Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

/Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania 2018-04-19T17:47:05+00:00

Information

Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program into law on April 17, 2016, making it the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program.  The medical marijuana program will provide access to medical marijuana patients with a serious medical condition through a safe and effective method of delivery.  The law will protect registered patients and their physicians from civil and criminal penalties and create a well-regulated system for medical marijuana.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is now accepting patient applications.  This guide will connect you with medical marijuana resources and information for patients.

What to do if Interested in Medical Marijuana

Visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a patient profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.

  1. Register.

Visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a patient profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.

  1. Find a Physician.

Review the list of approved practitioners in Pennsylvania and find a board certified physician in your area or click here to schedule an appointment.

  1. Schedule an Appointment.

Call the approved practitioner’s office to schedule an appointment in order to obtain a physician’s certification that you suffer from one of the 17 serious medical conditions approved in Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in scheduling, please click here to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

  1. Obtain your records

To make the process smoother, take a copy of your medical records to your appointment indicating your serious medical condition.  This will include any testing or office visits confirming your diagnosis.

  1. Pay for your medical marijuana ID card

After you have obtained a physician’s certification that you suffer from one of the 17 serious medical conditions, you can return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.

  1. Visit a Dispensary

Obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania.  You can visit the Department of Health’s Find a Dispensary website to see a list of approved dispensaries.

What conditions are covered?

Pennsylvania approved 17 serious medical conditions for medicinal marijuana:

  1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  2. Autism
  3. Cancer
  4. Crohn’s Disease
  5. Spinal Cord damage with neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Glaucoma
  8. HIV/AIDS
  9. Huntington’s Disease
  10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  11. Intractable Seizures
  12. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  13. Neuropathies
  14. Parkinson’s Disease
  15. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  16. Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
  17. Sickle Cell Anemia

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website for additional information regarding the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program.

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