Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in Missouri

Are you ready to become a medical marijuana patient in Missouri? If so, great! Below we have outlined the steps to take to get approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). If not, no worries - maybe one day! We still encourage you to read the requirements for if that day comes.

Do You Have a Qualifying Medical Condition?

Before going too far down the road, in order to become a medical marijuana patient in Missouri, you must have one of the following qualifying medical conditions:
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • 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 order, 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 medications 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
  • A terminal illness
  • 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.
It’s Time to Find a Physician.

If you believe you have a qualifying medical condition, you will need to find a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy who is currently licensed and in good standing in the state of Missouri to provide a Physician Certification. As an FYI, many doctors in Missouri will not issue a Physician Certification. You can always ask your physician, but do not be surprised if they do not feel comfortable doing so. 
If you need help finding a physician or clinic, we have some additional information for a few we know listed below!

Download Physician Certification form off of the DHSS website (link below) and take it with you to your appointment for the physician to fill out and sign. It is very important to note that once you've received your certification, make sure you apply within 30 days or it will expire and you will need to visit the physician again.

Let’s Gather the Other Necessary Information.

Of course, there’s more you information that the DHSS requires to become a patient, but it is not that bad! Once you have received your Physician Certification, you can then send in your application. Please ensure you have everything the DHSS requires and that it is available to scan into the application (unfortunately you cannot mail in an application at this time).

What do you need? We’ve got that covered:
  • Identifying Information:
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Social Security Number
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Residence Address
    • Mailing Address (or place where qualifying patient can receive mail)
  • Proof of Missouri Residency:
    • Copy of Missouri driver's license
    • Missouri Identification card
    • Current Missouri Motor Vehicle Registration
    • Recent Missouri Utility Bill
  • Physician Certification Form:
    • Signed and completed Physician Certification (this will need to be scanned or have a legible photo taken of it to be uploaded)
  • Other Required Items:
    • State or federal government-issued ID (a legible copy)
    • A clear, color photo of your face taken within the last 3 months
    • Parental / Legal Guardian Consent Form (if applying for a non-emancipated qualifying patient)
  • Optional Items:
    • A statement indicating whether the qualifying patient is currently receiving assistance from any Missouri programs for low-income individuals, and if so, which programs. This will ensure your ability to participate in lower cost programs and receive income based discounts at most dispensary facilities
    • For those wanting to cultivate at home, you will also need to include an attestation and an additional fee
If you are seeking to become a primary caregiver or a primary caregiver who also cultivates, then some of the application requirements are a bit different. Please refer to the DHSS website for more information.

Don’t forget about the fees! As of 7/1/2020, the current annual fees are as follows:
License Type Application Renewal
Qualified Patient $25.58 $25.58
Patient Cultivation (additional fee) $102.30 $102.30
Primary Caregiver for a Qualified Patient $25.58 $25.58
Please note that if the qualifying patient is a minor, then the parent or legal guardian will need to provide their name, SSN, Parent/Legal Guardian Consent Form (as noted above) and will act as the Primary Caregiver for the patient.

Got all of this ready to go? Wonderful, go online and submit your application!

Now You Play the Waiting Game

Once you have submitted your application and paid your fees, the DHSS has 30 days to approve or deny your application (they may also “reject” your application, which usually means they want you to provide some additional information). If approved, patient identification cards are valid for one year. You must renew your card between 30 and 59 days before it expires by providing an updated physician certification and updated application.

Ready to Begin, Have Questions, or Want Additional Information?

Check out the patient section on the DHSS website: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/how-to-apply-pi.php

If you are ready to take the next steps and are looking for a certification provider, please consider:

Health and Life Missouri

https://www.healthandlifemo.com/
Use the code "FEELSTATE" to receive 25% off your certification.
Feel free to also email info@myfeelstate.com if really want to hear more from us!