As of 2021, 36 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have approved and passed amendments legalizing medical marijuana. If you live in Missouri, then you’re in luck because they recently legalized medical marijuana as well!
Marijuana has been scientifically proven to help with various ailments ranging from simple anxiety, depression, and insomnia to more severe diseases such as Crohn’s disease, cancer, glaucoma, arthritis, and nervous system disorders.
The human body has cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, which the compounds found within cannabis can easily bind to. Cannabis can reduce inflammation and pain, relax the mind and stimulate serotonin production, regulating a wide variety of mental disorders.
Amendment 2: Legalized Medical Marijuana In Missouri
In 2018, the state of Missouri passed Amendment 2. Along with increasing the scope of Medicaid and offering extended benefits to veterans, the amendment also legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
With a doctor’s prescription and your medical ID card, you can go into any one of Missouri’s 192 medical dispensaries and select medical marijuana to smoke, vape, or consume in edible form. You can even grow your plant at home with a cultivar’s license!
How to Get Your Missouri Medical Marijuana License: Step-By-Step?
As of 2021, Missouri is still a medical-only state. This means that you can’t walk into a dispensary unless you have a state-issued medical marijuana identification card. Here’s how to get your Missouri medical marijuana license.
Step 1: Identify Your Qualifying Condition
Compared to other states, Missouri is a bit stricter regarding its qualifying conditions. You need to have a fairly severe problem. This contrasts with many states that will issue an ID just for having sleeping problems or minor depression. Below is the current list of conditions that will qualify you for a medical card in Missouri:
- Severe migraines
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Chronic pain and muscle spasms
- Severe psychiatric disorders
- Immunodeficiencies such as HIV or AIDS
- Terminal (deathly) illness
Step 2: Obtain A Doctor’s Certification
Once you’ve figured out your qualifying condition, you’ll need to get a doctor’s certification. Your primary care doctor will be able to give you an official diagnosis, and they will also be responsible for “prescribing” medical marijuana to treat your problem.
As long as you qualify, your doctor should approve you unless they have cause to believe that marijuana could negatively impact your situation. Even then, you can always try going to another doctor’s approval to get your card.
Step 3: Apply for Your ID Card
Once you’ve got your prescription, you can then apply for your medical marijuana license through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). They will run a background check, request copies of your doctor’s prescription, and then they’ll issue a license and photo ID that you can use in medical marijuana dispensaries.
Your Monthly Medical Marijuana Allowance
The standard monthly allowance for medical marijuana in the state of Missouri is four ounces per month. If you need more, then you’ll have to ask your doctor to write a separate prescription approving you for a more considerable amount.