How to get a medical marijuana card in Iowa during COVID
Iowa Code 124E made medical marijuana accessible to Iowan patients dealing with certain debilitating conditions. This law legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Rather than calling the medicine as medical marijuana, this is referred to as medical cannabidiol in Iowa.
Further regulating its use, the state’s Department of Public Health has set certain restrictions on the form and composition of cannabidiol that can be dispensed to patients. Patients are only allowed to purchase medical cannabidiol that can be administered orally (pills, capsules), as topicals (creams, lotions), suppository, are nebulizable, or are vaporizable (vaporizers). Also, Iowa only allows patients to purchase Low-THC Medical Marijuana, a form of medical cannabis that only contains 3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
However, for a few weeks now, patients who need access to cannabidiol for their medical conditions have been facing a challenge because of the outbreak of COVID-19. Those applying for a card and those needing to purchase products will have to resort to other methods of processing their application and purchase requirements, other than mailing their application, because of certain limitations brought about by quarantine protocols.
Fortunately, these processes can now be done online. With the availability of electronic certification and telemedicine, patients can now apply for a card online using their phones or their computers. In fact, through our premier telehealth services, we can help patients connect with qualified certifying physicians and assist them in looking for a medical cannabis facility near them.
Applying for a medical cannabidiol card only takes five easy steps:
Step 1. Download The Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form
To start the process of getting your medical cannabidiol card in Iowa, download and print the healthcare practitioner certification form from the state’s official website https://idph.iowa.gov/omc/Patient-Registration.
This form is to be accomplished and signed by a state-licensed physician in Iowa.
Bring this form during your doctor’s visit and let the recommending physician complete and sign this certification.
If you book an appointment with us, you can skip this process and let one of our highly-trained medical professionals assist you and help you with your certification.
Step 2. Complete Your Certification
Apart from being over 21 years old and being a legal resident of Iowa, another prerequisite to applying for a medical cannabidiol card is being diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
- Cancer (if the illness or its treatment causes severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting)
- Crohn’s disease
- Untreatable pain (this refers to any pain with a cause that cannot be removed and the full range of full range of pain management modalities appropriate for the patient has been used without adequate result or with intolerable side effects)
- Multiple Sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
- AIDS or HIV (as defined in Iowa Code, section 141A.1)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- 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)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Severe, intractable pediatric autism with self-injurious or aggressive behavior
- Corticobasal Degeneration
You must retrieve your medical records stating that you have been diagnosed with at least one of the above mentioned illnesses.
This diagnosis must be reviewed by your recommending physician as basis for the issuance of your certification.
The physician is also required to discuss pertinent information regarding the use of medical cannabidiol, as indicated in the Patient Information Sheet, as a treatment alternative for your condition.
After evaluating your records and discussing your options, the recommending doctor then fills out and signs the certification.
As Iowa’s health department’s response to COVID-19, patients are instructed to process their applications online. Allow us to make this easier for you by having one of our own registered healthcare practitioners take care of your certification. Our doctors will review your medical diagnosis, discuss medical cannabidiol treatment programs, and issue your certification. We will also guide you through the online registration process, which is the next step to your application.
Step 3. Complete Your Online Registration
Once you have been certified as being qualified for a medical cannabidiol card, visit the Office of Medical Cannabidiol website at https://iowamcbdreg.secure.force.com/IowaReg/IDT_Patient.
Click the Online Patient Registration button to access the Adult Patient Application page.
Fill out the Adult Patient Application form. You will be asked to provide basic personal information such as:
- Your name
- Your permanent and mailing address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Your driver’s license ID number or state ID number.
You will also be required to submit the following supporting documentation.
- Healthcare Practitioner Certification
- Valid photo ID. This could be any of the following:
o a valid Iowa driver’s license, or
o a valid Iowa non-operator’s identification card
- Valid supporting documentation for reduced fee. This could be any of the following:
o Copy of your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit notice
o Copy of proof of receipt of your Supplemental Security Income Payment (SSIP)
o Copy of your Iowa Medicaid membership card
o Copy of your Hawk-I membership card
Alternatively, applications can be mailed to the Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH). However, due to the health threats posed by COVID-19, patients are advised not to go out, especially in crowded, public places. The DPH, instead, encourages those applying for a medical cannabidiol card to submit their applications online.
Step 4. Pay The Fee
After completing the online registration, pay the $100 application fee. If you are able to present proof of your SSD or SSIP coverage, Medicaid membership, or Hawk-I membership, then you are eligible for the reduced fee of $25. Do not forget to tick the “I qualify for the reduced fee” checkbox.
Submit your application and wait for an email containing a link to the Patient Attestation Statement. Follow the instructions and sign this agreement. You will then receive a confirmation email.
Step 5. Wait for Your Card
Once you complete all requirements, your application will be reviewed by the Department of Public Health. You will be notified of the status of your application via email.
If you get approved, you may visit any Department of Transportation (DOT) office that can print your new medical cannabidiol registration card.
Again, due to the recent pandemic, instead of going to the DOT service center, patients are advised to call a DOT office near them. DOT can either mail them the card or schedule a visit to the center to minimize the patient’s exposure.
After getting your medical cannabidiol card, you can start using it at any state-registered dispensary. DPH has recently waived certain rules and has allowed curbside pick-up of medical cannabidiol products from dispensaries.
We will help you find a legal dispensary most accessible to you. You can then arrange a curbside pickup schedule once you are ready to collect your medical cannabidiol products. Our affiliates guarantee high-quality medical cannabidiol that have helped alleviate medical conditions, thereby significantly improving people’s lives. We wish to see you enjoy healthier, fuller years, unrestricted by any disease or ailment. So, book an appointment with us now and start your medical cannabidiol story.