Become a Patient

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.

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Follow these steps to obtain aN Iowa medical cannabis card and begin receiving treatment:

Download Iowa Department of Public Health medical cannabidioil registration card

Step 1


Complete the online application for a medical cannabis card from the Iowa Department of Public Health website. A printed form is also available. Don't forget to print the physician form!

Get certification from your physician.

Step 2

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 that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medicinal cannabis treatment by filling out the required physician sections on the application.

Your application can be signed by any MD, DO, ARNP, PA, APRN or podiatrist in Iowa. Your THC purchase limit can be increased by asking your healthcare practitioner to sign the waiver form linked here.

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Step 3

Submit the application with documentation and payment.

Complete the online application. You can also 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. 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.

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Step 4

Visit a dispensary.

Medical cannabis is available at licensed dispensaries across 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. Complete the patient intake form and email it to Our dispensary staff will follow up with you for a phone consultation once we receive your patient intake form.

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Qualifying Medical Conditions

Learn which medical conditions qualify for medical cannabis treatment in the state of Iowa.

View Qualifying Conditions