A licensed dispensary and qualified physician can help you get the most out of your medical marijuana experience as well as ensure a quality product. The following cautions will also help you stay safe and get the most out of your use.
Patients need to keep in mind that recreational or casual marijuana use is strictly prohibited. Possessing marijuana without a valid Medical Marijuana Identification Card from Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services is illegal in Missouri, even if you have a qualifying condition.
Don’t operate heavy equipment and never transport weapons in the same vehicle as your marijuana. Having a weapon in your vehicle along with marijuana, even with a Medical Marijuana Identification Card, exposes you to federal charges. The regulations are not yet clear, so stay out of harm’s way.
Obtaining marijuana through private individuals poses significant risks, so you should always use a licensed dispensary. We have seen multiple unintentional overdoses where unlicensed marijuana was contaminated with methamphetamines, crack cocaine and fentanyl. Dispensaries are required to document sourcing of marijuana and test it for strength.
Once you find the right dose and right effect, stick to that specific brand and that specific dispensary. The processing can be highly variable.
Edibles are far stronger and last far longer than most patients realize. They can take 45 to 60 minutes to work, so don’t take an additional dose for at least 60 minutes if you are trying to adjust dosage.
Never leave your marijuana in a place that can be accessed by children or pets. Please keep it safe and secure, as you would a pain medication. If this happens, contact poison control immediately.
Read the full Missouri Medical FAQs