Special Notices Facilities:

  • NEW! The Medical Marijuana Program is anticipating a high volume of facility application submissions near the end of the application window, and applications will not be accepted after 11:59 pm on Saturday, August 17. Furthermore, program staff will not be available on Saturday, August 17, to answer questions. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before COB on Friday, August 16.

     

    Special Notices Facilities:
    • Per state statute, “No person shall carry on, conduct or transact a business under a name which contains as part of the name the words “pharmacist”, “pharmacy”, “apothecary”, “apothecary shop”, “chemist shop”, “drug store”, “druggist”, “drugs”, “consultant pharmacist”, or any word of similar or like import, unless the place of business is supervised by a licensed pharmacist.” Additional information can be found at Chapter 338.260.

     

    Special Notices Patients/Caregivers/Physicians:
    • To enter a patient application, navigate to the How to Apply page located under Patient Information.
    • DHSS would like to remind the public that any physician certifications they receive for medical marijuana must be no more than thirty days old at the time an individual applies for a patient identification card, and DHSS will not begin accepting patient identification card applications until June 28, 2019.
    • At this time, the department is only accepting the Physician Certification as an uploaded document to the patient’s application, which can be submitted as early as June 28, 2019. Patients should download the Physician Certification form and take it with them to their medical examinations for their physicians to fill out.
 

Important Dates

December 6th2018

Effective Date

January 5th2019

Receiving Application Fee Open-  Missouri Veterans' Health and Care Fund  Under State Treasurer

June 4th2019

All Application Forms and Instructions Posted Based on Finalized Rules

July 4th2019

Begin Accepting Patient/Caregiver ID Applications

August 3rd2019

Begin Accepting Facility License Applications

December 31st2019

Deadline for Approval of Aug. 3rd Applications

Contact Information

Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation
PO Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102
The Department of Health and Senior Services is tasked with implementing the provisions of Article XIV. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Issuing registrations to qualified patients and their primary caregivers.
  • Licensing and certification of medical marijuana cultivation facilities.
  • Licensing and certification of medical marijuana dispensary facilities.
  • Licensing and certification of medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facilities.
  • Licensing and certification of medical marijuana testing facilities.

Facility Information

  • For those attempting to conduct background checks, we do not yet have the 4-digit PIN from law enforcement that will be required. This will be posted here when it is available.
  • DHSS will begin accepting applications for cultivation, manufacturing, dispensary, testing, transportation, seed-to-sale licenses and certifications on August 3, 2019. For cultivation, manufacturing, dispensary and testing facilities, DHSS will accept such applications from August 3, 2019, until close of business on August 17, 2019.
  • Per state statute, “No person shall carry on, conduct or transact a business under a name which contains as part of the name the words “pharmacist”, “pharmacy”, “apothecary”, “apothecary shop”, “chemist shop”, “drug store”, “druggist”, “drugs”, “consultant pharmacist”, or any word of similar or like import, unless the place of business is supervised by a licensed pharmacist.”  Additional information can be found at Chapter 338.260.
  • Facility License Application Questions – (updated 05/10/19)
  • Evaluation Criteria Scoring Table – (updated 05/10/19)

The Department of Health and Senior Services has begun the process of drafting rules to effectuate the provisions of Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution. It is the department’s intention to release here initial drafts of rules as they are available in order to gather public input before the rules are finalized.

DHSS has identified the below categories as likely divisions for the Medical Marijuana Program rules:

DHSS has established ten advisory committees – one for each of the application scoring criteria established by the Missouri Constitution – to review application scoring questions to be drafted by the Department.

The review process is as follows:

  • Public feedback regarding the drafted questions can be provided through the online suggestion form until a few days prior to each committee meeting. The deadlines for submitting public comment and schedule of committee meetings are below.
  • DHSS will make revisions based on public comments and provide public comments and revised questions to advisory committee members.
  • Each advisory committee will then meet and discuss the draft questions, suggest modifications and make a recommendation to DHSS. Further, based on the committee’s recommended questions, the committee will recommend weights for each question within the committee’s purview. Public comment will not be allowed during committee meetings.
  • DHSS will review the recommendations and finalize the questions and weights, which will be incorporated into the final rules that are due on June 4, per Article XIV of the Constitution.

Topic and individual question weights will be released following the conclusion of the advisory committee process.

Facility License Application Questions – (updated 05/10/19)

Evaluation Criteria Scoring Table – (updated 05/10/19)

The meeting schedule and committee members are below.

CommitteePublic Comments Due By:Meeting Date and LocationState of Missouri Executive Branch MemberPublic Members
Advisory Committee on Background of Principal Officers or ManagersApril 19 at 8 a.m.Wednesday, April 24
James C. Kirkpatrick Office Building, Interpretive Center,
room 139
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kim Grinston, Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional RegistrationClay Goddard
Rev. Tommie Pierson, Sr.
Advisory Committee on Business PlanApril 25 at 8 a.m.Wednesday, May 1
Governor Hotel Building, room 450 (Ballroom)
All day — 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & afternoon (if needed)
Michael Lanahan, Department of Economic DevelopmentRick Nichols
Kelly Dyer
Leslie Tanner
Advisory Committee on Site SecurityApril 25 at 8 a.m.Tuesday, April 30
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 493/494
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lt. Mike Halford, Department of Public SafetyJim Arnott
Tim Reagan
Advisory Committee on Experience in a Legal Cannabis MarketApril 25 at 8 a.m.Tuesday, April 30
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 493/494
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bart Hawcroft, Department of AgricultureMiren Klein & Tricia Blocher, California Department of Public Health / Tom Salow, Arizona Department of Health Services
Advisory Committee on Testing FacilitiesApril 25 at 8 a.m.Monday, April 29
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 493/494
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brian Lutmer & Alan Schaffer, Missouri State Public Health LabGary Clapp
Joe Troxell
Advisory Committee on Economic Impact in Site CommunityApril 18 at 8 a.m.Monday, April 22
James C. Kirkpatrick Office Building, Interpretive Center, room 139
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alan Spell, Department of Economic DevelopmentRay McCarty
Kelly Dyer
Advisory Committee on Cultivation Facility ExperienceApril 15 at 8 a.m.Wednesday, April 17
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 492
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Paul Bailey, Department of AgricultureLyle Rowland
Hwei Ying Johnson
Advisory Committee on Dispensary Facility ExperienceApril 15 at 8 a.m.Wednesday, April 17
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 492
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ken Palermo, Department of Health and Senior ServicesAndy Fechtel
Dr. Jim Neely
Advisory Committee on Infused Product Manufacturing Facility ExperienceApril 25 at 8 a.m.Monday, April 29
Truman Building, fourth floor, room 493/494
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eric Hueste, Department of Health and Senior ServicesDr. Chris Riley
Ray McCarty
Advisory Committee on Maintaining CompetitivenessApril 18 at 8 a.m.Monday, April 22
James C. Kirkpatrick Office Building, Interpretive Center, room 139
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maggie Kost, Department of Economic DevelopmentJoe Horner
Kelly Dyer

Can I legally possess medical marijuana now?

No. While the Department understands that Missourians are anticipating this form of therapy, Amendment 2 requires a series of steps be executed before medical marijuana is made available.

 

When will medical marijuana be available?

The Department will begin accepting applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing facilities on Aug. 3, 2019 and we anticipate medical marijuana may be available for purchase as early as January 2020.

 

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 (starting July 4, 2019).
Step 3: Once your application is approved and you receive your identification card, purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary.

 

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

No, only a Missouri licensed dispensary facility.

Will the medical marijuana regulations cover CBD oil and hemp?

No, the medical marijuana program regulations will not cover CBD oil or hemp extract. Visit the Missouri Hemp Extract Registration Program for more information.

Can someone with an out-of-state medical marijuana card or a physician certification possess medical marijuana in Missouri on December 6?

No. The reason is that while the possession is technically allowed, there will be no marijuana available for legal possession.  There will not yet be any licensed dispensary facilities to purchase marijuana from; cultivation identification cards will not yet have been issued; and transportation of marijuana into Missouri from another state or purchase of marijuana from street dealers is prohibited under state and federal law.

 

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

No.

 

What conditions qualify?

  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; 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.
 

If I have a qualifying condition, how do I apply?

After you have a physician certification, you can apply with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.   An application form is being developed and will be available online no later than June 4, 2019.

 

When can I apply for my identification card?

Application forms and application instructions will be available to qualified patients and their primary caregivers no later than June 4, 2019.  The department will begin to accept applications on July 4, 2019.  The Department anticipates an online application process.

 

When will I receive my identification card?

Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved.

 

What is a primary caregiver?

Someone who is:

  1. Twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
  2. Responsible for managing the well-being of a Qualified Patient; and
  3. Designated on the primary caregiver’s application for an identification card or in other written notification to the Department.
 

How much does an identification card cost?

$25, initially.  Approved payment methods are to-be-determined.

 

Will I be allowed to grow my own marijuana plants for medical use?

Yes, with the appropriate identification card and in an appropriately secured facility.

 

When can I submit my application FEE for a cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, seed-to-sale, or dispensing facility license?

Beginning on January 5, 2019.
Note: The method for application is currently being developed. The fee submission is nonrefundable. Submission of a fee is not a guarantee of a license.

 

When can I submit my application FORM for a cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, seed-to-sale, or dispensing facility license?

Beginning on August 3, 2019.

 

When will I receive my cultivation, manufacturing, or dispensing license?

Within 150 days after the application is received, if your application is approved.

 

Are there fees associated with applying to become a cultivation, medical marijuana-infused manufacturing, or dispensing facility?

Cultivation Facilities require a $10,000 non-refundable application fee and a $25,000 annual fee.
Dispensary Facilities require a $6,000 non-refundable application fee and a $10,000 annual fee.
Medical marijuana-infused manufacturing facilities require a $6,000 non-refundable application fee and a $10,000 annual fee.

 

How do I get more information?

Email your inquiries to MedicalMarijuanaInfo@health.mo.gov.

 

What is the Department doing to facilitate implementation of Amendment 2?

We are reaching out to stake holders for input and reviewing other states’ regulations to determine best practices. Check back to this website for updates and developments.

 

Can I visit a doctor now to obtain certification for my qualifying condition?

Any physician certification you receive for medical marijuana must be no more than thirty days old at the time you apply for a patient identification card, and DHSS will not begin accepting patient identification cards until July 4, 2019.

This information provided by: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

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