Who can become a patient?
If you’re an Iowa resident age 18 or older who suffers from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medicinal cannabis treatment, such as cancer or untreatable pain, you may be eligible to become a patient.
Follow these steps to obtain aN Iowa medical cannabis card and begin receiving treatment:
Download the application.
Download the patient application for a medical cannabis registration card from the Iowa Department of Public Health website.
Get certification from your physician.
Schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss using medicinal cannabis as a treatment option. Ask him/her to certify you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medicinal cannabis treatment by filling out the required physician sections on the application.
Submit the application with documentation and payment.
Hand-deliver or mail the completed application, all required documentation and the $100 annual fee* (cash or check) to the Iowa Department of Public Health at:
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Approved patients will receive mailed instructions for obtaining a registration card that must be acquired from the Iowa Department of Public Transportation. For additional information about the application process, refer to the FAQ page.
* The annual fee is reduced to $25 for patients who qualify. For more information about qualification requirements, visit the IDPH website.
Visit a dispensary.
As of Dec. 1, 2018, medicinal cannabis is available at five dispensaries located across the state of Iowa. MedPharm Iowa welcomes you to visit our dispensaries in Windsor Heights and Sioux City. Patients are encouraged to call ahead to schedule a consultation for an available time. Walk ins are also accepted. To check in at the door, you will need your Iowa medical cannabis card and current government-issued identification. All guests over the age of 18 are required to show a current government-issued identification. For additional information about dispensaries in Iowa, refer to the dispensaries page.