The first step is to download the Healthcare Practitioner Certification form. Take this form on your next visit to your neurologist for treatment of your intractable epilepsy.

Eligible Conditions:

  • Cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment produces one or more of the following
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Nausea or severe vomiting
    • Cachexia (Severe Wasting)
  • Multiple Sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • AIDS or HIV as defined in section 141A.1.
  • Crohn’s disease
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • any terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness of its treatment produces one or more of the following:
    • severe or chronic pain
    • nausea or severe vomiting
    • cachexia or severe wasting
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Untreatable pain

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

The process for registering a minor patient is the same as for an adult patient.

Benefits of Being a Patient:

Registered patients in Iowa have an affirmative defense for the possession of CBD oil with less than 3% THC content.

Becoming a Caregiver:

To become a caregiver in Iowa, you can find the online application here. You will need a completed Healthcare Practitioner Form signed by your patient's doctor that designates you as the primary caregiver. You will also need a copy of your photo ID, either a valid Driver's license or a valid non-operator's identification card. There will also be a $25 fine.

Out-of-State Patients:

Iowa does not recognize Out-of-State patient registrations. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, check out our Travel Guide.

Home Cultivation:

Growing cannabis at home is not legal in the state of Iowa.


Medical cannabis patients can find additional resources here

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