A caregiver is someone who is designated optionally, who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient who has a debilitating medical condition and will assist with the use or cultivation of medical marijuana.

Current Law

Currently, there are no laws specific to being a caregiver in the state of Missouri; however, if the patient is a minor, the parent or legal guardian would act as a caregiver for the child. In that case, the parent/guardian would be the cardholder instead of the minor and thus can safely administer, acquire, and possess cannabis oil for the minor.

Proposed Laws

Take note that these laws will take effect on August 28, 2015. Patients under the age of 18 may have a parent or legal guardian serve as their caregiver.


  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • Must have no background of any drug felony conviction.
  • Must be registered as a patient’s personal caregiver with the Department of Health and Senior Services

Becoming a Caregiver

  • Patient must be qualified with debilitating condition.
  • Patient must have recommendation from a physician to use medicinal marijuana.
  • Patient must give permission to the applying caregiver as his personal caregiver.
  • Patient and his personal caregiver must be registered under the department to possess medical marijuana.
  • Patient and caregiver must carry their registry identification cards at all times.

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