Frequently Asked Questions about Missouri's Medical Marijuana Program
Q - What are the residency requirements to get a Medical Marijuana card in Missouri?
A - You must be a resident of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) won’t allow out-of-state patients to apply for a Missouri Medical Marijuana card.
Q - Can I apply if I live out of state?
A - Missouri does not grant medical marijuana licenses to out-of-state patients.
Q - What are the age requirements?
A - You must be 18 years or older. Minors are not allowed to get a card. A parent or guardian of a minor seeking Medical Marijuana treatment may apply for a caregiver license, however.
Q - What are the qualifying conditions for getting a Medical Marijuana license?
A - In Missouri, the law allows for medical marijuana to be used in the treatment for only the following conditions:
- Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state-licensed psychiatrist
- Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
- Any terminal illness AND/OR
- In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia and wasting syndrome.
Q - What medical documentation do I need to apply?
A - In Missouri, you will need valid identification and medical records regarding your condition when you visit a medical professional for an evaluation.
Q -How much am I allowed to own and purchase?
A - In Missouri, a patient can have six (6) flowering plants in their home, and can possess up to 4 ounces or a 60-day supply of dried marijuana.
Q - Where are the dispensaries?
A - Dispensaries are located all over the state! Visit the interactive map on our homepage to find the dispensary that works best for your specific situation.
Q -How long does it take to get my card once I’ve applied?
A - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) processes their applications within 30 days.
Q -Can I choose my own caregiver?
A - Yes. Under qualifying circumstances, a license will be granted that provide a designated caregiver to licensed patients. The qualifying circumstances can be found on the application. You will, however, need to provide valid, documented information as to why you need a caregiver.
Q -How long does my patient license last?
A - In Missouri, medical marijuana licenses are valid for one year from date of issue.
Want to learn more about medical cannabis from a doctor's perspective?
Read our INTRODUCTORY GUIDE written by Dr. Gillian Jones.