What is Amendment 2 and who can obtain a Missouri Medical Card?
In November of 2018, Missouri passed Amendment 2, legalizing the medical use of cannabis. This allows qualified patients to grow up to six cannabis plants (if they desire), and purchase up to 4 ounces of cannabis per month.
Individuals who wish to purchase or grow medical cannabis must possess a qualifying condition as outlined by the law. The language specifies some qualifying conditions, but also allows cannabis to be recommended for any “chronic, debilitating or other medical condition” as determined by a physician as well as any terminal illness.
In order to grow or purchase medical cannabis, patients must be a resident in the state of Missouri, possess a qualifying condition, and register with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in order to obtain a Missouri Medical Card.
What health conditions are eligible for a Missouri Medical Card?
Individuals with any of the following medical conditions are considered qualified to receive a Missouri Medical card. If you’re uncertain about whether a particular condition applies to you, or would like to be considered for medical cannabis usage due to an unlisted condition, the best course of action is to consult with a physician.
Intractable Migraines (migraines which have been unresponsive to other treatments)
Any 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 disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Any 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
Any terminal illness
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 as determined by a physician.