How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in IA through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You can attach all medical records to your account with Veriheal once you create it.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

  • STEP 2:


    Consult with a doctor for 15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out your Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form which indicates you've been approved for medical marijuana by a licensed physician. Once you have this you can then use it to apply through the state online.

    Every patient will need to prove Iowa residency for their application to be accepted by the state of IA.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you receive a copy of your Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form from the doctor you'll register with the state online and complete the Online Patient Registration Form. There is an additional $100 state fee that Iowa has in place that you will pay upon submitting your application. You will also need to include a copy of your Healthcare Practitioner Certification. If a patient receives government assistance or experiencing financial hardships and can provide documentation of these hardships, the state fee is reduced to $25.

    The state will process your application and will approve you within 3-5 business days of completing your application. You can then go pick up your card from any Drivers License Station or courthouse.

    Each patient in Iowa will need to be re-certified annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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Watch this video to learn more about getting a medical marijuana card in Iowa.

About Cannabis in Iowa

The Legislature passed in 2017, followed by Gov. Terry Branstad has signed the Medical Cannabidiol Act, which allows up to two in-state operations to grow marijuana and distribute 3% of THC cannabidiol through five state-approved dispensaries. Iowa law allows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana extracts, which may include nebulizers or inhaled products, but MedPharm— the Iowa-based company that makes all legal products for sale — sells only capsules, tinctures and creams.

In order to receive legal protection, qualifying patients must obtain a state registry ID card and can designate a caregiver to assist them. The state started issuing registration ID cards in 2015 to qualify patients, but patients in the state have no ability to buy or grow cannabis.

If permitted, cannabis may be consumed in a private residence by medical marijuana patients. Then patients with valid registration cards can visit one of the five state-wide cannabidiol dispensaries.

Qualifying Conditions in Iowa

  • Adult Autism with Aggression and/or Self Injury
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease;
  • Cancer with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia (wasting disease)
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Intellectual Disability (ID) with Aggression and/or Self-Injury
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Seizures
  • Severe Intractable Autism with Self-Injurious or Aggressive Behaviors
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Untreatable pain
  • 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:
    • Cachexia, or severe wasting disease
    • Nausea or severe vomiting
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Nausea or severe vomiting; cachexia, wasting disease;
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Untreatable pain

Application Process

Patients and/or caregivers must submit a medical CBD registration card application to the IDPH. If approved, the Iowa DOT will be notified by the department and applicants may obtain the card from an Iowa driver license issuance site. Applicants must provide evidence of identity with an existing driver’s license or identification card. The card is not charged.

Caregiver Registration in Iowa

Primary caregivers may possess and help a registered patient in the administration of CBD oil. Caregivers are appointed by the physicist rather than the patient at the moment the written recommendation is completed. It must be at least 18 years of age for caregivers. In order to have legal protections, caregivers also need to have a registration card from the Department of Public Health.

Patients or caregivers are required to send medical CBD applications to the IDPH Medical Cannabidiol Office. Applicants must then receive an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) enrollment card.

Parents, legal guardians and anyone 18 years of age or older who is a resident of Iowa or a neighboring state and has been legally approved as a necessary caregiver may apply for a registration card that allows them to obtain and administer medicinal cannabis to a patient.

The following data is intended from the Iowa Department of Public Health to assist Designated Primary Caregivers comprehend the registration process in Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program:

Caregivers of Adult Patients

  • Before the request of a caregiver can be approved, all adult patients (> 18) will have to finish the adult patient request.
  • The adult patient must first submit their request when applying online. The patient receives an email with their application number upon submission. This is the amount needed when filling out an application for caregiver.
  • The OMC proposes that the patient application, caregiver application, finished form of health care professional and other required documents be submitted simultaneously when applying by document.

Caregivers of Minor Patients

  • The minor must have a finished form of medical practitioner signed by their physician, but with submission no patient request is needed.
  • For minors, payment is not needed, but the application fee of $25 for caregivers still applies.

How to Apply (Caregiver in Iowa)

1.  Ensure that your patient has a completed form from a medical practitioner with you mentioned as the primary caregiver appointed.

2. Complete a request for registration as a caregiver.

  • Caregivers should apply online for quicker evaluation and approval:
  • For traditional, paper-based caregiver applications, caregivers should download and complete the form below and send it to the Iowa Health Department with the other required papers mentioned in the application’s checklist.
  • Primary Caregiver Application Form

3. Submit your request. All applications must include::

  • Completed Primary Caregiver Application
  • Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form, Signed by Doctor of Patient, with you as the primary caregiver.
  • A copy of your photo ID that can be either: A valid Iowa driver license or an Iowa bordering state (NE, MO, IL, WI, MN, SD); A valid non-operator ID card.
  • Payment of 25$.
  • Cash, money order or inspection written to the Public Health Department of Iowa.

4. Next Steps.

  • The Public Health Department will review your request and tell you if it is approved or if more data is required.
  • If authorized, caregivers will need to visit any Transportation Department (DOT) in order to register their medical cannabidiol card.
  • Caregivers can visit any of Iowa’s five certified dispensaries to buy products on behalf of their patients with their enrollment card in-hand.
  • Caregivers should be aware that in order for the caregiver to buy products on behalf of the patient, their patient must have a DOT-issued registration card.

Possession and Cultivation Limits

Patients may have medical CBDs of up to 32 fluid ounces, or approximately 907 grams. Each caregiver may have medical CBD per patient up to 32 ounces, or about 907 grams.

Cultivation is not allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Iowa to become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Illinois?

Yes. You need to show an Iowa ID and show that you have a IA address.

When did the Iowa MMJ program start in IA?

The first two dispensaries opened on December 1, 2018, and now there are five dispensaries available for you to get medicine from.

What is the process to obtain a medical marijuana card?

Qualifying patients may register with the medical marijuana program of Iowa. You will book an appointment with a doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition. Next, once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed IA doctor and be registered with the state.

How can I find a registered physician?

No need to worry. We provide the Iowa physicians for you.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

Can I drive while using medical marijuana?

No. Driving or operating any kind of vehicle such as motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under influence of marijuana is not allowed.

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

No you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Iowa medical marijuana program. And for that, we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.

Does chronic pain now qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes it does!

Do I need medical records to get my card in Iowa?

No you do not!

What is the Cost?

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed IA practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

Can I use medical marijuana in public?

No. The medical marijuana is prohibited to be used in public places under the law.

Where are the dispensaries in IA? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state. You can see a list of dispensaries here.

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Sign up above and we can get you approved in no time!

Places to Visit in IA After Enjoying Your Medicine

Located in the country’s core and serving as the nation’s top maize producer, Iowa State has a lot to be proud of. It has more to offer than many tourists might believe, from distinctive beach cities packed with amusement parks on the waterside to cities with a deep history inspired by a wealthy Netherlands heritage. Visitors to Iowa will be entertained in various respects, no matter what the season.

Des Moines

Originally named after the river on which it sits, Des Moines was first founded in 1843 as Fort Des Moines and ultimately developed into the town it is today. Des Moines has come from his U.S. a long way. Army base origins, so much so that visitors and locals in contemporary Des Moines can see a Broadway show many evenings throughout the year, buy local produce and local meat from the Downtown Farmers Market, and even visit comprehensive art galleries featuring local and national artists. Des Moines also offers many family-friendly attractions, from outdoor hikes along the river to museums and restaurants centered on children.


City of bluffs, craft beer, Mississippi River adventures, complicated history, and Loras College, Dubuque finds itself as a bridge between rural and urban Iowa, classic architecture and fresh technologies, preserving the ancient way of doing stuff while moving forward. Officially the first settled city in Iowa in 1833, Julien Dubuque founded Dubuque before Iowa was formally a country. Guests are often thrilled with eagle watching on Lock & Dam #11, enjoying free family and individual programs through the Multicultural Family Center, or enjoying a tri-city view from the Fenelon City Elevator, depending on the season.

Sioux City

Sioux City, located in northwestern Iowa, is renowned locally for its museums of art and history, the Sioux City Art Center and the Sioux City Public Museum being the most important. Families can enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum, which has many interactive attractions, or a journey to the Museum of the Sergeant Floyd River, which tells about the industrial history of the town surrounding the Missouri River. Visitors to Sioux City can also enjoy the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, a family-oriented museum that covered the early 1800s expedition that helped the early United States to expand.

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