How to Obtain Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
Across the state, over 130,000 Pennsylvania patients have signed up for the Commonwealth’s Medical Marijuana program. For patients, medical marijuana can offer an alternative treatment option to alleviate symptoms that may prohibit them from living their best lives.
At Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, we want to help patients enroll in the program so they can begin exploring how medical marijuana can relieve their symptoms.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you Get a Card and Get Back Your Life.
Step 1: Do I Qualify?
Medical marijuana has been approved in Pennsylvania as a treatment option for patients with 23 qualifying medical conditions. Here’s the list of approved conditions - determine which qualifying condition you have:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Cancer, including remission therapy
Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies
Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
HIV / AIDS
Inflammatory bowel disease
Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
Sickle cell anemia
Step 2: Get Registered with the State
Once you’ve determined a qualifying condition, you will need to register with the state Medical Marijuana Program. The registration is available online with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Be sure to have your Pennsylvania driver's license or a Pennsylvania state-issued ID card with your current address to complete your online registration. This step is free.
Step 3: Consult with an Approved Physician
After registering with the state, you’ll need to make an appointment with a state-approved physician, who will certify your qualifying condition and determine that medical marijuana may benefit you. There are nearly 1,100 certified physicians across the state . Here’s a list of physicians, organized by county.
Step 4: Pay for your Medical Marijuana ID Card
You’ll be able to pay for your Medical Marijuana ID card after your physician certification. Log in to your account on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to pay. The fee for the patient medical marijuana ID card is $50, and it’ll arrive via mail in about 7 to 10 days.
Step 5: Visit a dispensary
Congratulations! With your Medical Marijuana ID card in hand, you can now visit any dispensary in the state to purchase medical marijuana. Most patients will need to have a primary consultation with a pharmacist at their chosen dispensary, so it is recommended that you make an appointment prior to visiting. Find a dispensary near you.
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program allows residents over the age of 21 to serve as caregivers if they are registered with the state and completed a background check. Caregivers are:
Designated by a patient;
A parent, legal guardian of a patient under 18;
Designated by a parent, legal guardian or spouse
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