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Adult Use

  • When will adult-use marijuana be available to consumers?
    • On December 8th, 2022, the department will begin accepting requests from existing medical facility licensees to convert to a comprehensive facility that can sell marijuana to consumers. Because the department has 60 days to approve those requests, dispensaries should be approved to sell marijuana to consumers by February 6, 2023. Once approved, it is up to each comprehensive dispensary to decide when it will begin selling marijuana for adult use.  More information will be made available on the department’s website.  Please check back periodically for announcements - http://cannabis.mo.gov
  • When will the department be accepting new medical or comprehensive facility license applications?
    • Because existing medical licenses can convert to comprehensive licenses, which can sell marijuana to both patients and consumers, no new facility license applications will be accepted at this time.  If a new facility application period is opened, the department will announce it on its website: - http://cannabis.mo.gov

  • Consumer Personal Cultivation
    • The department will begin accepting applications for consumer personal cultivation as soon as February 6, 2023. Once approved, this will allow authorized persons, who are at least twenty-one years of age, to cultivate plants for personal, non-commercial use within an enclosed locked facility at their residence. More information will be made available on the department’s website. Check back periodically for announcements - https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/
  • Who is considered a consumer?
    • A consumer is someone who is at least twenty-one years of age.
  • When can I apply to convert my medical license to a comprehensive license?
    • Applications for conversion will be accepted beginning December 8, 2022. More information about the application process will be made available on the department’s website. Check back periodically for announcements - https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/.
  • Can I apply before December 8, 2022 to convert my license?
    • No. Early requests to convert a medical license to a comprehensive license will not be accepted.
  • Do medical marijuana testing or transportation licensees need to apply to convert to a comprehensive license?
    • No. Certified medical marijuana testing and medical marijuana transportation licensees will automatically convert to marijuana testing and marijuana transportation licensees on December 8, 2022. At that point in time, testing and transportation licensees will have the ability to provide support for all marijuana license types.
  • When will the department be accepting microbusiness facility license applications?
    • The department will begin accepting microbusiness facility license applications by September 8, 2023.  Application forms will be made available no later than June 6, 2023.
  • I am not a qualifying patient.  Can I grow my own marijuana?
    • Consumers with an approved consumer personal cultivation identification card will be authorized to cultivate plants for personal, non-commercial use within an enclosed locked facility at their residence.
  • When can I apply for my consumer personal cultivation identification card?
    • The department will begin accepting applications for consumer personal cultivation as soon as February 6, 2023.  More information will be made available on the department’s website. Please check back periodically for announcements - http://cannabis.mo.gov

Medical Program Changes

  • Who can certify a qualifying patient for medical marijuana in Missouri?
    • Qualifying patients may be certified by an MD, DO or nurse practitioner that is licensed and in good standing with the state of Missouri.
  • Do I need proof of Missouri residency to apply for a Missouri medical marijuana patient ID?
    • No, the new law no longer requires proof of Missouri residency within the patient application process.
  • How many approved caregiver ID cards can one individual hold?
    • The new law allows for an individual to be a licensed caregiver for up to six (6) separate patients.  Each patient-caregiver relationship requires a separate caregiver ID card.

ID Card Expiration Date Changes

  • How long are medical marijuana ID cards valid?
    • Any medical marijuana ID cards approved or renewed prior to December 8, 2022, are valid for one year from the date of issuance.  Medical marijuana ID cards or renewals approved on or after December 8, 2022, will be valid for 3 years from the approval date.
  • Will existing license expiration dates be extended?
    • No.  Current ID card holders will retain their existing expiration dates.  At the time of the next renewal, those ID card holders will be eligible for the 3-year expiration.

Unchanged Rules

  • Are patients still required to obtain a new physician certification form with their renewal application?
    • Yes, Patients will be required to obtain a new physician or nurse practitioner certification form to submit with their patient renewal application. Certification forms must be submitted by an MD, DO, or nurse practitioner who is licensed and in good standing with the state of Missouri.
  • Will patient application fees increase with the amendment changes?
    • Regular patient and caregiver application fees are charged consistently with the previous law, but the approved ID card will be valid for 3 years instead of the previous 1 year. The price of a regular patient and caregiver card is adjusted with changes to the Consumer Price Index.
    • Patient and caregiver cultivation fees will be reduced from $100 (currently $110.99 after CPI adjustments) to $50 per application, to be adjusted with changes in the Consumer Price Index.
    • A fee schedule is available on our website - https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/fee-schedule-pi.php
  • Do patient certification forms still need to be submitted to the department within 30 days as part of a completed patient application?
    • Yes. Once the certifying medical professional has submitted a certification form, the qualifying patient must then register and complete a patient application through the registry portal. This patient application must be submitted to the department within 30 days of the medical professional's signature date on the form.
  • Will the department be mailing physical ID cards?
    • No. The department will not be mailing physical cards. It is the ID card holder’s responsibility to download and print their approved ID from the registry portal.
  • How long does it take for a submitted patient or caregiver application to be processed?
    • The department has 30 days to process patient and caregiver applications. Applications are processed in the order they were received.
  • Are tax rates for medical marijuana changing?
    • The tax rate for medical marijuana purchases will remain at 4%.
    • The state tax rate for adult-use marijuana purchases will be 6%.Local governments may impose an additional sales tax of up to three percent.
  • Can an individual have a patient cultivation ID card without first having a patient ID card?
    • No. The patient ID application must be approved before a patient cultivation ID application may be submitted.