As a law-abiding resident of Missouri, you are probably curious about the Missouri cannabis laws, aren't you? That's great!  Elevate Holistics is here to help you learn all you need to about Missouri cannabis laws. Is medical marijuana legal? What does the law say about the cultivation of cannabis in Missouri?  What medical conditions qualify you for an MMJ card in Missouri? etc. In this piece, we're covering it all.

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Cannabis Laws in Missouri 

In 2018, 65.5% of Missourians collectively voted to pass Amendment 2. With the passage of this Amendment, the right of Missouri patients to legally access medical marijuana in the state officially became a part of the constitution. This Amendment became law on December 6, 2018. However, recreational cannabis remains illegal in Missouri to date.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Missouri

With a physician's approval in Missouri, you can legally access medical marijuana if you have any of these conditions:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Medical conditions generally treated with prescription medication that could lead to dependence and where the physician determines that medical marijuana could be a safer and effective treatment
  • Conditions causing persistent pain or muscle spasms which includes Tourette's syndrome and Parkinson's disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders like PTSD
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV or Aids
  • Huntington's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatments
  • Neuropathies
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Terminal illness
  • Wasting Syndrome

You can apply to the Department of Health and Senior Services for a patient registration card if a state-licensed physician provides you with a certification. You must, however, recertify this card at least once every year. For a minor patient, i.e., patients under 18 years, the law states that you need to have your parent or guardian's written consent to qualify for a patent registration card.

An interesting fact about the medical cannabis laws of the state is that it is one of the few states that allow out-of-state patients with valid patient registration cards from their home states to enjoy the same legal protections available to Missouri patients.  

Cultivation and Possession Laws in Missouri

In Missouri, caregivers and qualified patients who have applied for and received a cultivation card can cultivate their plants at home. As a cardholder, you can grow only up to a maximum of six plants. However, it remains illegal for non-patients to cultivate cannabis in the state. Cultivation of 35 grams or less is currently a Class E felony, punishable by a maximum of four years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000. Anyone convicted of cultivating 35 grams or more is guilty of a Class C felony. 

This offense is punishable by a sentence ranging between three to ten years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000. Please note the provision of Amendment 2 to the effect that dispensaries must only sell medical marijuana products that they cultivate within the state.

In addition, Amendment 2 has imposed a limit on possession of marijuana by both patients and caregivers to a maximum of one ounce. You may purchase up to four ounces every 30 days. If you have a cultivation ID card as a patient or caregiver, you can cultivate up to a maximum of six plants. Additionally, your cultivation must take place in an enclosed space accessible only to you. 

The Amendment also allows two patients to share a single cultivation space, in which case you can have a maximum of twelve plants in the location. However, where you or the other patient is also a caregiver, you can cultivate a maximum of 18 plants in a single location.

Why Should You Get a Missouri MMJ Card?

You have a lot to gain by getting your MMJ card in Missouri — and we can help you get one. Some of these benefits include:

As already mentioned, there are strict penalties if you are caught with marijuana in your possession. One way to be in the good books of the law in this regard is to get your medical marijuana card. With the MMJ card, you get to enjoy all the legal rights and benefits available to patients under Missouri medical marijuana law.

Lower costs

With your MMJ card, you can access marijuana from dispensaries across the state at a lower cost. As a patient who uses medical marijuana to manage a medical condition, you need to regularly use it. Yearly, this can cost you quite a bit. Thus, your MMJ card can help you access many medical marijuana dispensaries in the state who give more concessions to patients.

Cultivation of Your Plants

As a patient with a medical marijuana card, you can apply for a separate cultivation card and grow your marijuana plants. As you know, this can help you reduce the costs of going to dispensaries since you can cultivate your supply at home.

Higher Dosage

To alleviate the symptoms of some medical conditions, you need a higher dosage. With your medical marijuana card, you can easily access this higher dosage from medical dispensaries.

How is the Missouri Medical Marijuana Market Doing?

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the medical cannabis program of the state has over 120,000 registered patients. Fifty-six approved dispensary facilities provide relevant services to these patients across the state.

There is a 4% retail sales tax on medical cannabis in Missouri, and the state retains more than 5% of this sum as actual collection costs. The rest is deposited into the Missouri Veterans Health Care Fund. This fund is for veterans' benefits, including their healthcare services, housing assistance, drug rehabilitation services, tuition assistance, and job training.

Assistance Through Elevate Holistics

Here at Elevate Holistics, your health is our priority. That is why we provide high-quality telehealth services to our wide array of patients across different states, including Missouri. If you need to get your medical marijuana card in the fastest and most convenient way possible, look no further than the appointment scheduler down below. Send us a message today, and we will be glad to be of help.