Missouri Medical Marijuana Program FAQ's
How Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Missouri?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has identified qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment in Missouri. These include chronic and debilitating conditions that might be helped by medical cannabis.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Physician Evaluation and Certification for Medical Marijuana?
Prices vary across the state, and in-office visits can be as much as $500. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to see if medical marijuana could work for them.
*That's why we offer state-wide telehealth video evaluations for a low fee.
Do I Really Need a Medical Marijuana Card?
Yes, with the card, you will be able to legally purchase marijuana from Missouri dispensaries, possess marijuana anywhere in the state of Missouri, and consume marijuana on your private property.
How Do I Get a Patient Card in Missouri?
First, you need to get a qualified MD or DO to confirm that you have one of the qualifying conditions. The physician you see will provide you with a completed Physician Certification Form (PCF).
You will then submit the completed Physician Certification Form (PCF) with all required paperwork to DHSS and pay the fees needed for a patient, caregiver, or cultivator card. Once your DHSS application is approved, you will receive a digital card from DHSS via email within 30 days of your application date.
For specific instructions and resources on the application process for patient, cultivator, and caregiver cards visit:
Are There Any Additional Fees?
The State of Missouri charges a fee to apply for the patient, caregiver, or cultivator card.
The current fees outlined on the DHSS website can be found here:
Do I Have to Pay for a New Physician Certification Each Year?
Yes. Every Medical Marijuana card issued in MO will expire one year from the date it is issued. Renewals can be submitted not more than 60 and not less than 30 days before the expiration date. A new Physician Certification Form (PCF) is required every year to renew your medical marijuana patient card.
What Will Happen at My Appointment?
Our physician will review your medical history, ask you questions relevant to your qualifying conditions, and determine whether you are eligible for a medical marijuana card. If you are approved you will receive your completed Physician Certification Form (PCF) via email.
How Quickly Will I get my Physician Certification Form (PCF)?
You will receive an email within 24 hours of finishing your appointment with your completed Physician Certification Form (PCF) that qualifies you to apply for a medical marijuana card. You will submit that completed certification form to the DHSS portal with the required paperwork to get your digital medical marijuana card.
How to Apply:
DHSS Medical Marijuana Portal:
What do I Need to Bring to My Appointment?
You will need a valid government photo ID proving you are a resident of Missouri. If our doctor needs your medical records, we can help you with this during your appointment.
What if I Don't Qualify?
If the physician determines you are ineligible for a medical marijuana card, you will receive a notification by email following your appointment, and your entire appointment fee will be refunded to you.
Can I Start Growing or Purchasing Medical Marijuana After my Appointment?
If you qualify, we will email your completed Physician Certification Form (PCF) to you within 24 hours of your appointment. You will then need to send the completed Physician Certification Form (PCF) and other required paperwork to DHSS to get your Missouri patient card. Once DHSS emails your approval and you print your digital card, you will be able to purchase medical marijuana.
If you are interested in growing your medical marijuana, you will need to apply with DHSS for cultivation and pay the related fees.
What is a Caregiver?
A caregiver is someone you, as a patient, select to obtain a caregiver card and who is authorized to grow or to make dispensary purchases of medical marijuana for a qualifying patient. You are allowed to choose up to two (2) caregivers. All caregivers must register through DHSS.
Can I be the Caregiver for more than one patient?
Yes. As a caregiver in Missouri, you can have up to three (3) patients. You are required to apply for a separate registry card for each patient you work with. No individual shall serve as a caregiver for a qualifying patient who is already served by two (2) primary caregivers.
How do I apply to be a Caregiver?
There is an online portal for caregivers and patients to apply. Only applications submitted through this portal will be accepted.
- The caregiver must have a Patient Authorization Form completed by the approved patient they are applying to be the caregiver for.
- After the caregiver has a completed Patient Authorization Form, the caregiver needs to complete an online application through the registry portal.
How to Apply:
DHSS Medical Marijuana Portal:
The Patient Authorization Form can be found on the website as well:
Who should submit the documents in a caregiver application? The patient, or the caregiver?
Caregiver applicants will need to submit an application on behalf of themselves, including all required information, such as a digital photo, proof of Missouri residency and government issued photo ID.
Can I be a Caregiver if I'm also a Patient?
Yes. You can be a Caregiver and a registered qualifying patient. You must register for BOTH, the patient card, and the caregiver card with DHSS.
Can I be a Caregiver for my Child?
Yes. Qualifying patients under the age of eighteen (18) cannot purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. Only legal guardians or parents of a licensed minor patient may serve as their licensed caregiver. The legal guardian or parent that completed the Parental/Legal Consent Form in the minor patient’s application must serve as the qualified patient’s primary caregiver.
How do I select a caregiver?
Qualified patients should be familiar with the definition of a primary caregiver and understand when selecting a primary caregiver they are authorizing that person to purchase and possess medical marijuana on their behalf. Authorizing another person to provide assistance in managing a patient’s medical marijuana needs is a right of the patient, and it will always be up to the patient whether the caregiver will continue to be authorized for that purpose. A patient’s decision on who to choose for this responsibility might follow the same considerations one would use when trusting another person to manage other types of personal medical needs and overall well-being.