The state of Missouri is now included in the list of US states where both recreational and medical cannabis and recreational cannabis are now legal. The state has a progressive set of cannabis laws that are quite user-friendly. But, does the stateâs medical marijuana program allow minor patients to get a medical marijuana card? Yes, it does. However, there are some additional requirements to keep in mind.
Eligibility requirements for a medical marijuana card in Missouri
Generally, a patient must be a resident of Missouri State and have a valid medical marijuana recommendation from a certified medical doctor. However, a minor patient must be accompanied by a designated caregiver to apply for a medical marijuana card in Missouri state. As per the state law, one of the parents or legal guardians can act as the legal guardian of the patient.
Qualifying medical conditions
As per the Missouri state law, a patient must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying medical conditions in order to become eligible for a medical marijuana card,
- Intractable migraines that are unresponsive to other treatments
- Severe or persistent pain/muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinsons disease, and Tourettes
- Psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD
- A chronic medical condition typically treated with prescription medication that may lead to physical or psychological dependence. In such cases, a physician determines that medical marijuana could be beneficial and safer than a prescription drug.
- Any terminal illness
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Agitation caused by Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
Additionally, based on a doctor’s professional judgment, any chronic, debilitating, or other medical condition, including hepatitis C, may also qualify.
What exactly is a caregiver?
A caregiver is an individual who has the legal right to aid patients who are not yet 18 or canât consume medical cannabis on their own. The main responsibility of a caregiver includes marijuana possession and purchase on behalf of qualifying patients. A minor patient can nominate one of their parents or legal guardians as their legal caregivers.
Medical Marijuana Laws for minors in Missouri
The medical marijuana laws are similar for both qualifying adult and minor patients within the state. Some of the key points of these laws include,
- Cannabis cultivation is legal within the state as long as you have a license.
- Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal.
- Medical marijuana patients can purchase up to six ounces of marijuana, every 30 days.
- Employment protection regulations are effective within the state to prevent unfair discrimination.
The state of Missouri has attained the status of a US state with quite future-oriented and progressive cannabis laws. From what we know, this will surely continue for many more decades to come, further breaking down the stigma associated with cannabis.