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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa: Your Step-by-Step Process
Elevate Holistics makes getting your Iowa medical marijuana card quick, easy, and oh-so-affordable. With our telehealth process, you can get your IA MMJ card in less than 30 minutes, all from the comfort of your couch, desk, or bed. (We don’t judge!)
Below, we’ve outlined the simple three-step process that breaks down getting your Iowa medical marijuana card.
Meet With an MMJ Doctor (Like Us!)
First things first, you have to meet with a physician to ensure you qualify for medical marijuana. Technically, in Iowa, any MD or DO can prescribe medical marijuana; but, if you want to make the process easy, you can go through Elevate Holistics.
Elevate Holistics has a team of professional Illinois MMJ doctors who are dedicated to giving you the cannabis care you need. You will meet with them digitally — either over the phone or the computer — to see whether or not you qualify for medical cannabis.
Our appointments take far less than 30 minutes, making them absolutely no interruption to your busy schedule.
Get Approved and Register With the State
After you’ve been approved by one of our doctors, you will head over to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services website to register with the state.
Here, they will ask you to prove your Iowa residency, as well as pay the $100 state fee.
Get Your MMJ Card and Start Shopping!
Compared to other states, Iowa tends to approve their patients fairly quickly. You may even hear back within 24 hours!
If you qualify, they’ll email you a temporary card that you can use until your permanent card comes in the mail a few weeks later.
Iowa Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
In order to get your Iowa medical marijuana card, you have to be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
• ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Crohn’s disease
• Chronic pain
• Corticobasal Degeneration
• Multiple Sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
• Parkinson’s disease
• Severe, intractable pediatric autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
• Severe, intractable autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
• Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
• Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
• Tourette syndrome
• Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year
• Ulcerative colitis
If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for medical marijuana in Arkansas, it may be worth seeing a doctor and getting their recommendation.
There is some flexibility in terms of using marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and nausea.
We are a team who believes in the medical benefits of cannabis; but, we’re also keenly aware that a large percentage of the population doesn’t know where to start on their cannabis journey. This is why we promise to treat every patient with respect, compassion, and love.
We’re all on our own journey and we promise to respect yours.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Card in Iowa?
Getting a medical card in Iowa doesn’t take too long. When you apply, the state may process your application within 24 hours. If not, it should only take a few days (about 3-5). As soon as you’re approved, the state sends you a temporary medical card so you can start purchasing your products right away.
When your permanent card is ready, you can pick it up at any Iowa DMV or courthouse.
Iowa Medical Marijuana Doctors
Elevate Holistics is proud to service the state of Iowa, with our certified doctors knowing the ins and outs of IA MMJ. Our team of marijuana doctors are all proficient in the field of medical cannabis and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Every telehealth appointment we have is 100% private, secure, and HIPAA-compliant; after all, we place your safety and security at the forefront.
Whether it’s your first time having a telehealth appointment or your 50th, Elevate Holistics and our Iowa marijuana doctors make the entire experience effortless — from start to finish.
Can Minors Get Medical Cards in Iowa?
Yes! If you have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Iowa but are under the age of 18, you can still purchase medical marijuana with the help of a caregiver. For minors, caregivers will typically be the parent or guardian.
The caregiver will be responsible for registering with the state, visiting dispensaries, buying products, and even administering them if need be.
Unfortunately, Elevate Holistics doesn’t offer minor appointments for those in Iowa just yet.
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- Fully Illegal
Frequently Asked Questions
Medical marijuana is legal in Iowa, while recreational cannabis is not yet legal. So, only those with IA MMJ cards can get their hands on marijuana legally in the Hawkeye State.
To get your Iowa medical marijuana card, you will need to provide proof of residency, your doctor’s certification, and your application fee of $100.
People choose to get their medical cards for various reasons! Since recreational cannabis isn’t permitted, having your MMJ card is the only way to safely (and legally) enjoy the plant in the state. This grants a level of security, safety, and, of course, reassurance.
To get an Iowa medical card, you have to pay a fee of $100 or $25 with a copy of your Social Security Disability or Medicaid card.
On top of this, you will also have to pay for your appointment with your qualifying physician. The cost of these appointments varies depending on where you go.
Here at Elevate Holistics, you can meet with one of our IA physicians for just $130.
Yes! The qualifications to be a caregiver in Iowa pertain to age and location: Caregivers must be over the age of 18, and they must live either in Iowa or in a state that borders Iowa such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, South Dakota, or Nebraska.
According to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services website, “There is not a medical cannabis product quantity possession limit for registered cardholders and caregivers.”
You can click here to learn more about Iowa’s medical marijuana laws.
No, even medical marijuana cardholders cannot grow plants at home in Iowa.
Yes and no. While out-of-state cardholders cannot purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries, they are allowed to bring their own products and enjoy them in appropriate (legal) settings.
However, you can only consume products that are legal in Iowa, meaning cannabis flower and edibles are not permitted for consumption.
Yes! You can click here to view a list of marijuana dispensaries in Iowa.
Since recreational marijuana is not legal, the only option for legal weed is medical marijuana.
This means only patients with a medical card in Iowa can buy, possess and use medical marijuana. Some states have reciprocity, meaning you can buy weed using the MMJ card from your home state, too.