Medical marijuana became legal in Missouri following the passing of Ballot Amendment 2 in November 2018. The law allows Missouri residents with legal medical marijuana permits to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana flower or its equivalent in a 30-day period, and for non-medical patients, the state has decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana.
But what if you want to grow your own cannabis flower? Under the state of Missouri’s medical marijuana guidelines on home cultivation, approved patients who have received a cannabis cultivation card can grow up to six flowering marijuana plants for their personal use.
The patient does so by first applying for a patient cultivation identification card online, and submitting the additional $100 fee for cultivation. The applicant must also describe the grow location and the security measures they have put in place to safeguard it and stipulate that the cannabis flower being cultivated is not visible or accessible to anyone other than the patient or their caregiver.
Cultivation licenses cannot be obtained by medical marijuana patients who are under the age of 18. Having a previous conviction for marijuana possession does not disqualify an applicant from receiving a cultivation license.
The cultivation must be carried out under the following restrictions:
- All cultivation must take place in an enclosed, locked facility, which can be used by up to two qualified patients.
- Each patient can grow up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 6 non-flowering plants, and six clonese at any given time in a single locked and enclosed facility.
- If two patients are using the grow facility, there can be no more than 12 flowering marijuana plants, 12 nonflowering plants, and twelve clones. In the event that one of the two patients is also a caregiver growing for another patient, then the facility can have up to 18 flowering plants, 18 non-flowering plants, and 18 clones.
- All plants must be labeled with the qualifying patient’s name.
- The patient must display their patient cultivation identification card clearly within the cultivation area.
- Patients are not allowed to grow plants for anyone else.
Qualifying health conditions for medical marijuana in Missouri:
- Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
- 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
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress order, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
- Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medications 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
- A terminal illness
- 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, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.
Applying for a medical marijuana card in Missouri is easy and straightforward. Patients must first have a physician fill out the Physician Certification Form — unless they want to receive more than 4 ounces per month, in which case they will need to have a physician fill out the Alternative Physician Certification Form.
After having the form completed, the applicant must then register online and fill out the requisite application. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services takes up to 30 days to process applications, in the order they were received.
Now that you know the ins and outs of growing your own cannabis in the Show Me State, take a look at how easy it is to get a medical marijuana card in Missouri. Visit The Cannigma Medical to get your card today.