Iowa cannabis information

Learn more about medical cannabis in Iowa.

Looking for answers? Learn about Iowa's medical cannabis program, Bud & Mary's name changing from MedPharm Iowa, how to find an Iowa doctor for a med card, and more below.

Why did MedPharm change their name?

The MedPharm Iowa name changed to Bud & Mary's Cannabis in June 2022 to better align with the our values as we grow.

Why did we change our name?

We're growing and expanding fast! Our new name and brand aligns better with who we are and what we represent.

Will any of the products change?

Nope! Our current products will remain the same, with more exciting things to come! All cannabis products will continue to be grown locally by our existing teams in their respective states.

Is there another company involved?

Nope! Nothing's changed. No other company is involved, we just needed a new look that better matches who we are and where we're going. We're still the same family-owned company based in Iowa, operating in Colorado and Iowa, and soon to be expanding into Michigan!

Finding a doctor

An Iowa licensed Doctor, MD, or ARNP needs to sign your application. The most commonly approved condition is chronic pain. Many patients get their med card in minutes online.

Can any doctor prescribe medical cannabis?

A prescription is not required for a medical cannabis in Iowa, however a medical card is needed to purchase products. A healthcare practitioner needs to "certify" that a patient's condition is valid using the IDPH application.  Any Iowa licensed MD, DO, ARNP, PA, APRN or podiatrist in Iowa can sign an application, but they are not required to do so. Some healthcare institutions such as Presto Doctor offer virtual consultations for applying for a cannabis card in Iowa.

What is the role of a healthcare practitioner in this program?

In order to get a cannabis card in Iowa your healthcare practitioner will need to sign your application to certify that you have one of the qualifying conditions. Healthcare providers are not required to sign. If you provider does not want to sign, you are allowed to see another provider to get certified. The Iowa Department of Public Health keeps a list of participating doctors. If you are having trouble finding one you can call and request contact info for an appropriate healthcare practitioners near you. Virtual options are also available here. The Iowa Department of Public Health will process the application and provide your medical card.

What if my doctor won't verify my condition?

Many healthcare practitioners in Iowa are still not interested in considering cannabis as a method of symptom relief. You can’t be approved for a medical cannabis card without certification of your medical condition from a healthcare practitioner. If you are having trouble finding one you can call and request contact info for an appropriate healthcare practitioner near you. Virtual options are also available here.

Eligibility

If you’re an Iowan of any age who suffers from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medicinal cannabis treatment, such as cancer or chronic pain, you may be eligible to become a patient. Find a doctor to sign your application today!

How do I register for medical cannabis in Iowa?

To register for a medical cannabidiol registration card. Get certification from your healthcare practitioner. Apply online. Visit a dispensary.

How can I get a medical cannabis card as a parent, legal guardian or legal caregiver?

Get certification from your healthcare practitioner. Apply online. Visit a dispensary.

How do I know if I'm eligible for medical cannabis in Iowa?

You are eligible to apply for a medical cannabidiol registration card if you:

I don't think I have one of the conditions.

Chronic pain is a broad condition that covers many diagnoses and is the most commonly approved condition for medical cannabis.

Iowa program

Iowa's medical cannabis program began in 2018, and allows for full THC and CBD products grown in Iowa to be sold in licensed dispensaries.

How do I register for medical cannabis in Iowa?

To register for a medical cannabidiol registration card. Get certification from your healthcare practitioner. Apply online. Visit a dispensary.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical cannabis card in Iowa?

Individuals can get a card at 18. For minors, they must have an approved adult caregiver.

What documentation do I need to provide with my application?

You must provide a clear copy of valid photo identification and documentation that shows your permanent Iowa address, including one of the following:

  • Valid Iowa driver’s license
  • Valid Iowa non-operator’s identification card
  • Valid Iowa voter registration card
  • Current Iowa vehicle registration certificate
  • Utility bill
  • Statement from a financial institution
  • Residential lease agreement
  • Check or pay stub from an employer
  • Child’s school or child care enrollment document
  • Valid documentation establishing a filing of homestead or military tax exemption on property located in Iowa
  • Other valid documentation as deemed acceptable by the Iowa Department of Public Health to establish residency
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or non-operator’s identification card issued by a state other than Iowa (for primary caregiver applicants who do not reside in Iowa)

If you are eligible for a reduced application fee ($25), you must provide a clear copy of documentation showing that you receive social security disability benefits or supplemental security income payments or are a member of Iowa Medicaid.

Is there a fee associated with my card?

Fee can be paid via online registration with debit, credit or HSA card.

How long is a medical cannabis card in Iowa valid?

A medical cannabidiol registration card is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance and may be renewed annually. Cardholders must submit a renewal application and fee to the Iowa Department of Public Health at least 60 days prior to the date of expiration. A cardholder who fails to renew the medical cannabidiol registration card may not legally possess medical cannabidiol.

Will my insurance cover medical cannabis?

Health insurers are not required to cover the cost of medical cannabidiol.

Will I need to bring my card to every visit to the dispensary?

Yes. You must have your valid registration card ready at the door when you check in.

Do I need to bring photo identification to the dispensary?

Yes. You must have current government-issued identification ready at the door when you check in, along with your medical cannabidiol registration card.

Can someone else pick up my medical cannabidiol for me?

Only people with valid Iowa medical cannabidiol registration cards may pick up medical cannabidiol from an Iowa dispensary. Cardholders who are not under the care of a primary caregiver must pick up their own medical cannabidiol. The only people qualified to pick up medical cannabidiol for someone else’s treatment are those who’ve obtained a primary caregiver registration card.

Can I share my card with other people in my household?

No. A medical cannabidiol registration card only authorizes the person associated with the card to obtain medical cannabidiol from a dispensary.

Can patients grow cannabis at home?

No. It is illegal for patients and/or caregivers to cultivate their own cannabis plants. Only Bud & Mary's is licensed in the state of Iowa to grow cannabis for the purpose of producing medical cannabidiol.

Is my medical cannabis card valid in other states?

No. Iowa patients may only obtain legal medical cannabidiol from Iowa-licensed dispensaries and may not possess or use any cannabidiol produced out of state.

Can patients from other states obtain medical cannabis from Iowa dispensaries?

No. Only Iowa patients with valid medical cannabidiol registration cards may obtain medical cannabidiol from Iowa dispensaries.

I can get hemp oil without a physician's certification. Can I use that to treat my medical condition?

Although both hemp oil and CBD oil can be derived from the hemp plant, CBD oil comes from the flowers, leave and stalks, while hemp oil comes from the seeds. Hemp oil does not have the medicinal benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil can also be derived from cannabis, while hemp oil can only be derived from the industrial hemp plant.

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