In Missouri, people can use medical marijuana to treat a wide range of illnesses and medical conditions. Missouri voted to pass Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana, in 2018, and after a slow start, the state’s MMJ program is now flourishing.
Missouri began awarding its first licenses to marijuana growers and dispensaries in late 2019, but MMJ products only became available to Missourians in the fall of 2020. At first, the supply of medical marijuana was limited, and prices reflected this by being relatively high. But as Missouri MMJ growers became fully operational, the supply and variety of products available increased and prices decreased.
With Missouri’s medical marijuana program now fully up and running, more and more people in the state are eager to avail of MMJ treatment. So how long does it take to get an MMJ card in Missouri? And is getting a Missouri medical marijuana card an easy process? Let’s find out.
How Easy Is It To Get A Medical Card In Missouri?
The Missouri medical marijuana program is straightforward and well-organized. Missouri is a new medical marijuana state and so it has been able to learn from the successes and failures of other states in implementing a patient-friendly MMJ program. Getting an MMJ card in Missouri is a quick and easy process.
How Do You Get A Medical Card In Missouri?
You apply for your Missouri MMJ card by submitting a Physician Certification Form to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens. The form must be completed by the applicant and a licensed Missouri physician.
The quickest way to have a consultation with a licensed Missouri physician is to set up a telemedicine appointment through the MMJRecs online clinic. In the online consultation, the physician will determine your suitability for MMJ treatment. If MMJ treatment is deemed appropriate, the physician will complete the relevant sections of an MMJ application form and forward it to you by email.
What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Medical Card In Missouri?
- Intractable migraines
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders
- 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 marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
- A terminal illness
- 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
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Medical Card In Missouri?
It costs $25 to apply for a Missouri MMJ card, and the fee must be paid each year when the card is renewed.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Medical Card In Missouri?
Once you have submitted your MMJ card application to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens, it will be processed within 30 days.
How Long Does It Take To Get Your Medical Card In The Mail?
How long it takes to get your medical card in the mail can vary depending on where you live. The postal service will usually receive your MMJ card within 14 days of it being posted, so the maximum you should expect to wait to receive your Missouri MMJ card in the mail is six weeks from the date you submit your application.
Can I Use My Missouri Medical Card As Soon As I Receive It In The Mail?
Yes, you can use your Missouri MMJ card to enter dispensaries and purchase products as soon as you receive it.
Where Can I Use My Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?
You can use your medical card in any Missouri MMJ dispensary. A few other states allow MMJ cardholders from any other state to buy MMJ in their local dispensaries; these states include Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
What Can I Buy With A Missouri Medical Card?
Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries sell a wide variety of MMJ products:
- MMJ flower
- MMJ pre-rolls
- Vape cartridges
- Topical creams, gels, and rubs
Can Out-Of-State Medical Card-Holders Purchase MMJ In Missouri?
Missouri does not practice reciprocity, which means it does not allow out-of-state medical marijuana cardholders to purchase MMJ products in Missouri dispensaries.