How to Get Your Medical Card in the State of Iowa

If you’re a citizen of the Hawkeye State, you may be wondering where to get your medical marijuana card.  With much of the United States legalizing the use of marijuana for medical use, Iowans may be wondering where the state stands in the debate.  We will cover what you need to know, including: You can easily Apply for your Iowa Medical Marijuana Card here:

  1. What’s legal
  2. What’s not
  3. Who qualifies
  4. How to get it
  5. How much it costs

In this resource, lays out all the detail needed about medical cannabis cards and answers: “Where can I get a medical cannabis card?”

Medical Cannabis in Iowa: What’s Legal

Just over five years ago, in 2017, Iowa passed the Medical Cannabidiol Act. Iowans were provided a pathway to get releif from their medical symptoms by using certain approved products that do contain CBD and THC. 

What is Medical Cannabidiol?

Iowa’s medical cannabis law are different from most states.  Iowa only provides access to medical cannabidiol products. What is mecial cannabidiol?  Medical cannabidiol is a pharmaceutical-grade product derived from the cannabis plant containing CBD and THC, but the THC is in lower concentration and not in flower (bud) form. See the list of approved cannabidiol products in the next section.

Here’s What’s Legal in Iowa

Patients who possess a medical cannabis card the ability to purchase a range of cannabidiol products at state-licensed dispensaries, such as:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Liquids
  • Tinctures
  • Sublinguals
  • Topical gels, ointments, creams, or lotions
  • Patches
  • Vapes
  • Nebulizables
  • Suppositories

What’s NOT Legal in Iowa

Medical marijuana is not legal in its natural plant form in Iowa. That means that cardholders may not possess cannabis in leaf, flower, or any smokable marijuana. Only the forms listed in the previous section are legal and available from Iowan dispensaries for those who have a medical card for cannabis. Edibles like gummies are not legal in Iowa.

Do I Qualify for a Medical Cannabis Card in Iowa?

If you’re a citizen of Iowa, you can be eligible for a medical card if you have one of  the list of qualifying conditions below. The Medical Cannabidiol Act lists the following debilitating medical conditions:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Nausea
  • Severe Vomiting
  • Severe Pain of any Source
  • Chronic Pain of any Source
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • HIV or AIDS
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Terminal Illness
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Autism (in certain cases)
  • Corticobasal Degeneration

If you are living with any of the conditions or symptoms listed above, you qualify for a medical marijuana card in Iowa. 

Getting Your Medical Cannabis Card in Iowa

The Office of Medical Cannabidiol (OMC), part of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, manages the medical cannabis cards in Iowa. To obtain your Iowa medical cannabis card, you’ll need to complete three steps:

  1. Physician’s Certification
  2. Application for Medical Cannabis Card
  3. Payment

Step #1: Physician’s Certification

The first step to getting your medical cannabis card in Iowa is a consultation with a doctor.

In Iowa, your doctor must complete a physician certification form to document medical necessity and recommendation of medical cannabis for your particular health condition. will established  a relationship with you in order to develop a patient-doctor relationship. Once established, our healthcare providers (physicians)  can help with your medical cannabis consultation and certification for Iowa.

To begin the process, reach out to us for your first visit to establish a patient-provider relationship.  You can call 21-342-6132 to get started. 

Once you’ve completed the consultation process with, the provider will complete the Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form and you can move on to step #2. Important:  Submit your application to the state of Iowa, , within 60 days.   The physician certification form is valid for only 60 days once signed.

Step #2: Medical Cannabis Card Application

Once you have your Healthcare Practitioner Certification form in hand, signed by your doctor—you can begin the application process to get your medical cannabis card from the Iowa OMC. Here is a list of documents you’ll need to complete the application process:

  • Completed Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form
  • Iowa Driver’s License or ID Card
  • With these items in hand, apply here to start your medical cannabis card application online.  The Office of Medical Cannabidiol usually emails you your completed medical marijuana card within just a few hours after your complete application is submitted.

Step #3: Paying for Your Medical Cannabis Card

Paying for your medical cannabis card is a two-step process.

  • First, you’ll pay your healthcare provider (physician) for the medical consultation that results in your physician certification form.
  • Second, you’ll pay a fee with your application to the Office of Medical Cannibidiol for state registry.. charges $80 for medical cannabis consultation visits and the current application fee in Iowa is $100 (or a $25 reduced fee if you participate in Medicaid or disability).

Cards are valid for one year, that puts your total cost for a medical cannabis card in Iowa at $105-180 per year.

Take the First Step Now

If you’re ready to take the first step to get your medical cannabis card in Iowa, start with SwiftieMed. Get established with our doctors to manage your medical concerns.  Set up your consultation with a physician to get relief today.

Top Sights in Iowa

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

Set your sights on seeing on the largest collection of precious stones and gems found in one location at the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend;  It’s the largest man-made grotto in the world and even bigger than the Shrine of Our Lady in the Woods in Mio, Michigan

Roller Coaster Road

Are you up for a wild ride that’ll you’ll feel in your stomach? Just outside of Harpers Ferry (in Northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County) is Roller Coaster Road (Yes, it’s actually named that name!). These thrills are typically reserved for the theme park, but here you can try it out with your car. Just remember to drive safely and enjoy yourself!

High Trestle Trail Bridge

The High Trestle Trail is a nature lover’s paradise, and also a work of art. Its a half-mile-long, 130-foot-tall bridge that gets bathed in blue light at night for a majestic experience. Bike, walk or jog across the bridge, located near Madrid, for a one-of-a-kind experience in the nature of Iowa.

Matchstick Marvels

Since 1977, Gladbrook artist Patrick Acton has created dozens of intricate models and sculptures of famous buildings and things – constructed entirely of ordinary wooden matchsticks. See the scale models of the Challenger spacecraft, the Notre Dame Cathedral and more – all made with millions of matchsticks.

Maharishi Vedic City Established in 2001, Maharishi Vedic City is Iowa’s newest incorporated city and was created as a model of ideal city life. The Maharishi Vedic Observatory displays the whole structure of the universe in one compact form. The Raj is an internationally acclaimed health center and spa focused on Ayurvedic treatments that you can book and enjoy while you are visiting.

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