How do I become a legal medical marijuana patient?
If you are 18yrs and a Missouri resident with record of a qualifying condition: Obtain a physician's certification (like one from Purpose Medical), apply online with the state of MO for a medical marijuana ID card, repeat annually. You will need a valid state ID.
What happens after I book online through Purpose Medical?
Most of your time will be spent prior to booking your appointment, filling out your medical history online. This is because we don't want to waste your time if we think that for any reason you will not qualify. The more medical records you can gather and upload, the smoother the process. Your actual appointment won't take too long because your records will have already been reviewed. If for any reason we think you may not qualify, we will cancel your appointment and refund your payment. After you are assessed by our doctor, you will leave our office knowing whether or not you qualify and what exactly to do next.
How much does it cost to apply for a state ID card?
There are 3 types of ID cards that the state will approve: patients, primary caregivers (age 21+), and cultivators. It costs $25 for a patient or primary caregiver ID card. A patient or primary caregiver may opt to pay an additional $100 for a cultivation ID that would also allow them to grow their own medical marijuana.
Did you say I can grow my own? Say what?
That's right! A qualified patient or caregiver who has an ID card will be able to grow marijuana on their own. Of course, there are specifics regarding how it is done. But it's actually really cool and fairly easy to learn.
So where do I get my marijuana if I don't want to grow it?
All marijuana must be purchased through a Missouri Licensed Dispensary. Dispensaries are expected to be open after January 2020. There is expected to be an influx in patient applications so the state has allowed doctors to start evaluating as early as June 5th, 2019.
How much marijuana will I be allowed to have?
That will depend on what the doctor writes on your certification. But in general, a qualified patient or caregiver may purchase up to 4oz of dried unprocessed marijuana or its equivalent in each 30 day period. And a patient or caregiver may possess 60 days worth.
Do I qualify?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services lists the following as qualifying conditions. Please keep in mind that any psychiatric condition must be diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist:
Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment;
A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome;
Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist;
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 use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication;
Any terminal illness; or
In the professional judgment of a physician, 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.
What if I don't have medical records?
If your records exist but you just don't have them, please call us so we can obtain them for you.
What if the patient is under 18?
We will need written consent from the patient's legal parent or guardian prior to the appointment.
Hear it from the horse's mouth! Here is the link to the state of Missouri FAQ