ST. LOUIS — In November, Missourians passed Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana in the state, and on Friday, the state will begin accepting applications from patients.

Amendment 2 would legalize growing, manufacturing, selling and consuming marijuana and marijuana products for medicinal use at the state level.

It would tax marijuana sales at 4 percent, with proceeds going to fund veterans health care programs. Patients could grow up to six marijuana plants; a caretaker could cultivate up to 18.

On Friday, Missouri will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana patients. To qualify, you need a doctor’s certification, and you can fill out an application on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

These are the conditions approved by the state for medical marijuana use:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress order, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
  • Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
  • A terminal illness
  • In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.

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