According to Dr. John Judd, the process for obtaining a medical cannabis card in Missouri should be painless, especially since the patients he works with to obtain one are already suffering from debilitating illnesses and pain.
“We do our best to ensure the process is as easy and painless as possible,” said Dr. Judd, founder and owner of Greencert MD, a Missouri provider for medical marijuana certification. “We have seen firsthand the life-changing effects that cannabis can provide to patients. These are individuals who have since been able to get the relief that previous medications were unable to provide.”
Under Missouri state law, medical patients suffering from a qualifying health condition may apply for a marijuana card from their physician. Qualifying illnesses include Alzheimer’s, cancer, glaucoma, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy, to name a few. To learn more about the state’s guidelines, click here. There are currently 192 licensed dispensaries selling medical marijuana throughout the state.
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At Greencert MD, patients can simply visit the website and complete the online Medical Intake Form, which resembles the standard forms patients complete at their doctor’s office. The form needs to be completed on a device with a phone and/or computer equipped with a camera to accommodate the telehealth visit. No on-site appointment is required, though one can be scheduled if preferred. Once the form is completed, the individual is forwarded to the company’s online waiting room.
Dr. Judd is available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, excluding holidays. His staff is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If a patient is unable to visit online at that time, a link is forwarded to the individual to click on later.
“During the visit, we discuss what’s going on with them in terms of their illness, their symptoms, what medications and treatments they have tried previously,” said Dr. Judd. “Many of the patients have multiple conditions including chronic pain, anxiety, cancer and such, and even with previous medical support, are still in immense pain.”
Once approved, patients can expect to receive email notifications through the Greencert MD message portal with further instructions on how to submit their finalized application to the state for their card. Applications need to be submitted within 30 days from the date of a doctor’s signature. Greencert MD staff will also assist any patients who might require technical assistance during the entire process. Medical cards are emailed by the state directly to the patient within one to four weeks. State and Greencert MD fees apply. Approved cards are valid for one year and then must be renewed.
“Because we are local to Missouri, we are able to maintain a consistent relationship with our patients,” Dr. Judd said. “Their files can be easily accessed by our staff during the renewal process and the patients benefit from ongoing care by the same doctor.”