It was this past November that Missouri saw its voters approve medical marijuana.
Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services posted its first draft of rules for the medical marijuana system in February that lists requirements and responsibilities related to ID cards for the program.
These rules are drafts currently and not finalized. The rules are required to be completed by early June says state officials.
The following health conditions allow patients to qualify for a medical marijuana card:
- 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 disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
- 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.
- Any 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, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia and wasting syndrome
Two physicians would need to sign off on the patient’s card application for prescriptions of amounts of marijuana greater than the standard monthly limit.
Patients would have to get a new physician certification every year to renew their cards.
Any renewal application would need to be submitted at least 30 days before the expiration of the old card.
“DHSS would like to remind the public that any physician certifications they receive for medical marijuana must be no more than 30 days old at the time an individual applies for a patient identification card, and DHSS will not begin accepting patient identification cards applications until July 4, 2019.”