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How to Obtain Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is expected to be fully implemented in early spring 2018, but patients can begin the process to obtain medical marijuana now. Here’s how:

Consult with a physician: Talk to a doctor to determine if medical marijuana is right for you. Note that the doctor must have registered for the medical marijuana program, taken the required training to be considered an official practitioner by the DOH and approved to certify patients to take part in the program. Hundreds of physicians are either on the registry or in the pipeline for approval, and the number continues to grow.

As of mid-November 2017, over 100 physicians are on the registry, more than 200 are in the pipeline for approval, and the number continues to grow. To view the statewide list of approved physicians, click here.

Register for ID Card: Qualified patients with a physician’s recommendation saying they would benefit from medical marijuana for one of the 17 approved conditions must register with the state DOH to receive a Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card.

Carry your Card: Once you receive your card, you are qualified to purchase approved quantities of medical marijuana from a dispensary with a state-approved permit.

Pennsylvania statute limits medical marijuana to be produced and distributed to a patient or caregiver only in the following forms: pill, oil, topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments, a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, tincture, liquid.

Note: Medical marijuana may not be dispensed to a patient or a caregiver in dry leaf or plant form. Smoking is not an approved method of delivery.

Since the current laws under the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program are still changing, and new ones are being enacted on a regular basis, please visit DOH’s website frequently to access the most updated information.