The passage of Amendment 2 in November of 2018 legalized medical marijuana in Missouri. Since then, the state has been working to create a framework for businesses to grow and sell cannabis and patients to obtain it. In January 2020, the state began moving forward with the process of licensing dispensaries. Until dispensaries are open for retail customers, potential patients who are interested in using medical marijuana for chronic health conditions should begin the process of filing for a medical card.
What Are The Legal Limits
Patients and caregivers with a valid medical marijuana ID card issued by the Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) may purchase and possess up to 4 ounces of flower and up to 8 grams of concentrates at a time. This translates to roughly a 60-day supply.
Patients may also designate a caregiver, who applies for a registered medical marijuana ID card separately. A caregiver is an individual the patient designates to purchase, possess, and administer medical marijuana on his or her behalf. A patient can assign up to two caregivers, and a caregiver can have up to three patients.
Parents must provide consent for patients under age 18 to apply for a registration card.
In a caregiver/patient relationship, only one person may have a cultivator license.
How Do I Buy Medical Marijuana in Missouri
Patients and/or caregivers with a valid ID card can purchase medical marijuana from licensed Missouri dispensaries. As such, qualifying patients in other states will be unable to buy medical cannabis in Missouri, though possession is allowed with an out-of-state medical marijuana card or equivalent.
Patients can buy flower (the smokable part of the plant), edibles, concentrates, vaporizers, tinctures, and topicals at their local dispensaries.
What to Expect on Your First Trip to The Dispensary
Expect to Be Carded
You will be asked to show the budtender both a valid state-issued ID and your medical recommendation (medical card) upon entering the dispensary.
You May Be Asked to Wait
As is fairly common in the medical marijuana industry, you might be asked to take a seat in a waiting room. In many states, state regulation requires dispensaries to serve only one patient at a time.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t exactly sure what you’re looking for. One of the best ways to get used to visiting the dispensary is to ask your budtender any questions you may have.
Now is a great time to get recommendations on strains that might be best suited for your needs. Looking for something to settle your tummy? Ask. Looking for something to help you sleep? Ask. Our budtenders have been highly-trained in order to best serve you. Remember – there are no stupid questions, and we’ve heard it all!
Connect With Flora Farms!
Flora Farms is dedicated to supplying Missouri’s Medical Marijuana card holders with world-class, high-quality cannabis products to help manage their underlying medical issues and the symptoms that accompany them. Whether it’s chronic pain or PTSD, we’re here to help you live a healthier, happier life free from the pains associated with your conditions.
Our team is passionate about educating patients on the many benefits of medical marijuana and are happy to help answers any questions you might have. Just reach out to our southwest Missouri dispensaries today!