How Long Does Missouri Take To Approve A Medical Marijuana Card?

For a person with a qualifying condition, accessing medical marijuana for the first time may seem like a lengthy process because of all the things that have to be done prior to stepping foot into a dispensary. There are consultations, applications, and of course the time it takes between submitting your documents and getting approved.

While the process isn’t typically long in Missouri, there are various aspects of the application process that vary depending on the person, the documents submitted, and the government’s  processing of the application. So, how long does Missouri take to approve a medical marijuana card on average?

Knowing if you qualify for Missouri MMJ

The first thing you have to do when applying for a medical marijuana card in Missouri is figure out whether you qualify to get one. There are several conditions that qualify, including:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Treatment-resistant intractable migraines
  • Chronic disease that leads to pain or muscle spasms such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, seizures, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Mental health disorders that are debilitating in nature including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Medical conditions that require the use of medications that a person could come to depend on or be addicted to
  • Any terminal illness
  • Other chronic diseases at the discretion of a physician such as Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, wasting syndrome, or hepatitis C
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If you do have a qualifying condition, you can book an appointment with a certified physician. You will have to make sure that the time between the appointment and when you submit the application documents is less than 30 days. If the physician’s recommendation is older than that, the application will not be accepted.

How long does it take to get a Missouri Medical card?

After your consultation with an MMJ doctor (which should only take around 15 minutes with MMJRecs!), you will need to get all your application materials together and fill out your application properly. The application itself is not exceptionally lengthy and will likely take less than an hour or so to complete.  

Once you have filled it out, you can begin the application process by submitting your documents to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. You will have to register with the department using their online service; the state does not accept mailed in or emailed applications, so you’ll need to submit yours through the online portal. There are tutorials available for you to watch if you aren’t sure of how to fill out a certain section or attach your accompanying documents.

Once all of your documents have been submitted, the state has 30 days to review all your information before they make their final choice of acceptance or rejection. However, it may not take this long – you could get approved in as little as two weeks’ time.

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How long does it take to get your medical card in the mail in Missouri?

The good news is that there is no wait time from when you are approved and when you receive your Missouri MMJ card, because the system is all digital now. Patients simply log in to their patient registry and obtain a digital copy of their card from their account. If you prefer a physical copy, you can print yours out onto a piece of paper, but an easy way is to keep it saved on your phone for easy access whenever you have to purchase medical marijuana.

Because of the highly efficient process of applying for a medical marijuana card in Missouri, you can get one quickly and easily. The entire process could take anywhere from two weeks to just under two months. 

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Patient Drives In Missouri: How Do They Work?

Missouri’s medical marijuana (MMJ) program has been going from strength to strength since 2018. Missouri has one of the best-developed MMJ programs in the US, and the first of the many MO state dispensaries opened in 2020. There is no better time than now to apply for a Missouri MMJ card. Having a valid Missouri MMJ card guarantees you legal and safe access to medical cannabis products to help manage or treat your symptoms.

MMJ can ease or relieve the symptoms of numerous medical conditions. The following conditions qualify for a Missouri MMJ card:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • IBS
  • Intractable migraines
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Opioid substitution
  • Parkinson’s disease

Please note that this list is not final – there may be other qualifying conditions, which can be discussed during your consultation with a licensed state physician (more info on this below).

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What is a MO patient drive?

MMJ patient drives are a vital initiative that improves access to MMJ cards in Missouri by catering to those who may otherwise find it difficult to travel to urban centers for their consultation. So, what are patient drives in Missouri?

Patient drives are essentially pop-up events that enable people to quickly and easily undertake appointments for MMJ cards if they suffer from a qualifying condition. Any qualifying patient who attends a Missouri patient drive will not have to wait long for an appointment, and the application and certification process is much more efficient.

These kinds of MMJ evaluation patient drives benefit not only those seeking MMJ cards in Missouri, but also the dispensaries in the state. Missouri patient drive events can help patients to get their certification on the same day as their medical evaluation, increasing engagement with dispensaries.

The regular application process for a Missouri MMJ card usually involves:

  • Registering on a site like MMJRecs to provide some basic information, a copy of your Missouri state driver’s license, and answers to a short questionnaire
  • Completing a 10-minute long online medical consultation with a licensed state physician, where you’ll discuss your medical condition and history and address any questions you may have about the use of MMJ for your symptoms
  • Certification of your application by the physician, provided they are assured that MMJ will benefit you. This information is uploaded by the physician to the online portal
  • As soon as your fully certified application has been processed, you will receive your MMJ card via email. Your emailed Missouri MMJ card can be downloaded and printed, after which you are free to use it in any of the state’s dispensaries (no physical MMJ cards are issued in Missouri).

The timeline of this application process is greatly reduced by patient drives – the whole process can be done in person on the day. This makes patient drives popular among those seeking MMJ cards in the state, particularly patients who may not be as tech-savvy as others.

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Are you interested in organizing a MMJ patient drive in MO?

If you run a dispensary in MO, MMJRecs offers assistance in organizing your MMJ patient drive in Missouri (read more about the process of organizing a Missouri patient drive right here). Not only are all MMJRecs patient drive consultations carried out online (much quicker and easier!), but there is no limit to the number of patients that can be taken on. This means that any qualifying patient attending your evaluation drive can receive their MO MMJ certification on the same day.

By using MMJRecs to organize your MMJ patient drive, you can be sure that your dispensary’s drive will not disrupt the regular running of your business. You will also be able to provide MMJ products on the same day for those who receive their MO MMJ cards during the drive. MMJRecs will keep HIPAA-compliant records and manage the flow of patients, all while providing the most affordable certification prices in the US. The added efficiency of having an online certification system means that results are delivered quickly and the process runs smoothly. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with MMJRecs to organise your Missouri MMJ patient drive today!

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How Many Plants Can You Grow With A Medical Card In Missouri?

Home cultivation of medical marijuana has become popular in Missouri over the last few years. Seed banks have opened across the state and many Missouri MMJ patients are taking the opportunity to grow their own private supply of high-quality medical marijuana. So, how many plants can you grow with a medical card in Missouri? Read on to find out.

Can You Grow MMJ In Missouri?

Yes, it is legal to grow medical marijuana in Missouri if you hold a Missouri home cultivation license. Missouri cultivation license rules dictate that license holders can grow a limited amount of medical marijuana under specific growing conditions.

How Many Plants Can You Grow With A Medical Card In Missouri?

So, how many medical plants can I grow in MO? You can grow up to six flowering plants at a time if you hold a Missouri home cultivation license. At the same time, you can also have six nonflowering plants and six clones.

A maximum of two license-holders can grow their marijuana in one location (these people can be two patients, a patient and a caregiver, or two caregivers). In this case, 12 flowering plants may be grown in the space, along with 12 non-flowering plants and 12 clones.

If one of the patients is both a registered MMJ patient and also a registered caregiver, it is legal to grow a maximum of 18 flowering plants plus 18 nonflowering plants and 18 clones in the shared location.

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How To Submit A Missouri Home Cultivation License Application

You submit a Missouri home cultivation license application alongside your application for a Missouri MMJ patient license. Applicants must first have a consultation with a licensed Missouri physician. This can be done via video call at the MMJRecs online clinic.

Once the applicant’s suitability for MMJ treatment is established, the applicant and physician must complete a Physician Certification Form. The completed form must be submitted, along with the necessary fee, to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens.

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Missouri Home Cultivation License?

A Missouri home cultivation license costs $100. This must be submitted along with the patient license fee of $25 during the application process.

Missouri Cultivation License Rules

  • Cultivation must take place in an enclosed, locked facility. This can be indoors or outdoors but must be securely locked and only accessible to the license holder.
  • No more than the legally allowed six flowering plants plus six non-flowering planets plus six clones can be grown per licensed holder at any one time.
  • License holders may not grow MMJ for any other person unless they are a licensed caregiver to that other person.
  • All home-cultivated MMJ must be labeled with the patient’s name, and their qualifying patient cultivation identification card with cultivation authorization must be displayed at the cultivation area in close proximity to the plants.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For MMJ Treatment In Missouri?

You will qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Missouri if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • IBS
  • Intractable migraines
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Opioid substitution
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD or other debilitating psychiatric disorders
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Seizures
  • Terminal illness
  • A “chronic, debilitating, or other medical condition” that a physician decides would benefit from treatment with medical marijuana
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Where Can You Buy Medical Marijuana Seeds In Missouri?

You can purchase high-quality marijuana seeds for home MMJ cultivation from Missouri seed banks. There are seed banks located across the state which you can visit in person or order from online.

Missouri also has almost 200 medical marijuana dispensaries that sell a wide range of medical marijuana products.

What MMJ Products Are Available In Missouri Dispensaries?

The following range of medical marijuana products are available in Missouri dispensaries:

  • MMJ flower
  • Pre-rolls
  • Edibles
  • Topical creams, gels, and rubs
  • Tinctures
  • Vape cartridges

How Much MMJ Can You Legally Possess In Missouri?

As well as cultivating up to six flowering plants at a time, medical marijuana patients in Missouri can also purchase up to four ounces of MMJ every 30 days from Missouri dispensaries.

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How Do I Get My Missouri MMJ Card In 2022?

Having a Missouri MMJ card makes it easy and safe to purchase the medical marijuana (MMJ) products you need in the state of Missouri. MMJ has been fully legal in the state of Missouri since 2018, and the industry has gone from strength to strength. There are over 200 dispensaries in the state of Missouri, selling a wide range of MMJ products – from pre-rolls to edibles to oils.

Having a Missouri MMJ card is the only way to legally purchase these products. Missouri does not accept out-of-state cards, so you will need a specific Missouri MMJ card to buy the products you need. Luckily, the application process for a Missouri medical card is inexpensive and straightforward. If you’ve decided that this is the year that you’d like to try MMJ treatment, read on for our guide on how to get your Missouri MMJ card in 2022 – and all the benefits it can bring you.

What qualifies for medical marijuana in Missouri?

The conditions that qualify for a Missouri MMJ card include the following:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to treatment
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • IBD
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Autism
  • Neuropathies
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • A chronic medical condition that would benefit from MMJ treatment rather than standard prescription medication that could lead to physical and/or physiological dependence

Other conditions that are considered terminal/chronic may also qualify for a Missouri MMJ card. Your Missouri state physician will discuss your current medical condition and medical history during your consultation to decide whether your condition would benefit from MMJ treatment.

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What is the Missouri medical marijuana application process?

So how easy is it to get a medical card in MO? Luckily, it’s not difficult to get your Missouri medical card online if you have a qualifying condition. The process is simple and can be done entirely online from the comfort of your own home.

  1. Simply register online through the MMJRecs portal, which involves uploading a photo of your Missouri driver’s license and filling in a quick medical questionnaire.
  2. From there, you can arrange a consultation with a licensed state physician – this only takes about 10 minutes.
  3. If the physician decides that you would benefit from MMJ treatment, they will fill in and send you your certification form by email within 48 hours. You can use this form for your application for a Missouri MMJ card, by logging in through the Missouri medical marijuana online application page.
  4. Once your application has been logged by the state of Missouri, you will receive your Missouri MMJ card via email. Simply print this card and you can use it to purchase MMJ in the state’s dispensaries. Missouri does not issue physical cards, so this email print-out will be your ID. You will typically receive this email within 30 days.

The process is also inexpensive. The application fee for the Missouri MMJ card (paid to the state’s processing office directly) is currently just over $25 – this must also be paid again on renewal of your card. The fee for your online consultation through MMJRecs is an additional $129.99, but this will only be charged if you are deemed eligible for a Missouri MMJ card.

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You can purchase up to four ounces of medical marijuana every 30 days in Missouri. You can also grow up to six flowering plants in your home. If you want to grow medical marijuana at home in Missouri, you must apply for an identification card from the Missouri Department of Health, which costs $100.

So is it legal to use medical marijuana in public in Missouri? According to Missouri MMJ law, medical marijuana can only be consumed in a private location in the state. It is illegal to consume MMJ in a vehicle or in a public place. It’s important that you respect this when you use MMJ, and ensure that you use it in a private area to stay within the law.

Medical marijuana can provide a wide range of benefits to those with a qualifying condition. It can offer pain relief as well as relaxing the body and mind. If you think you would benefit from MMJ, log in and start your journey with MMJRecs today!

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Missouri Marijuana Cultivation License: Everything You Need To Know

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.

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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.

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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.

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MMJ In Missouri: Everything A Medical Marijuana Patient Needs To Know

Medical marijuana (MMJ) is becoming easier and safer to access than ever before in the state of Missouri. In fact, Missouri had a record-breaking MMJ sales month in July 2021 (read more on that here), which proves that its MMJ industry is going from strength to strength. More and more people are realizing the potential health benefits of MMJ, and with such a simple and quick application process, there has never been a better time to get a Missouri MMJ card.

Read on for everything you need to know about MMJ in Missouri.

Is MMJ legal in Missouri?

MMJ has been fully legal in the state of Missouri since 2018. The first dispensaries opened in the state in 2020, and many more have since opened their doors (at the time of writing, there are over 200!). Dispensaries offer many MMJ products for sale to suit a wide range of people, including edibles and pre-rolls. The only legal way to purchase MMJ in a Missouri dispensary is through use of a Missouri MMJ card.

Missouri does not accept out-of-state cards, so those who can legally purchase MMJ in their home state cannot do so while visiting Missouri. However, many other U.S. states accept the Missouri MMJ card in their state dispensaries (such as Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia).

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How easy is it to get a medical card in Missouri?

There are several qualifying conditions for a Missouri MMJ card. These include HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, and many more. When you have an online MMJ consultation, a licensed state physician will go over your symptoms and medical history to make sure that MMJ is a good treatment option for you. If you have a qualifying condition, it is very likely that you would benefit from MMJ, and so the physician will validate your application for a Missouri MMJ card.

After your consultation, you will receive your signed and approved Missouri MMJ certification via email (provided you are deemed a suitable candidate for MMJ use). You can then use this certification to complete your state registration. When the state approves your application for a Missouri MMJ card, you will receive an email with your patient identity card. Simply print this out and you can use it to purchase MMJ at any of the state’s licensed dispensaries (Missouri does not issue physical MMJ cards, so this print-out will suffice!). The whole application process is simple and quick, and can be done online from the comfort of your own home.

How much is an MMJ card in Missouri?

The application for an MMJ card in Missouri costs just over $25. The online consultation with a MMJRecs physicians costs an additional $129.99 – but this evaluation is free if it is not approved.

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How long does it take to get your medical card in Missouri?

The application process for a Missouri MMJ card is efficient and streamlined and doesn’t take long at all. Following your 5–10 minute online consultation with an licensed physician, you will receive your certification by post within 24–48 hours (if successful). Once you have used this certification to register with the state of Missouri, you should receive your Missouri MMJ card by email within 30 days.

Why should I get a Missouri MMJ card?

There are many benefits of MMJ for those with qualifying conditions. It can provide relief for symptoms of many chronic illnesses, easing pain as well as relaxing the mind and body. There are many new ways to take MMJ, and at a licensed Missouri dispensary, you always know exactly what type of MMJ you are buying.

A Missouri MMJ card is the only way to legally access MMJ in Missouri. If you think you would benefit from MMJ use, check out our further information on MMJ in Missouri.

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Can You Get A Medical Card Online In Missouri?

The Missouri medical marijuana market is growing rapidly. Missouri dispensaries sold a record-breaking $21.03 million worth of MMJ products in July 2021 alone. This means 2021 has, at the time of writing, seen revenues of over $91 million.

Thousands of Missourians are now enjoying the life-enhancing benefits of medical marijuana treatment. The Missouri MMJ program is patient-friendly and well run, and is fast becoming one of the leading programs in the nation.

Lots more people who can benefit from Missouri MMJ are now looking to apply for a Missouri medical card. So, what is the process of applying for a Missouri MMJ card? Can you get a medical card online in Missouri? And how much does it cost to get a medical card in Missouri? Below, we’ll answer these important questions and more.

Can You Get A Medical Card Online In Missouri?

Yes, you can get a Missouri medical marijuana card online. You’ll need to apply through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens (DHSS) website.

Can You Complete The Missouri MMJ Card Application Process Online?

You can complete the entire Missouri MMJ card application process online. You can have your medical consultation on a telemedicine website such as MMJRecs, then submit your application and payment on the DHSS website, and even download your MMJ card from the DHAA website once you’ve been approved.

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How Do You Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Missouri?

To get a Missouri medical card, simply undergo a telemedicine consultation with a Missouri physician at the MMJRecs online clinic. The physician will fill in the necessary sections of a Physician Certification Form. You’ll then complete the application form and submit it, along with a fee of $25, to the Missouri DHSS.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For Medical Marijuana Treatment In Missouri?

To qualify for an online Missouri MMJ card, a person must have one or more of the following medical conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • IBS
  • Intractable migraines
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Opioid substitution
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD or other debilitating psychiatric disorders
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Seizures
  • Terminal illness
  • A “chronic, debilitating, or other medical condition” that a physician decides would benefit from treatment with medical marijuana

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Medical Card In Missouri?

A medical marijuana card costs $25 in Missouri. Cards must be renewed annually, and the $25 fee must be paid every time you renew.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Missouri Medical Card?

You will receive approval for your Missouri MMJ card within 30 days of application. Once approved, you can download your MMJ card directly from the DHSS website.

Do You Have To Live In Missouri To Get A Medical Card?

Yes – in order to get a Missouri medical marijuana card, you must live in the state of Missouri. When applying for your Missouri MMJ card, you will need to show proof of residence by providing a state ID, utility bill or DMV registration.

How Many Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are In Missouri?

Missouri now has almost 200 medical marijuana dispensaries. Dispensaries are operating all across the state. Missouri MMJ dispensaries sell a good selection of locally produced medical marijuana treatments.

What MMJ Products Are Available In Missouri Dispensaries?

You can purchase the following products with your online Missouri MMJ card:

  • Marijuana flower
  • Pre-rolls
  • Edibles
  • Creams, gels, and rubs
  • Tinctures
  • Vapes
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How Much Medical Marijuana Can You Purchase In Missouri?

You can purchase up to four ounces of medical marijuana every 30 days in Missouri. You can grow up to six flowering plants in your home. If you want to grow medical marijuana at home in Missouri, you must apply for an identification card from the Missouri Department of Health. The card costs $100.

Where Is It Legal To Consume MMJ In Missouri?

According to Missouri MMJ law, medical marijuana can only be consumed in a private location in the state. It is illegal to consume MMJ in a vehicle or in a public place.

Can You Get Fired For Having An MMJ Card In Missouri?

Certain jobs in Missouri include mandatory drug tests. If you fail a drug test in one of these jobs, you may be sanctioned and perhaps even fired.

Being a Missouri MMJ card holder does not necessarily protect you from being fired if you fail a drug test in your place of work, because certain jobs require that employees do not have marijuana in their system.

Can Out-Of-State Medical Card Holders Purchase MMJ In Missouri?

Missouri does not practice medical marijuana reciprocity. This means that out-of-state MMJ card holders cannot purchase medical marijuana in Missouri.

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4 Reasons Why More Patients Are Applying For A Missouri Medical Card

Medical marijuana (MMJ) has been completely legal in the state of Missouri since 2018. This relaxation of regulation surrounding MMJ use is welcome news to those suffering from a variety of medical conditions. MMJ can help with numerous chronic illnesses and conditions such as cancer, epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis, and more and more people are realizing its benefits.

Accessing MMJ in the state of Missouri is much easier now that there are numerous dispensaries operating throughout the state. These opened in October 2020 and offer a wide variety of useful MMJ products. At present, there are over 130 licensed dispensaries in the state. MMJ can only be purchased at these dispensaries with a valid Missouri MMJ card.

So how many medical cards are there in Missouri? Over 125,000, as of July 2021. There are so many benefits to having an MMJ card! Read on for the top reasons why more patients are applying for a Missouri medical card in 2021.

1. It’s easy to apply

How easy is it to get a medical card in Missouri? Applying for a Missouri MMJ card is a simple and streamlined process. In fact, with MMJRecs, the entire application process can be done online through the MMJRecs clinic, and usually takes about 10 minutes. During this online consultation, a licensed physician will assess whether you meet the criteria for a Missouri MMJ card. If your application is approved, the physician will send out your certification via email within 48 hours, which can then be used to register for the Missouri medical marijuana patient application page.

Once the state approves your application, you will be emailed your patient identification card (Missouri does not supply physical MMJ cards). As soon as you print this email out, you are free to purchase MMJ at any of the state’s licensed dispensaries. The whole process can be completed online, in the comfort of your own home.

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2. MMJ is widely available at dispensaries

If you meet the Missouri medical card requirements, a wide variety of MMJ products is available to you at licensed state dispensaries, including edibles and pre-rolls. These MMJ products can only be purchased at dispensaries with a Missouri MMJ card – Missouri does not accept MMJ cards from other states. However, with your Missouri MMJ card, you are eligible for out-of-state purchases at dispensaries in several other states, including Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.

3. There’s more widespread acceptance of MMJ use

Attitudes towards MMJ are changing as it becomes increasingly more common to use MMJ to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. There is much less stigma attached to the use of MMJ nowadays, and its health benefits are beginning to attract people who previously felt unsure about medical marijuana. The growing acceptance of MMJ in Missouri means more people are applying for MMJ cards to help with their medical conditions, free from the judgment they might once have experienced.

4. It’s safer than ever to access MMJ

The legalization of MMJ has made it much safer to access MMJ in Missouri. Your Missouri MMJ card guarantees you access to safe, legally produced MMJ at dispensaries. The knowledgeable staff at dispensaries can help you to choose the right product and gain the maximum benefit from your MMJ.

Having your Missouri MMJ card ensures that you can be in possession of the legal prescribed amount of MMJ. As recreational marijuana use is still prohibited in Missouri, having an MMJ card is important as a means to access MMJ while staying within the law.

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There are many benefits associated with your Missouri MMJ card, and it’s clear why more and more people are applying for them. Application is a simple and quick process, which can be done completely online. The many licensed state dispensaries throughout Missouri make the purchase of a wide variety of MMJ products safe and legal. Attitudes towards MMJ are largely becoming more open-minded and accepting, and more and more people are considering MMJ as a treatment for their medical conditions.

If you’re ready to apply for your Missouri MMJ card, visit the MMJRecs online portal today!

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From Amendment 2 to $21M: Why Missouri Just Had a Record-Breaking MMJ Sales Month

Missouri’s record-breaking MMJ sales month has further confirmed the need (and demand!) for medical marijuana in the state. Missouri sold $21.03 million worth of medical marijuana in July 2021 alone, which puts 2021 revenue at just over $91 million at the time of writing. Along with the added revenue, more manufacturers, dispensaries, and facilities also opened in the same month. This staggering success of the medical marijuana business in Missouri has come a long way from the humble beginnings it had following its legalization.

It’s thought that the reason for this huge economic success is a result of patient access. Patients in Missouri don’t have to drive far to get access to their medication, prices of medical cannabis are being lowered, and the selection of available products is growing. The record sales are driven by these factors, and the industry is doing more than just helping patients with approved medical conditions find relief from their disorders. It is also creating jobs and giving medical marijuana companies in Missouri the opportunity to invest directly into their communities.

The Missouri medical marijuana journey

The Missouri government took a vote on Amendment 2, otherwise known as the Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative, in 2018. After the bill was passed, the medical marijuana industry began taking steps to make cannabis accessible to patients with approved conditions.

In the short time that MMJ has been legal, the state has made exponential gains in revenue. A report by the Motley Fool has projected that Missouri’s total revenue from medical marijuana from its program’s inception to the end of 2021 may be just under $200 million.

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What qualifies for a medical marijuana card in Missouri?

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there is a variety of approved conditions that can grant people access to the use of medical marijuana. Those conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Treatment-resistant migraines
  • Conditions that cause persistent pain or muscle spasms such as Parkinson’s disease, seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Psychiatric disorders that are debilitating in nature, including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Chronic medical conditions that could lead to a medication dependence, whether physical or psychological
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Other conditions such as hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, and others at the discretion of a physician

How much can you buy from a dispensary at a time in Missouri?

People living in Missouri with an MMJ card can purchase a variety of cannabis products such as edibles or dried flower. However, there are limits to the amount each patient can purchase at a time.

These limits are put in place to ensure that MMJ users are getting the appropriate doses of their medication – no more and no less. In Missouri, laws have been put into place stating that people who are approved to purchase medical marijuana have monthly limits. That means that over the course of a month, MMJ card holders can only possess so much MMJ, whether they purchase small amounts throughout the month or in bulk at the beginning of the month.

The limit on monthly amounts for patients in Missouri is 4 ounces, with an overall Missouri medical equivalency unit (MMEs) of no more than 32. This means that during the course of the month a person cannot get more than 32 MMEs or more than 4 ounces. An example on the Missouri government website states that 1 MME is equivalent to 3.5 grams of medical marijuana, 1 gram of marijuana concentrate, or 100 mg of THC-infused product. These will all be calculated together to ensure that a person does not go over their limit for the month.

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Is it easy to get a medical card in Missouri?

Applying for a medical marijuana card is not a difficult process in Missouri. First, a person must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition and a certified physician must fill out a form for the qualifying patient to submit. Once the form is filled out and submitted, patients can complete their application by registering with the Complia application portal. After the person has completed registration, they can complete their application. The state department has up to 30 days to process the submitted applications, and this is done on a first-come first-serve basis.

With the sheer amount of revenue being made, the state of Missouri has been left in no doubt of the success of its MMJ program. According to reports, roughly 135,000 Missouri patients and caregivers have been approved to use medical marijuana to help chronic and debilitating health conditions, and the Missouri MMJ industry is only expected to continue its growth.

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Does Missouri Have Recreational MMJ Dispensaries?

Missouri voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2018. The state issued its first MMJ business licenses in late 2019, but the Missouri MMJ program was a little slow to get off the ground. Missouri medical marijuana businesses, both dispensaries and growers, had to start from zero. There was a lot of organizing and preparation to be done to make the Show-Me State’s MMJ program operational.

However, the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri is already proving to be hugely beneficial to people who suffer from a wide variety of medical conditions. MMJ legalization is bringing in a lot of revenue for local businesses, as well as creating many new employment opportunities for local Missourians.

With legal MMJ proving to be so beneficial for the state of Missouri, a lot of people are now wondering: what is the situation with recreational MMJ in Missouri? Does Missouri have recreational MMJ dispensaries? Read on to find out.

MMJ Dispensaries In MO

Are Missouri dispensaries open yet? This is a question we get asked a lot. Thankfully for MMJ patients in the Show-Me State, the answer to this much-asked question is a resounding yes! There are now almost 200 open MMJ dispensaries in Missouri.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are located all across Missouri, serving medical card holders throughout the state. The majority of Missouri dispensaries operate in the major population hubs of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Missouri MMJ dispensaries are projected to sell $200 million of medical marijuana products in 2021.

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Does Missouri Have Recreational Dispensaries?

Dispensaries for medical marijuana are currently open throughout Missouri, but what about recreational dispensaries – are there recreational dispensaries in Missouri? Unfortunately, the answer is no – Missouri does not have legal recreational marijuana, and therefore has no recreational dispensaries.

Will Missouri Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Happen?

Moves are being made toward the legalization of recreational marijuana in Missouri. A group called Fair Access Missouri has filed a series of potential petitions to legalize recreational MMJ in the state. It is hoped that a vote will happen in 2022.

What Services Do Missouri MMJ Dispensaries Provide?

Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries sell medical marijuana products to MO MMJ card holders. They also provide education and information to patients about MMJ treatment and new products.

The MMJ products available at Missouri dispensaries are:

  • Cannabis flower
  • Pre-rolls
  • MMJ edibles
  • Tinctures
  • Vape cartridges
  • Topical creams, gels, and rubs

Who Can Access Missouri Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Only Missouri MMJ cardholders can access medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Unfortunately, Missouri does not practice reciprocity, which means that out-of-state MMJ cardholders cannot purchase MMJ at Missouri dispensaries.

How Do You Get A Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

You get a Missouri medical marijuana card by submitting a Physician Certification Form to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens.

The application needs to be completed by both the applicant and a licensed Missouri physician. You can have a consultation with a Missouri physician using the MMJ Recs online clinic. Once your suitability for MMJ has been determined, the physician will complete the relevant sections of an application form and forward it to you by email.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

The following medical conditions qualify a person for a Missouri medical marijuana card:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • IBS
  • Intractable migraines
  • Any chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms
  • 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 MMJ could be effective as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
  • Any terminal illness                            
  • Any other chronic, debilitating medical condition that a physician decides would benefit from MMJ treatment
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD or other debilitating psychiatric disorders
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Seizures
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How Much Does A Missouri MMJ Card Cost?

A Missouri medical marijuana card costs $25. This fee must be paid every year when the MMJ card comes up for renewal.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Missouri MMJ Card?

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Citizens will process your medical marijuana card application within 30 days. The postal service can take up to 14 days to deliver your MMJ card to you, so you are certain to receive your Missouri medical cannabis card within six weeks at the most.

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Millions Per Month: Why The Missouri Medical Marijuana Business Is Booming

In 2014, Governor Jay Nixon signed the Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill, making it possible for CBD to be used as medicine for seizures. In 2018, Amendment 2 was passed, making medical marijuana in the state completely legal.

Since these beginnings in 2014, many other changes surrounding the use and possession of medical marijuana have been put into place in Missouri so the state can provide legal medical marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of approved conditions. This legalization has been good for both patients and for the government, which is profiting significantly from the changes in MMJ law.

Is medical marijuana being sold in Missouri yet?

It has been a few years since the wheels began turning on the legalization and sale of medical marijuana in the state of Missouri. Even though laws were put into place that legalized MMJ and made it possible for qualifying patients to access the medication, dispensaries and sales had not yet come into play.

It wasn’t until October of 2020 that dispensaries began opening their doors to qualifying patients for the sale of medical marijuana. By this time, there was a vast number of licensed dispensaries ready and waiting to provide medication to those who needed it most.

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How many dispensaries are licensed in Missouri?

The selling of medical marijuana in Missouri had humble beginnings, with only two non-profit organizations given the go ahead to grow cannabis for medical use in 2015. These two organizations were the first to be licensed, but they were not nearly close to the last.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is in charge of issuing licenses to both patients and facilities that are approved for the use or sale of medical marijuana. Since recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in the state, the regulations surrounding the sale of medical marijuana are heavily monitored by state departments.

According to data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there are 192 licensed dispensaries in the state. As of writing, out of the 192, 130 are currently approved to operate. These dispensaries are designed to make it easier for Missouri residents with medical marijuana cards gain access to their medication in a seamless and stress-free way.

Dispensaries that are approved to operate have to do so in compliance with the regulations put forth by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, such as the certified seed-to-sale system, which tracks inventory and reports it to the state.

How much is medical marijuana tax in Missouri?

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, each state has its own tax laws regarding the legal sale of medical marijuana. After all, once something becomes legalized, it can be taxed for government revenue. In the state of Missouri, the retail sales tax on medical marijuana sits at 4%. Fees that are associated with cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing medical marijuana have also been a source of revenue for the state, and range anywhere from $6,000 to upwards of $25,000. 

News reports from various outlets including Fox News 4 have stated that Missouri has accumulated more than $70 million in generated revenue from medical marijuana since October of last year. The significant jump in revenue from May to June is impressive, with May bringing in roughly $15.5 million and June bringing in roughly $16.5 million. According to data released by the Department of Health and Social Services, the steady increase in dispensary sales began accelerating in February of this year and has not slowed since. 

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Is medical marijuana expensive in Missouri?

Since the extravagant revenue numbers have been released, many people from outside the state of Missouri of those without access to a medical marijuana card may be wondering if it is an expensive medication.

The first cost associated with the purchase of medical marijuana include doctor’s visit fees and a $25 card fee. The cost for medical marijuana itself is a little steeper. When the dispensaries first opened last October, purchasing an eighth of an ounce cost between $50 to $60 on average. Many people thought those numbers would decline as more dispensaries have opened up, but according to Budzu, they have held steady for the last nine months.

With the high prices for medical marijuana, the large number of dispensaries, and the overall sales tax, it’s no wonder that the industry is doing so well. When you couple that with the fact that many patients have been waiting patiently to finally be able to use medical marijuana to relieve their chronic health conditions, you can see how it’s created the perfect storm for exceptional revenue from the Missouri medical marijuana industry.

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