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How to Get a Medical Card in Iowa.

  1. 1

    Register Online with Leafwell

    Create an account online, and then you can speak to a doctor and qualify for an Iowa medical marijuana card. Your medical marijuana recommendation costs $149 and you’re only billed if approved.

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD) with your Doctor

    The doctor will review your medical records and ask you questions based on your medical history. They will provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical cannabis and CBD are good choices for you.

  3. 3

    Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    This certificate says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws, and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ card.

  4. 4

    Apply for a Card with the State of Iowa

    After your appointment, you’ll receive the following steps to guide you through the state process. Once approved, the state will mail your card, valid for one year.

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Benefits of Getting an Iowa Medical Card

Having a medical marijuana identity card and medicinal cannabis certification is the only way to purchase and consume cannabis in Iowa legally.

About Medical Marijuana in Iowa

Iowa has a low THC program. Patients in this program can only access a maximum of 4.5 gm of THC every 90 days. It’s better than nothing but it is not a comprehensive medical marijuana program at this time.

Despite failed decriminalization attempts during the 1970s, a therapeutic research center was established in 1979 to look at the potential benefits of medical cannabis.

Senate Bill 2360 (SB 2360) was passed in 2014 to legalize CBD oil use for children with intractable epilepsy. The program expanded in 2017 to allow for CBD oil in the treatment of cancer, chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease. The initial law allowed for a maximum THC percentage of 3% in a product. This has since changed to a maximum of 4.5 g THC possession limit every 90 days. If the patient needs more THC to treat their condition, or if the patient is terminal, they can get an exemption on the limits on the amount of THC they can legally carry.


How to Qualify

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa, you must be a legal state resident 18 or older.

  1. Caregivers must also be 18.


    Primary caregivers can apply if:

    The person is a resident of Iowa or a neighboring state and has been designated by the patient as a caretaker.

    You submit a separate application and are listed on the healthcare practitioner form as the designated caregiver.


Medical Conditions

In Iowa, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation:

Possession and Growing

Patients can buy products containing up to 4.5 grams of total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in 90 days.

Approved medical administration methods include nebulizable (used in a nebulizer, which converts liquid medication into a breathable mist), suppositories, topicals, and vapes.

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Iowa.


Caregivers

Medical Marijuana Patients in Iowa Can Have a Caregiver

You qualify as a primary caregiver under Iowa marijuana law if:

  1. 01

    You have been designated for that purpose by a legal medical marijuana user.

  2. 02

    You are a resident of Iowa or a neighboring state.

  3. 03

    You are listed on the application and recognized by the medical provider on the healthcare practitioner form.

Reciprocity

Iowa does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana programs and cards and does not have reciprocity.

Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, and Washington D.C. recognize a valid medical card from Iowa.

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Frequently asked questions in Iowa

    How much does an Iowa Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

    Medical marijuana certificate letter on its own = $149 at Leafwell

    State application fee = $100 ($25 reduced fee)

    Renewal fee = $149

    Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

    What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa?

    In Iowa, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

    • AIDS/HIV
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
    • Cancer – if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting.
    • Chronic pain
    • Corticobasal Degeneration
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with severe and persistent muscle spasms
    • Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Seizures
    • Severe, intractable autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year – if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting
    What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Iowa online?

    There are four simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Iowa to obtain your medical marijuana card:

    1. Register online with Leafwell
      Create an account online, then you can speak to a doctor and qualify for an Iowa medical marijuana card. You are only billed if approved.
    2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card
      The doctor will review your medical records and ask you questions based on your medical history. They will provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.
    3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell
      This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card.
    4. Complete the Medical Marijuana Application
      After your appointment, you’ll receive the next steps to help guide you through the state process. Once approved, the state will mail you your card. (Please note: Leafwell will not be sending you the card – this is the state of Iowa’s responsibility). The card is valid for 1 year.
    How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa?

    You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa for yourself. Caregivers must also be 18 years of age.

    Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Iowa?

    Yes, medical marijuana patients in Iowa can have a caregiver. To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

    1. Be listed on the healthcare practitioner form as the designated primary caregiver
    2. Complete the registration application online
    3. Submit application and pay $25
    4. The OMC will review and email you once you’re approved
    • The email will include a temporary card and a permanent card will be mailed out afterwards
    How do I apply for the state program in Iowa?

    After you’ve been approved by a Leafwell physician, you will receive your Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form via email and you can then apply to the state. This process is the same for new and renewal patients.

    You will also need:

    • Photo ID (Iowa Driver’s License or Non-operator State ID)
    • Payment method (debit, credit or e-check)
      • Proof of eligibility for reduced fee if applicable

    Here’s what to do next to apply online as an adult patient (the state recommends you use Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge).

    1. Click here and click on Online Patient Registration (the big blue button)
    2. Fill out the online Adult Patient Application
    3. Upload the following:
      1. The valid photo ID (driver’s license or non-operator’s card – must be IO cards)
      2. Your Healthcare Practitioner Certificate (emailed to you from Leafwell)
      3. Optional – waiver form
      4. Optional – Reduced fee verification – if you do this, tick the ‘I qualify for the reduced fee’ box
    4. Once submitted, read the terms and conditions, check the box and enter your email
    5. Pay the fee and enter your contact information
    6. Receive an email saying you’ve been approved
      1. They will also email you if there is missing information
      2. A temporary card will be emailed to you
    7. A hard copy of your card will be mailed to you a few weeks later.

    Minors don’t need to apply themselves. Instead, caregivers can apply using the ‘Online Caregiver Registration’ button found here.