Who can become a patient?
If you’re an Iowan of any age 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:
Get certification from your healthcare practitioner.
Schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner 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.
Complete the online application for a medical cannabis card from the Iowa Department of Public Health website. A printed form is also available. You can also hand-deliver or mail the completed application and payment to:
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.
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. Please call ahead to schedule a consultation for your first visit to a dispensary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our dispensary staff will follow up with you for a phone consultation once we receive your patient intake form.