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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri

June 4, 2019
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Missouri residents voted in Amendment 2 last November, legalizing medical marijuana across the state (recreational cannabis remains illegal in the state). Missourians aren’t likely to see their first legal medical cannabis dispensaries until 2020, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS)—the state governing body that will be handling medical marijuana licensing—will make online applications available to qualifying patients and/or their primary caregivers as of today, June 4, 2019.

Completed patient applications will be accepted as early as July 4, 2019.

Completed patient applications will be accepted as early as July 4, 2019, and Missourians should be able to apply for their identification cards directly through the MDHSS website. Clinics will be able to provide a one-stop shop for Missourians looking to obtain their medical marijuana card.

Below is some information on how the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in Missouri works and some clinics where you can get one.

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS)

The MDHSS is the first place you should visit when applying for a medical marijuana card in Missouri. They anticipate an online application process, allowing you to submit directly through their site.

Plus, everything you could possibly need to know about medical marijuana in Missouri, from qualifying for medical marijuana to applying for your Missouri medical marijuana card to obtaining legal marijuana once you receive your card, is right there on the website. They’ll also be able to answer questions about growing your own plants or obtaining a primary caregiver card as well.

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How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana ID Card

Before you even begin the application process, you’ll need to get a doctor’s recommendation. Keep in mind: Any physician certification you receive for medical cannabis must be no more than 30 days old at the time of application.

If you’re unsure whether your illness makes Missouri’s list of qualifying conditions, you can double-check here. You can also use Leafly’s Find a Doctor tool to locate a physician familiar with cannabis near you.

There will be three different types of medical marijuana ID cards:

  • Qualifying patient
  • Primary caregiver
  • Patient cultivation
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We’ll focus primarily on qualifying patient cards. The application process will include:

  • Basic personal information
  • Photo
  • Proof of residency (such as a driver’s licence or a recent utility bill)
  • Email address
  • Nonrefundable $25 application fee

If your application is approved, you should receive your Missouri medical marijuana card within 30 days.

Where to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Below are some of the top clinics in Missouri that can help you obtain a medical marijuana card. If you have any questions about the process, just give them a call. A lot of people will be trying to figure out how the new system works.

Missouri Marijuana Card

This clinic aims to make medical cannabis accessible to all Missourians with a qualifying condition. They also provide some basic information on terpenes, common strains, and the endocannabinoid system, on its blog and social media platforms as well.

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According to the organization’s website, the mission of Missouri Marijuana Card is, “to increase access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state of Missouri.” Missouri Marijuana Card is planning to open offices in all of the Show Me State’s major cities, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Jefferson City, so they’re off to a good start.

All of their offices will be staffed with physicians who can recommend medical marijuana, plus office managers to help you with every step of the application process.

If cost is a concern for you, the organization offers a variety of payment methods for initial examinations, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts. After your first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.

To learn more, visit the Missouri Marijuana Card website. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 303-3117.

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Green Health Docs

Founded by a team of pain medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, and surgeons, Green Health Docs is working to end the opioid epidemic in the United States by helping its patients legally obtain medical cannabis.

Starting in Maryland and expanding to Ohio and Missouri, their primary goal is to provide easy access to medical cannabis as an alternative to traditional pain medications, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and other addictive and potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs. They will have locations in Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield.

Check out this step-by-step explainer video on how to obtain a Missouri medical marijuana card with the help of Green Health Docs. Or, give them a call at: (314) 282-8017 or (877) 242-0362 (toll free).

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Cannabis Doctors US, Missouri

Cannabis Doctors recently opened facilities in Ferguson and South Jefferson, with locations opening in West County and St. Charles County in June. So if you live in or near the greater St. Louis area, Cannabis Doctors can help you find a physician familiar with cannabis near you.

The company is already established in Maryland and New York, and you’ll find everything from required patient documents, hours of operation, and prices on its website.

You can reach Cannabis Doctors anytime during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturdays from eight a.m. to noon—just give them a call at (888) 420-1536 or set up an appointment online.

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Elizabeth Enochs

Elizabeth Enochs is a Los Angeles-based writer and journalist from a small town in Missouri that you've probably never heard of. Liz writes about everything from cannabis culture to animal welfare. You can read more of her work over at The Green Plate, Bustle, Girlboss, The Dodo, Mercy For Animals, and a few others.

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