Apply For Your Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor in PA and get approved or your money back! If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL

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How to Get a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment to see a Pennsylvania-approved medical marijuana prescriber through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Consult with a doctor for 10-15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

Our staff is on standby waiting to help you book your consultation. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we’d be happy to help.

2REGISTER WITH THE STATE

You will also need to register with the state using your driver’s license or state ID number along with providing your current address. It is important to list your name exactly as it appears on your ID and that your address is recognized by the United States Postal Service as a valid address. Where numbers are required to be entered in the application, do not add any spaces, dashes, or hyphens so the system can easily recognize your information. It is crucial that you perform this step before seeing your doctor so they can access your information in the state medical cannabis database.

The system is instantly verified and will give you a patient ID number. The doctor will upload this number and your records will be updated to reflect that you have been certified for medical marijuana treatment. You must have a working email address for the application process, as you will recieve an email detailing your next steps.

3GET YOUR CARD

After your prescription has been approved by the doctor, you must return to the online medical marijuana portal , to complete your application, register with the PA Department of Health, and submit the $50 application fee. Patients may be able to get a discount through the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP) if they participate in the following goverment programs may be able to get a discounted medical marijuana card: Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.

The state will mail you your card and you can begin purchasing marijuana legally from any Pennsylvania dispensary once you have your card in hand. The state can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to mail your card depending on the number of applications that they are actively receiving at that time.

Your certification for medical cannabis is valid for one year and you will need to renew it annually by having another consultation with the doctor. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 1 year in Pennsylvania and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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About Cannabis in PA

Pennsylvania has provided state-registered patients with a comprehensive medical marijuana program since it was passed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016. This program allows patients with a serious medical condition access to medical cannabis through a safe and effective delivery methods that balances the need for access to the latest treatments and patient care and safety. 

Gov. Wolf is hoping to further reform the state’s marijuana laws by allowing residents to expunge their possession charges and for total decriminalization from possession, but there is no word on when this may happen. He has been known to pardon those prosecuted for cannabis charges through the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses, but he would like to be able to do so on a larger scale.

In 2018 access to cannabis flower began, but it is only available for vaporizable use.  Edibles such as gummies, chocolates, and other snacks are still not available for purchase. Private cultivation of cannabis is still illegal, but SB1024, the Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Bill, has been recently introduced in the Pennsylvania senate.  This bill would allow patients over 21-years-old the ability to grow up to six cannabis plants in an enclosed and locked space at their homes. They would be able to purchase cannabis seeds from licensed dispensaries.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state, though there have been several initiatives to legalize it. A current initiative in February 2022 is being discussed in the state senate to legalize recreational use and many state representatives support it, but it may be awhile before it is actually passed.

Qualifying Conditions

Pennsylvania has up to 23 qualifying conditions that make residents eligible for the state wide program including:

Along with having one or more of the qualifying conditions a patient must be able to prove they are a Pennsylvania resident with a valid driver’s license or state identification card, unless they are a minor. Pennsylvania charges $50 for an annual registration card which is an entirely separate fee from your approval/recommendation from a licensed doctor.

Becoming a Medical Cannabis Patient in PA

You will need to register with the state and receive a patient ID number to get your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card. This is immediately checked and synchronized with the permit number / ID of your PA drivers license. You will also need to sign up and consult with one of our authorized medical marijuana physicians, make sure to include your patient identification number. 

It’s time to go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health website and fill out this form once you get the doctor’s advice. In addition to the physician details and certification data, a $50 fee must be presented. You will receive the Medical Marijuana Card in your mail and you will be able to buy cannabis legally from a dispensary of your choice in PA.

Pennsylvania dispensaries offer cannabis in the form of oil, pills, tinctures, cream, ointments, and liquids. Originally, PA dispensaries were prohibited to sell or purchase the dry form of the flower, but at certain places, they are now providing it. It is still not possible to smoke the flower, it has to be vaporized. 

The Medical Marijuana Program of Pennsylvania is licensed under the Health Department of Pennsylvania. The Department of Health of Pennsylvania implemented and approved the Medical Marijuana Program of the State on April 17, 2016. Dispensaries are now available in PA and provide patients with a debilitating medical condition with access to medical marijuana.

It is important to note that minor patients under the age of 18 have to have a caregiver registered who is responsible for picking up their cannabis-based medication. A caregiver must also apply on behalf of the minor patient in order for the patient to participate in the program.

Becoming a Caregiver in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania caregiver must meet certain requirements including being at least 18 years old and prove they are a state resident with a valid driver’s license or identification card. Additionally, a caregiver must not have a criminal record, which excludes them from assisting any approved patient. According to Pennsylvania law, “you cannot be approved as a caregiver if you have been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances within the last five years.” An approved Pennsylvania caregiver can assist up to five state-registered patients. 

The PA DOH indicates that up to two (2) caregivers may be designated by registry patients who require help in acquiring or using medical cannabis. Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and can only care for up to five (5) patients.

PDH-approved caregivers can buy medical cannabis at an authorized clinic as well as possess, transport and administer medical marijuana to patients after purchase. The PA caregivers application method is as follows:

It can take between four and six weeks after your fingerprint appointment, a portion of the background check, to receive notification about being approved as a caregiver.

Limits of Possession / Use

Pennsylvania prohibits any smokable cannabis, only allowing other specific forms for sale including pills and capsules, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquids, select concentrates, and syringe injectable products in dispensaries. Cannabis flower is only permitted if it comes in vaporable form. Both patients and caregivers are allowed to possess up to a 30-day supply of medical cannabis. Cannabis edibles including gummies and chocolates are also illegal.

On February 4, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Health sent a letter to existing medical marijuana card holders about some new changes that affect the products that are available for purchase in dispensaries.  After conducting a state-wide review of vaporized medical cannabis products, it has ben determined that some of these products contain ingredients that are not approved for inhalation by the FDA.  Products containing these ingredients will no longer be available for purchase and are being recalled. To see if you are using one of the recalled vaporizing products, please reference this PDF.

Growing Limits / Restrictions

Home growing is not yet permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step to getting a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card?

The first step would be to meet with a licensed Pennsylvania physician. Once our doctors are available to start seeing patients, we will let you know immediately. We will also assist you with signing up with the department of health.

We provide the PA physicians for you. The most difficult part of the process has usually been trying to find a practitioner who will approve you that is registered with the PA Medical Marijuana Program. We help make the process easier by allowing you to access PA physicians who will approve you, and also meet with them online via video chat and get pre-approved then and there.

Patients who are approved by a Pennsylvania licensed physician and residents of the commonwealth may obtain medical marijuana from dispensaries in the state. Patients must show a valid medical marijuana card that is issued by the state to obtain medical marijuana.

Yes. Patients are not required to complete a background check. All caregivers are required to complete a background check that must be reviewed before approval. They automatically don’t qualify to be a caregiver if they have a drug or possession charge within the last five years.

Yes. You can register yourself up to two caregivers that can purchase your medication for your or you can have a caregiver apply on your behalf.

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

Yes. Patients under 18 can get medical marijuana through a caregiver who applies on their behalf.

A parent, legal guardian, or caregiver may administer medical marijuana to their child on school premises, but the school cannot directly administer it. The school principal must be provided a copy of the Patient Authorization Letter and must be notified in advance of each instance medical marijuana will be administered to the child. The School must provide a secure and private location where the cannabis can be administered.

Students or children are not permitted to possess any form of cannabis at any time on school property or during any school-related activities.

Yes, it does! PA allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

Once you have received your recommendation, you register with the PA DOH/DMV and it’s linked to your PA drivers license so you’ll instantly get a patient ID number. Our doctor will upload that patient ID and submit it for you to the state.

There are already tons of dispensaries all over Pennsylvania, and many more are to come.

The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is rapidly expanding. If you get your PA cannabis card, you get access to dry cannabis flower, tinctures, oils, oral capsules, concentrates, and topicals.

While edibles (e.g., infused cookies, candy, etc.) are still currently unavailable for purchase in medical dispensaries, in April of 2022 a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania state senate to amend the current law and allow medical cannabis patients access to edibles. This legislation is still pending, but hopefully, medical patients in PA will have access to a full range of products including edibles before long.

Yes, we do! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

Places to Visit in PA After Enjoying Your Medicine

Home of the Liberty Bell, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the northeastern region of the United States, is popular for being one of the 13 original states. Along with the bell and Independence National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park makes up the Keystone State. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, most known for the movie "Rocky" on the outside, is filled with Rembrandt, Cezanne, Picasso, and Renoir's works. Speaking of art, Pennsylvania is also home to Falling water, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's organic sculpture house in the woods. Even visiting the State Capital Complex, 45 acres of history and tourist attractions, makes touring all parts of Pennsylvania an educationally fun, good time. Next time you're planning a trip to any of Pennsylvania's dispensaries, stop at one of the below best places in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia

Are you feeling patriotic? There is no better place to love in old school America other than Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Constitution was authored. Speaking of President Benjamin Franklin, a museum in his name nearby gives visitors even more history of America’s first years. The National Museum of American Jewish History is also adjacent to the historic area, telling stories of the kin who first sought freedom so many years ago.

Strasburg

Driving through Amish country in this little Lancaster County town gives locals and visitors alike a peaceful time on the Pennsylvania plains. Home to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, displaying more than 100 locomotives, Strasburg also hosts the National Toy Train Museum. The latter offers hands-on exhibits and special events throughout the year, making the museum even more exciting. The best part of Strasburg is the near hour drive through the countryside filled with Amish culture and beauty.

Presque Isle State Park

Whether lying on the sands of Presque Isle Beach or touring the archipelago that sketches out Lake Eerie, visiting this Pennsylvania spot is a must for many who come through the state. It’s easy for an afternoon to fly by when hiking, flying a kite, or looking for colorful sea glass in Presque Isle State Park. Not to mention the memories to be made during the several seasonal events and public gatherings at the park.

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