How To Get Medical Marijuana Cards In Pennsylvania [2020 Update]
Before we walk you through the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in the state of Pennsylvania, we’ll save some of you some time by first laying out the qualifying medical conditions. If you do not suffer from one of these medical conditions you are not (yet) eligible for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
According to officials, only patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Cancer, including remission therapy
- Crohn’s disease
- Intractable spasticity
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
- HIV / AIDS
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intractable seizures
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Opioid use disorder
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Severe chronic or intractable pain
- Sickle cell
- Terminal illness
It is possible that more conditions could be added in the future. It’s also possible that lawmakers will put the decision of who can benefit from medical marijuana into the hands of doctors where it belongs, but for now, these are the only qualifying conditions.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Overview
Pennsylvania’s march toward a comprehensive medical marijuana program arguably began on January 20, 2015, when Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr. of Sunbury signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Reform Resolution. With this act, came a policy of tolerance. The resolution called for non-cooperation in the enforcement of any acts which, according to Wikipedia, “prohibit, penalize, or criminalize the possession, cultivation, or use of medical cannabis, hemp, cannabinoids, and other illegal or experimental drugs, becoming the first law enforcement agency in Pennsylvania, and perhaps the first in the United States, to enact such a policy.”
Then in April of 2016, with Senate Bill 3, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to officially legalize medical marijuana. The legislation paved a path for the production, processing, and sale of medical marijuana to patients suffering from any of 17 qualifying medical conditions.
Although Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program seemed to get off to a shaky start, it is operating relatively smoothly at this point in time. In the early days of the program, dried flower and other smokables were prohibited, however that has since been overturned and smokables are allowed.
Steps To Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card In Pennsylvania
There are three steps involved in gaining legal access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
- Register for the program through the Medical Marijuana Registry.
- Get a certification from a physician stating that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions.
- Pay fees associated with a medical marijuana ID card.
Step 1 – Registering for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program
Registering for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is fairly straight forward.
First, you need to create a profile in the Medical Marijuana Registry which includes basic information such as your legal name, current address, and contact information.
In order to register, you must have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or an ID card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Step 2 – Get certified by a Pennsylvania licensed physician
Step 2 in qualifying for the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is to have a state-licensed physician certify that you suffer from at least one of the qualifying medical conditions.
Physicians are required to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in order to be allowed to recommend medical marijuana to their patients. If your doctor is not registered with the Department of Health, you can find an approved physician by filling out the form below.
Once a physician has examined you, and approved your application, they will submit their certifications directly to the system.
Step 3 – Pay $50 fee
Once your doctor has deemed your condition worth of taking part in the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program you’ll to return to the Medical Marijuana Registry and complete your application at which time you’ll be required to remit a $50 fee.
If you are involved in any assistance programs such as Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC, you might be eligible for fee reductions.
Pennsylvania Marijuana Q&A
What Medical Marijuana Products Are Allowed?
Once you’ve received your card, you’re probably off and running to your local dispensary. Although you’re likely to find an array of products there are also some things you won’t find — like smoking paraphernalia.
The types of products available at dispensaries in Pennsylvania include:
- dried cannabis
Although you are permitted to purchase dried cannabis, it is not legal to smoke marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania, therefore your only options are to use a vaporizer or use it to make edibles the sales of which are also prohibited.
What About Caregivers?
Patients who do not have the means to obtain medical marijuana and patients under the age of 18 may designate up to two caregivers to assist in obtaining medical marijuana. You can designate a spouse, a parent, or even a friend.
As with physicians, caregivers are also required to register for the medical marijuana program. Furthermore, caregivers are required to undergo a background check before being approved. Applicants with previous drug convictions and will be denied.
How Do I Renew My Card?
Your card is good for one year from the time of registration. Your expiration date will be printed on the front of the card.
You’ll receive an email 60 days before your patient certification and ID card expire and another email 30 days before your renewal payment is due with instruction on how to renew your card and the due date of your payment which is about a week before the expiration date on your card.
If payment is made by that date, your registration will automatically be deactivated. However, as soon as you log in and make the payment, your card will be immediately reactivated.
In order to pay the fee to renew your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, you’ll need to log in to your patient account as a returning user. Follow these steps:
- In the blue ribbon at the top of the page, click “profile settings.”
- Review and update personal information.
- Save your changes and click “Renew my registration.”
The next step is to visit your doctor for an annual evaluation. It does not need to be the same physician who examined you for the initial certification.
Assuming you are re-certified by your doctor, you will receive an updated card in the mail with an issue date of the day after your original card expired.
That’s it! You’re good to go for another year.
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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding PA marijuana.
Once I have my Pennsylvania MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?
You will go to a state licensed dispensary. You can find them on Nationwide Dispensaries.
Once I have my PA MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?
No. Although flower is available, smoking is banned.
Can I take my medical cannabis to a different state?
Medical marijuana patients in all states may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Who Can Use Marijuana in Pennsylvania?
Card carrying medical marijuana patients.
CBD is for sale online in the forms of oils, topicals, flower and tinctures. CBD products for sale are also in head shops, pet stores and holistic shops around town. Is this CBD Oil legal in Pennsylvania?
Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States.
Will CBD, Hemp, or cannabidiol oil get me high?
What is the difference between CBD & THC?
Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
Are THC edibles allowed in Pennsylvania?
How Much Should I consume?
You should always consult with a licensed Pennsylvania medical marijuana doctor before using medical marijuana in any forms.