Yes, medical marijuana patients in Missouri can have a caregiver. Missouri’s medical marijuana program allows patients to have a registered caregiver. A caregiver will be allowed to purchase medical marijuana products for patients that they have been linked to in the case of patients being unable to travel to purchase products themselves.
A caregiver is also required for any patient under 18; in this event, a parent or legal guardian must obtain a caregiver ID to purchase medical marijuana for a minor.
Missouri has clarified patients can have two caregivers that can assist them to purchase medical marijuana. Caregivers can have up to three patients.
The following criteria are required for an individual to register as a caregiver in Missouri:
- Must be at least 21;
- Responsible for managing the well-being of a qualified patient; and
- Designated on the primary caregiver’s application for an identification card or written notification to the Department.
The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has stated that the application process is online, and the application fee to the state for a caregiver ID has been marked at $25. Payment methods will be made with a debit or credit card.
Application forms and instructions are available now for qualified patients and their caregivers. The entire application process will be online. To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:
- Patients must fill out the form, listing their caregiver on the form. The forms are available here: Missouri Caregiver medical marijuana card instructions can be found here.
- The caregiver will need to fill out their own application form and a Parent/Legal Guardian Consent Form for patients under 18.
- The patient will need to have a physician’s medical cannabis certificate.
- Once approved, the patient and caregiver receive a medical marijuana identification card.