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Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

In 2016, Pennsylvania passed a law that allowed patients to get a signed recommendation from their doctors that medical marijuana may mitigate the patient’s debilitating medical symptoms. Qualified patients with their physician’s recommendation my register with the state Department of Health and can receive a Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card. With this card, patients are allowed to purchase medical marijuana from state-licensed marijuana dispensaries. Find out more about what conditions are eligible for a medical marijuana card and how you can obtain one in Pennsylvania.

Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards

In Pennsylvania, patients who are diagnosed with a severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions may be eligible to obtain a medical marijuana card. These conditions are:

  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injuries with muscle spasms
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Intractable seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe or intractable neuropathic pain that cannot or should not be treated with conventional therapeutic intervention
  • Autism
  • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of 1 year or less
  • Ulcerative colitis

Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card

There are a number of requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card. These requirements are:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania with proof of residency
  • Be diagnosed by a physician with a debilitating or life-threatening condition
  • Be able to present legitimate medical records and documentation from the physician regarding the condition
  • Be registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as a qualifying patient

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card, you must receive a signed certification from a physician stating you have a qualifying condition. This certification will be submitted along with your application to the DOH. There is also an application fee that must be submitted with your application, but if you can demonstrate financial hardship, the fee may be waived.

Once a medical marijuana identification card has been issued, you may purchase medical marijuana at any authorized dispensary in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is still in the process of granting permits to dispensaries and it is predicted that dispensaries will be opening early in 2018 to begin selling medical marijuana products.

Pennsylvania is limiting the amount of product that can be dispensed to a patient or their caregiver by dispensaries. You cannot receive more than a 30-day supply of product, and it can only be dispensed when the patient has a 7-day supply left. Similar to a prescription, you can only receive a certain amount on a regular schedule.

There are only certain products that a dispensary will be able to sell. They will not be able to see the dried flower buds or leaves of marijuana plants. Approved products are:

  • Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Topical ointments, creams, or gels
  • Pills
  • Vaporization or nebulization forms that are medically appropriate
  • Liquids

If you need help with your medical marijuana identification application, contact our Pennsylvania medical marijuana attorneys. We are committed to fighting for the rights of medical marijuana patients and we will help you obtain the relief you need. Contact Sacks Weston Diamond LLC today to schedule a free consultation.