About Cannabis in PA
Pennsylvania has provided state-registered patients with a comprehensive medical cannabis program since it was passed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016. Fast forward four years and the state leader is pushing to legalize recreational use, even using Twitter to get his message across in August 2020.
Twitter is not the first time Gov. Wolf has shared his opinion on recreational cannabis, collaborating in 2019 with other East Coast Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ted Lamont at a Pot Summitt, which proposed legalizing recreational use collectively in the East Coast states. Meanwhile, according to a local Pittsburgh CBS station, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman feels the same way. “It has been nearly a year since Governor Wolf and I urged the legislature to act on immediate decriminalization and start the discussion about legalization,” Lt. Gov. Fetterman said in September 2020. “Now more than ever, we must stop prosecuting people for doing something that most Pennsylvanians don’t even think should be illegal.” Until Pennsylvania permits cannabis for recreational use, the state continues to offer approved citizens who suffer from almost two dozen debilitating conditions very needed relief.
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. 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. If you don’t have the amount before, that’s ok, then and there the doctor can do it with you as the verification is synchronized with your PA identification. The price of evaluating, consulting, recommending and approving medicine is $199. If you are refused for whatever reason, however, we have a very high success, you will receive a refund in FULL. You will be able to demonstrate your medical records during this consultation, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, speak to the doctor where he/she will answer all your questions about marijuana therapy.
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. If you need more data about the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program or are simply interested in it, for more data.
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.
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:
- Register for the program through the Registry of Patients and Caregivers.
- Provide a Pennsylvania driver’s permit or an identification card issued by Pennsylvania with a present address to demonstrate Pennsylvania residency.
- Complete a background check for criminal history.
- Complete registration by paying $50 for an identification card for medical marijuana.
Limits of Possession / Use
Pennsylvania prohibits any smokable cannabis, only allowing other specific forms including pills and capsules, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures and liquid. The only way flowers are permitted is if it comes in vaporable form. Both patients and caregivers are allowed to possess up to a 30-day supply of medical cannabis.
Growing Limits / Restrictions
Home growing is not yet permitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The state defines a qualifying condition as any one of the following:
Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, Anxiety, Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), Huntington’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intractable Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathies, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective, Sickle Cell Anemia
The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.
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! You can find more information through the state. For more information visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/M-P/Documents/Medical%20Marijuana%20FAQs.pdf
Fill out the form at the top of this page and we can get you approved in no time!
No, you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. And for that, we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.
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.
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is rapidly expanding. If you get your PA cannabis card, you get access to:
Dry Flower, Tinctures, Oils, Concentrates, Topicals, Edibles
Yes, we do! Check our homepage for a list of active states.