Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in IA

Step1: Book an appointment

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.

Step 2: Consult with a veriheal doctor

Consult with a doctor for 15 mins 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.

Step 3: get approved in iowa

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 ton 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.

Every 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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About Cannabis in Iowa

Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west.

In 2017, the Legislature passed and then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Medical Cannabidiol Act, which allows up to two in-state operations to grow marijuana and process 3 percent THC cannabidiol to be distributed by five state-approved dispensaries. The Iowa law allows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana extracts, which can include nebulizers or inhaled products, but MedPharm — the company making all legal products for sale in Iowa — is selling only capsules, tinctures and creams.

Qualifying patients must obtain a state registry ID card to receive legal protection, and they may designate a caregiver to assist them. The state began issuing registration ID cards to qualifying patients in 2015, but patients have no ability to purchase or cultivate cannabis in the state.

When allowable, cannabis may be consumed in by medical marijuana patients in a private residence. Patients with valid registration cards can then visit one of the five cannabidiol dispensaries around the state.

Qualifying Conditions in Iowa

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease;
  • Cancer with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia (wasting disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Untreatable pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • 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 file an application with the IDPH for a medical CBD registration card. If approved, the department will notify the Iowa DOT and applicants can obtain the card at an Iowa driver’s license issuance site. Applicants must bring a current driver’s license or identification card for proof of identity. There is no charge for the card.

Caregiver Registration in Iowa

Primary caregivers may possess and assist with the administration of CBD oil to a registered patient. Caregivers are designated by the physician rather than the patient and done so at the time when filling out the written recommendation. Caregivers must be at least 18 years of age. Like patients, caregivers must also have a registration card from the Department of Public Health in order to have legal protections.

Patients or caregivers must submit an application for medical CBD to the Office of Medical Cannabidiol within the IDPH. Applicants then must obtain a registration card through the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).

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

From the Iowa Department of Public Health, the following information is designed to help Designated Primary Caregivers understand the process of registering in Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program: 

Caregivers of Adult Patients

  • All adult patients (>18) will need to complete the adult patient application before a caregiver’s application can be approved.
  • When applying online, the adult patient must submit their application first. Upon submission, the patient will receive an email with their application number. This is the number that is required when filling a caregiver application.
  • When applying by paper, the OMC recommends submitting the patient application, caregiver application, completed healthcare practitioner form and other required documents at the same time.

Caregivers of Minor Patients

  • The minor must have a completed healthcare practitioner form signed by their physician, but no patient application is required with submission.
  • Payment is not required for minors, but the $25 caregiver application fee still applies.

How to Apply:

1.  Ensure your patient has a completed healthcare practitioner form, with you listed as the designated primary caregiver.

2. Complete a caregiver registration application.

  • For faster review and approval, caregivers should apply with their online caregiver application at
  • For traditional, caregiver application by paper, caregivers should download and complete the form below, and mail it to the Iowa Department of Health with the other necessary documents listed on the checklist within the application.

3. Submit your application. All applications must include:

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

4. Next Steps.

  • The Department of Public Health will review your application and tell you if it is approved, or inform you if more information is needed.
  • If approved, caregivers will need to visit any Department of Transportation (DOT) to get their medical cannabidiol registration card made.
  • With their registration card in-hand, caregivers may visit any of Iowa’s five licensed dispensaries to purchase products on behalf of their patients.
    • Caregivers should be aware that their patient must have a DOT-issued registration card in order for the caregiver to purchase products on the patient’s behalf.

Possession and Cultivation Limits

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

Cultivation is not allowed.

Places to Visit in IA After Enjoying Your Medicine

Located in the heart of the country and serving as the nation’s top corn producer, the state of Iowa has many things to be proud of. It has more to offer than many visitors might think, from unique beach towns filled with waterside amusement parks to towns with a deep history and inspired by a rich Dutch heritage. No matter what the season, visitors to Iowa will be entertained in a variety of ways.

Des Moines

Originally named after the river on which it sits, Des Moines was first established as Fort Des Moines in 1843 and eventually grew into the city that it is today. Des Moines has come a long way from its U.S. Army base roots, so much so that in modern Des Moines guests and locals can see a Broadway show many nights throughout the year, purchase locally grown produce and locally raised meat from the Downtown Farmers Market, and even visit extensive art galleries showcasing local and national artists. Des Moines also features many family-friendly attractions, ranging from outdoor hikes along the river to child-centric museums and restaurants.


City of bluffs, craft beer, Mississippi River adventures, intricate history, and Loras College, Dubuque finds itself as a bridge between rural and urban Iowa, classic architecture and new innovations, and maintaining the old way of doing things while pushing forward into the future. Officially the first established town in Iowa, settled in 1833, Dubuque was founded by Julien Dubuque before Iowa was officially a state. Depending on the season, guests are often enthralled 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.

Sioux City

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Qualifying patients may register with the medical marijuana program of Iowa. You will book an appointment with a Veriheal 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.

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

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

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.

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

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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.

Qualifying patients must be diagnosed with a debilitating condition, as defined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, to be eligible for a medical cannabis registry identification card in Illinois.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease;
  • Cancer with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia (wasting disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Untreatable pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • 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; and
  • Untreatable pain

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.

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

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

IA has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your cannabis card in Illinois, you get access to:

  • Dry Flower
  • Tinctures
  • Oils
  • Concentrates
  • Topicals
  • Edibles

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

Data last updated 05/08/2019