How To Legally Grow Medical Marijuana At Home in Missouri

Understanding What is Required to Grow Medical Marijuana in Missouri

If you are looking to grow medical marijuana in Missouri, you need to thoroughly understand the rules, regulations and process. The concept of growing it in your home is relatively straightforward. Several guidebooks which outline a step by step process on how to get started along with a curated list of equipment needed can assist patients in understanding how to grow marijuana effectively. But before you do anything, you should speak to a licensed medical cannabis doctor and get a valid recommendation.

In this article, you will learn how to get a license that permits you to grow medical marijuana at home along with the six primary rules to follow for further consideration

Understanding the Registration and Rules in Missouri

As a patient, it is mandatory to seek a legitimate recommendation from a medical cannabis doctor. You will be required to provide a photo, a valid identification card, proof of address and medical documentation which validates your state approved condition.

Also, it is worth noting that patients are required to register with the Department of Health and Senior Services by submitting their medical marijuana recommendation form which they will receive once a consultation is complete with a Missouri Green Team doctor.

Patients will be allowed to use four ounces of untreated marijuana within 30 days. It is crucial because the caregiver could grow a substantial amount for the patient. But the patients could collect up to eight ounces from a certified caregiver.

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The Missouri medical marijuana program has set several rules that patients must follow in order to receive a home cultivation license. You can read the full list of Missouri medical marijuana program rules here. Below is a breakdown the state’s rules, including specifics about indoor and outdoor home cultivation spaces:

1) Locked Facility

Patient cultivation must take place in a closed, locked facility as established in 19 CSR 30-95.010.  An “enclosed, locked facility” means: (A) An indoor stationary closet, room, garage, greenhouse, or other comparable fully enclosed space equipped with locks or other functioning security devices that permit access to only the qualifying patient(s) or primary caregiver(s) who have informed the department that this is the space where they will cultivate marijuana; or (B) An outdoor stationary structure: 1. That is enclosed on all sides, except at the base, by chain-link fencing, wooden slats, or a similar material that is anchored, attached, or affixed to the ground and that cannot be accessed from the top; 2. In which the plants are not visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure at any level; and 3. That is equipped with locks or other security devices that restrict access to only the qualifying patient(s) or primary caregiver(s).

2) Number of Plants

Patients can cultivate up to six (6) female flowering marijuana plants, six male plants and six clones at a time. Two patients can grow in the same facility. They are limited to twelve (12) female flowering plants, twelve male plants and twelve clones.  It is important to note that a qualifying patient who is also a primary caregiver for another patient may cultivate six additional female flowering plants, six male plants and six clones at a time. This would bring a two patient facility limit to eighteen (18) female plants, eighteen male plants and eighteen clones.

3) Growing Restrictions

Qualifying patients are not allowed to grow medical marijuana for other patients and non-patients, unless you are a licensed caregiver to that patient.

4) Other Laws May Apply

Though the state allows for home cultivation, patients are still subject to whatever laws, rules or regulations they have with their property or place of cultivation, as well as federal rules, laws and regulations.

5) Labeling

All home cultivated medical cannabis must be labeled with the Missouri medical marijuana patient’s name. This label must be written clearly and easy to read!

6) ID Card Placement

Patients will receive a qualifying patient cultivation identification card with cultivation authorization. This card must be clearly displayed at the cultivation area in a distinguishable way, in close proximity to your medical cannabis plants. This authorization shall list the name of the patient or primary caregiver, as well as the address of the facility where medical cannabis is being cultivated.

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Where to Get the Right Seeds?

According to Missouri’s DHSS “The Department cannot advise anyone on where to obtain the means to grow marijuana.” That said, there’s several dispensaries already open (and more are scheduled to open up soon!) so you can inquire with the on-staff budtenders to understand what they have available for sale. An alternative solution would be checking online for companies who ship seeds discreetly to your home.

Missouri Caregivers​

In Missouri, caregivers have the chance to grow medical cannabis for three approved patients. Also, they can register the patient. But they are required to pay $100 to receive a grow certificate. Also, they must pay an extra $100 for another certificate if they are planning to cultivate medical cannabis for the patients and themselves.

When applying for caregiving duties, you will be required to fill out an authorization document providing the patient’s vital details, such as the ID number. When handling the plants, you will record the total number of plants and ounces of unrefined cannabis. The caregiver needs to put a tag on each plant showing the patient’s name. If the patient chooses to stop the caregiver from growing the cannabis on their behalf, the caregiver should get rid of the plants at a nearby dispensary.

Remember, caregivers can hold dried cannabis and plants that were produced to be used by the patient. A caregiver will be in control of a closed institution that could be locked. Handling medical marijuana needs the caregiver to comply with the rules.

Speak to Professionals and Understand the Process

If you’re interested in gaining access to medical cannabis and/or would like to grow your own medical marijuana plants you should visit and speak to a licensed doctor today!

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For more information on Missouri’s Medical Marijuana, we recommend you check out Missouri DHSS FAQ page!

Missouri Green Team
211 North Broadway St. Louis Missouri 63102
(508) 606-6741

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