FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Information Breakdown

Updated on 3/25/2019, 3:54:11 PM

How do I get medical marijuana?

Step 1: You must visit a state-licensed physician (not a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant) to obtain a physician certification.

Step 2: Apply for an identification card from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Step 3: Once your application is approved and you receive your identification card, go purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary.

Can anyone other than a State-licensed physician provide a physician certification?

No. Luckily Dr. Thomas qualifies and has a wealth of knowledge regarding Cannabis Medicine. Additionally, she is a State-Licensed Psychiatrist and understands that CBD and Cannabis medicine have a very important role in management of psychiatric disease.

Will I leave your office with my medical marijuana card?

You will leave the office with a physician certification. This means that Dr. Thomas will have reviewed your medical information, confirmed or made the diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition as defined under Amendment 2 in the State of Missouri, and has determined that the medical use of marijuana may be beneficial to the qualifying patient.

The actual medical card will be issued by the State of Missouri and not directly by the physician. We are following the laws and deadlines of the DHSS, currently the early submitters can anticipate to have their card by the summer of 2019!

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana in Missouri?

  1. Cancer
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  5. 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.
  6. Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist.
  7. Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  8. 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.
  9. Any terminal illness; and/or
  10. 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.

How do I prove that I have pain?

While proving oneself is never easy, a history of old prescription medications, a pharmacy print-out list, a letter from your primary care physician, among others, are great to have at the ready. Everyone in the state is looking forward to reducing the opioid crisis and if people with pain could switch to a safer, non-habit forming substance, like marijuana, the state would be a better place.

Please review the intake process and if documentation is lacking, consider taking our Guide Right Assessments for chronic pain.

Do many people get relief from their chronic pain when they use Medical Marijuana?

Many people, with various types of pain, have had very successful clinical benefits with pain relief, greater function, and the ability to stop using other pain medications with the use of Cannabis medicine. Many scientific studies have shown and continue to see pain relief from the cannabis plant, due to its effect on pain signaling and inflammation. When THC, CBD, and the plant's other natural components work together, as a whole, it can be biochemically, a very powerful, natural herbal medicine.

How do I prove that I have PTSD?

PTSD is an anxiety disorder usually diagnosed after experiencing or witnessing an intense trauma in which escape is limited. Dr. Thomas is a board-certified psychiatrist and is very comfortable in making a diagnosis of PTSD. Should you require extra time or sensitivity regarding a trauma diagnosis, please inform our staff and we will do everything we can to accomodate your needs.

Please review the intake process and if documentation is lacking, consider taking our Guide Right Assessments for PTSD and other psychiatric conditions.

What else can I do to feel well?

Often, the underlying causes of pain or other illnesses are related to nutritional, environmental, physical, and stress related-factors. In addition to finding safe effective herbal medication, the most important steps you can take are to learn about how each of these can impact your health, your pain level and life and what you can do to start transforming the way you feel.

A functional approach looks at the person as a whole and understands one action can cause a different reaction elsewhere. We want all reactions to work in balance for the betterment of the body. Healthcity's connection with Radiance Float + Wellness can offer various wellness programs that you can incorporate into daily life.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Directly on our website. Click on one of the schedule now appointment tabs. You then can choose to book a new patient evaluation or an existing patient follow up visit. The available time slots will be self-evident. You will be prompted to upload documentation that can help the doctor confirm your diagnosis. Your insurance card maybe requested if you are planning on taking the Guide Right Assessments. You will also be prompted to pay for your appointment with a debit/credit card at the time of scheduling.

I have a medical card from another state. Do I still need to see the doctor to get an Missouri card?

Only Missouri residents will able to apply for a qualifying patient card in Missouri, but Amendment 2 “does allow for reciprocity for patients with cards from other states to be protected from arrest and prosecution if they come to Missouri with those cards.” Furthermore, a Missouri-qualifying patient card will only protect a cardholder in Missouri, unless other states have reciprocity written into their laws or constitutional amendments.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the doctor's appointment and physician certification is $195. Under most circumstances, one office visit per year is all that is required. Should you need more guidance on the use of medical cannabis with regards to your condition, follow-up wellness appointments can be arranged with Dr. Thomas at her practice at Radiance Float + Wellness.

The DHSS (Department of Health and Social Services) has an $25 application fee for a patient card and also a $25 charge for a caregiver card.

Will I be able to go to the pharmacy to fill my medical marijuana?

No, only a Missouri-licensed dispensary facility will be able to dispense medical marijuana.

When are dispensaries opening?

Dispensaries are anticipated to open no later than January 2020. Keep checking back to the DHSS site, and the Healthcity website to keep abreast of the latest!

How much does medical marijuana cost?

It's it too early to say and also depends on the strain, formulation (e.g. plant, concentrate, edible, ointment), amount, frequency of use, and dispensary variation in cost.  Quality and diversity will be ensured. 

There is no cannabis available now, why should I get certified now?

Typically, once dispensaries open the state wait times for processing become longer as well as appointment slots for doctor visits are met with significant delays.  At Healthcity, our doctors are passionate about spreading the word and access to this healing plant and we encourage patients to get certified early so that once dispensaries open, you will be one of the first to experience the healing powers.  Your MMJ card is valid for 1 year from date of issue, so you pay no additional cost for booking your appointment early.

Additionally, getting your certification early will help the state determine the demand for medical marijuana.  Requests for MMJ cards will be accepted 1 month before licenses for dispensaries will go out in August. It appears that the number of dispensary licenses awarded will be based on the number of applicants.  It is estimated that 2% of Missouri state will apply for a MMJ card, get yours when the appointments are available!

How do I get more information?

Email your inquiries to [email protected]