IA Marijuana Qualification

Updated on May 17, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Can Be Treated With Medical Cannabidiol in Iowa?

Patients in Iowa diagnosed with one or more of the following illnesses can be certified for a Medical Cannabidiol Card in IA:

  • AIDS or HIV (as defined in Iowa Code, section 141A.1)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer (If the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, Cachexia or Severe Wasting/Wasting Syndrome.)
  • Corticobasal Degeneration – Effective October 16, 2019
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (with severe and persistent Muscle Spasms)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Seizures
  • Severe, intractable Autism (including Pediatric Autism) with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors (Effective November 27, 2019)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Untreatable Pain – any pain whose cause cannot be removed and, according to generally accepted medical practice, the full range of pain management modalities appropriate for the patient has been used without adequate result or with intolerable side effects.
  • Any Terminal Illnesses with a probable life expectancy of under one year – if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting

Patients can also fill out a Petition Form to have medial conditions added to the above list. Petition may be emailed, mailed or hand-delievered to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Office of Medical Cannabidiol
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Please visit the Department of Public Health’s Website here to view the Timeline, Process & Previous List of Denied & Accepted Medical Conditions.

Iowa Medical Marijuana Qualifications

How to Become a Medical Cannabidiol Patient in Iowa

  • Patient’s must be aged eighteen (18) years of age or older. If a patient is under the age of eighteen (18) they must have a caregiver complete a separate Caregiver Application as well.
  • Must be a resident of Iowa with a valid Iowa I.D. as proof of residency
  • Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating that you are diagnosed with a qualifying condition. Learn how to request your medical records
  • Obtain a Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form from a physician licensed in the state of Iowa that you suffer from a qualifying condition. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment.
  • Complete an Adult Patient Registration Form and submit it to the Department of Public Health (DPH).
    • All applications must include:
      1. Completed & signed Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form,
      2. Completed Adult Patient Application
      3. Copy of photo ID
        • Valid IA Driver’s License or
        • Valid IA Identification Card
      4. Payment of $100.00 (unless patient is applicable for a reduced fee or is a minor patient):
        • Application fee is waived for minors, but the $25 Application Fee for Caregivers still applies.
        • Reduced Fee is $25 and is only for patients who can provide proof using one of the following: Copy of Social Security Disability Benefit (SSDI) Notice, Copy of proof of receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Payment, Copy of Iowa Medicaid Member Card or Copy of Hawk-I Member Card.
  • If your application is approved by the DPH, you can then visit any Department of Transportation (DOT) location to have your Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card created.

Medical Cannabidiol Access in Iowa

Some Medical Cannabidiol patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal and Iowa only has a Medical Cannabidiol currently. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore, doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in Iowa will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Whereas previously Iowa seemed to take a short-sighted approach to medical marijuana, change is expected as the new advisory board begins to roll out information about how the medical marijuana program will change in the next two years. As new information is released about the expanding Medical Cannabidiol program in Iowa, we’ll also continue to provide information such as how to obtain an Iowa medical cannabis card and much more.

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