Become a Caregiver

Who can become a caregiver? 

Parents, legal guardians, and anyone 18 years of older who is a resident of Iowa or a bordering state and has been designated by the patient as a caretaker can apply for a registration card allowing them to obtain medicinal cannabis and administer it to a patient.

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Follow these steps to receive a Medical Cannabis card in iowa as a caregiver:

Download Iowa Department of Public Health medical cannabidioil registration card

Step 1


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

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Get certification from the patient's physician

Step 2

Get certification from the patient's physician.

Schedule an appointment with the patient’s physician to discuss using medicinal cannabis as a treatment option. Ask him/her to certify that the patient suffers from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medicinal cannabidiol treatment by filling out the required physician sections on the application. 

Qualifying Conditions
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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 $25 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 caregivers will receive instructions from the IDPH via mail for obtaining a registration card that must be acquired from the the Iowa Department of Public Transportation. For additional information about the application process, read the FAQ page

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Step 4

Visit a dispensary.

As of Dec. 1, 2018, medicinal cannabis is be available at five dispensaries located across the state of Iowa. MedPharm Iowa welcomes you to visit our dispensaries in Windsor Heights and Sioux City. 

For additional information about what to expect when you visit a dispensary, view our dispensary page.

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Qualifying Medical Conditions

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

View Qualifying Conditions