How Sick Do I Have to Be to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?

Amendment 2 lists a number of specific diseases and medical conditions that constitute a qualifying medical condition for the purposes of medical marijuana usage. A physician may authorize the usage of medical marijuana to treat the condition itself, the symptoms resulting from the condition, or side-effects from the treatment of the condition. The specific conditions included in Amendment 2 include:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • Multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, or any other chronic medical conditions that cause severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating psychiatric disorders, if diagnosed by a state-licensed psychiatrist
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Chronic medical conditions that normally are treated with a prescription medication that could lead to dependence, and for which medical marijuana might be an effective and safer alternative
  • Any terminal illness
  • Hepatitis C, ALS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathy, sickle cell anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, wasting syndrome, and any other chronic, debilitating medical condition

Although the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) can place limits on the amount of medical marijuana a patient can access each month, that limit cannot be less than four ounces every 30 days. Plus, if a qualifying patient gets written certification from two independent physicians stating that there are a compelling reasons why the patient needs more than the limit established by DHSS, that patient may purchase more marijuana in a 30-day period than the limit.

With the recent passage of the Missouri medical marijuana law, many questions about the practical application of the law remain unanswered. However, we can help you navigate these uncharted waters and ensure that your rights are protected if you are accused of any criminal offense relating to medical marijuana usage. If you are facing any type of criminal charge, you will need legal advice to resolve it in an effective manner. Contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer should always be your first step in this type of situation. Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center provides strong legal representation on a regular basis for individuals who are charged with traffic and DWI crimes, as well as for expungement proceedings. It is our priority is to represent your interests and protect your rights.  Call us at (816) 322-8008 and schedule an appointment to meet with us about your case today.

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