How to Get an Iowa Medical Marijuana Card

The Iowa Department of Public Health offers Medical Marijuana through the Office of Medical Cannabidiol. It permits a patient to possess low THC Cannabidiol. Applications can only be submitted by mail.

Who can qualify?

To be approved for the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol program you must be a permanent resident of Iowa and 18 years of age or older, or have a parent or guardian apply as a primary caregiver. You must also be diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer (with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia)
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms;
  • Seizures
  • AIDS or HIV
  • Crohn’s disease
  • ALS
  • Any terminal illness with a life expectancy under one year that causes severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Untreatable pain

How much does it cost?

$100 payable by check (made out to Iowa Department of Public Health) or cash. $25 if the patient qualifies for a reduced application fee.

How do I apply?

To apply for an Iowa Medical Marijuana card do the following:

  1. Print out a patient application form
  2. Visit with your physician and have them fill out the Health Care Practitioner Certification. The application must be received no later than 60 days from your physician’s signature.
  3. Gather the required documents, including valid photo identification and proof of residency
  4. Pay the application fee
  5. Submit your application by mail

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