With medical marijuana dispensaries scheduled to open later this year or "no later than Jan 2020," St. Louis and all Missouri residents will soon have access to medical marijuana. In order to purchase medical cannabis at Missouri dispensaries, patients must be seen by a physician licensed in the state of Missouri. Follow the steps below to obtain your MMJ card and be ready once the dispensaries open!
- Government ID. Bring ID proving that you are a resident of Missouri. If you don’t have a state ID, then bring a utility bill proving residency. Minors (under 18) are eligible to be a qualifying patient in Missouri; however, minors will need a caregiver (>21 yr old) proving residency who will need to obtain a caregiver license for the minor qualifying patient.
- Patient Intake. When you schedule your appointment, you will first be asked to complete some background information. In order to have time to review documentation and conduct a proper evaluation, it is necessary to complete the intake information prior to the appointment.
- Medical records. To fully understand your medical condition and how medical cannabis can help you, we will need to understand your exact medical condition and why you are applying for a medical marijuana card. These documents may include: a letter from your physician, prescriptions, x-ray/MRI results, blood test results, worker’s compensation and/or disability paperwork. Please review the above approved conditions in the state of Missouri and have paperwork to support your condition.
- Healthcity Evaluation. Dr. Thomas will review your medical records and further evaluate your condition. She will outline a treatment plan, discuss the side effects of medical marijuana, risks, and benefits of cannabis treatment and in some circumstances arrange a follow-up visit. Once the evaluation is complete, your doctor will ask if you have any questions about the process or the benefits of medical marijuana. Ask as many questions as you’d like. At the end of the appointment, if all criteria are met, Dr. Thomas will provide a physician certification for medical marijuana.
- NO DOCUMENTATION? For various reasons, it is possible one's medical data is out-of-date or formal documentation of the same does not exist. At healthcity, we are offering Guide Right Assessments to help screen common psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, postpartum depression and chronic pain. If you have insurance, the Guide Right Assessments are covered and can help the doctor make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. Please be sure to upload the front and back of your insurance card when booking the appointment, and arrive 15-20 early to complete the assessments. If you are uninsured and without medical documentation, we ask that you include the add-on assessment fee to the cart at check-out for $25 and come 15 minutes early to complete the assessments, which will help the doctor determine the treatment plan and if you qualify for MMJ.
- $195 for Missouri Medical Cannabis Physician Certification
- $150 for Veterans (a $45 discount!)
- You will then need to present your Physician Certification to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to register with the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program and pay the appropriate fees ($25) then you will be able to get your Missouri medical marijuana card! An application form is being developed by the State and will be available online no later than June 4, 2019.
- DHSS asks to allow 30 days for approval of the medical marijuana card. Once approved, a card will be mailed to you which allows you to legally purchase 4 oz. of medical cannabis per month or cultivate up to six (6) flowering plants for personal use from ANY of the licensed dispensaries in the state of Missouri. The card is valid for 12 months from date of issue.
- We keep an eye on the law and report the changes back to you! We anticipate long lines and wait times, so encourage early applicants of the card. If any state forms or requirements change, we will update all physician certifications so they are valid, giving you the best chance of approval by the State.