For those who qualify, the laws surrounding medical marijuana in Missouri have now extended past just the use of cannabis as medicine. The state has deemed home cultivation legal and has given people the option to apply for a license that would allow them to cultivate medical marijuana in their homes. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a Missouri marijuana cultivation license and using it to grow MMJ at home.
What is a Missouri Medical Cultivation License?
The Missouri Medical Cultivation License is part of MO’s medical marijuana program. The recently introduced license gives patients the option to choose between purchasing their medicine through a licensed dispensary or growing their own at home. When a person is approved for the license, they are then able to legally harvest and use the cannabis they have grown for their medical needs.
The cultivation license is given to those who wish to cultivate flowering marijuana plants. This addition to the medical marijuana program in Missouri gives patients more freedom when it comes to cannabis accessibility.
Missouri Cultivation License rules
As with all medical marijuana in Missouri, there are specific rules that card holders must follow to be able to cultivate cannabis at home. Each person over the age of 18 with a medical marijuana card qualifies to apply for a Missouri marijuana cultivation license; however, anyone under the age of 18 will not be able to get a license unless they are emancipated. However, their guardian can apply for the license if they hold a primary caregiver card.
Those who have previous convictions for marijuana possession prior to its legalization will not be penalized and still qualify for the cultivation license, but they also must be in good legal standing after they are issued the license, or it could be revoked.
How many plants can you grow with medical card in Missouri?
People who are approved for a Missouri home cultivation license are free to grow their own marijuana flowering plants, but there is a limit as to how much they can grow. In Missouri, the laws state that up to six flowering plants can be grown at home with the proper and approved license.
That being said, there is one caveat that would allow for more plants to be grown in a shared home space. For example, if two people who are both patients live together, they would be able to grow up to 12 flowering plants in the shared space. Two caregivers, or a patient and a caregiver, may also grow up to 12 flowering plants in a shared space if they both are approved for an MO home cultivation license.
How many plants can a caregiver grow in MO?
Caregivers who have a home cultivation card can grow up to six flowering plants. If there are two caregivers in a shared space, both may be able to grow six plants each for a total combined 12 plants.
In rare cases, up to three sets of six plants may be grown in a shared space. However, one of the people living in the space must hold both a patient card and caregiver card. The plants that are able to be grown at home in this case include six flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six clones.
How to apply for a Missouri Cultivation License
Missouri home cultivation license application can be done as part of your initial patient or caregiver application. If you already have a Missouri MMJ card, you can apply to upgrade your existing card to incorporate cultivation rights.
How much is a cultivation license in Missouri?
Patient cultivator applications costs $100, and your license will be valid for one year.