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Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.
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Here's how you can get a physician's cannabis certificate and medical marijuana card with Pennsylvania:
18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.
The application fee, payable to the state, is $50. Reduced fees of $25 for those participating in Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP or WIC. The fee for a physician's consultation and medical cannabis certificate is $199 for an initial appointment, subject to change. Renewals cost $149. This is separate from the cost of the application fee.
You will need medical records, proof of address and proof of identification.
State-issued driver’s licence
State-issued ID card
If you do not have a Pennsylvania I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other state-issued photo I.D is acceptable.
Proof of Residency
Recent bank statement - 1-2 months old
Recent utility bill (please note that cell phone bills are not accepted)
Letter from a state department, e.g. from the Pennsylvania DMV
List of diagnoses
Medication list, or pictures of prescription bottles
The following conditions may qualify a patient for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania:
Anxiety Disorders (Effective July 20, 2019)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorders
Intractable Spasticity (caused by damage to the spinal cord)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Colitis and Crohn’s)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Severe Chronic/Intractable Pain
Sickle Cell Anemia
Tourette’s Syndrome (Effective July 20, 2019)
Pennsylvania medical cannabis possession limit: 30 day supply, to be determined upon consultation -- As initially enacted, only cannabis-infused pills, oils, topical ointments, tinctures or liquids were allowed. On April 16, 2018, the state Health Secretary approved an advisory board recommendation to permit dispensaries to also begin providing herbal cannabis. Under the rule change, patients are permitted to vaporize herbal cannabis, but are still prohibited under the law from smoking. N/A recreational.
Dispensaries are allowed to sell up to a 30-day supply to a patient, with records kept for each amount obtained. Patients may re-up on their 30-day supplies during the last 7 days of their previous 30-day allotment.
Patients cannot cultivate cannabis plants in Pennsylvania.
Should a patient be a minor (aged under 18) or is otherwise unable to access medical cannabis, they will need a Caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over, have PA-issued or state-issued ID card, be a PA resident and not have any criminal offenses relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics or a controlled substance in the past 5 years. A patient may have up to two (2) caregivers.
Caregivers must register with the Department of Health and follow the instructions to complete a criminal history background check with the commonwealth's authorized vendor.
Any patient may designate a caregiver if they so choose. All minors are required to have a caregiver. There are three categories of patients who do not get an ID card, and thus need not enter a dispensary. Instead, a caregiver registers on their behalf and visits the dispensary for them. These categories include:
Adult patients who are home-bound; or
Adult patients who benefit from assistance (i.e. nonverbal, do not make their own medical decisions, etc.).
Additionally, any adult patient who is registered and gets a medical marijuana ID card is also able to designate a caregiver by sharing their patient ID number with the caregiver before the caregiver registers.
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over in the state of Pennsylvania. The application fee is $50, payable to the state. However, those who are younger than the age of 21 and wish to be considered a Caregiver may make an application and email the PA Department of Health at [email protected]
Pennsylvania does not recognise out-of-state patients' medical marijuana cards. You must be a Pennsylvania resident in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
It usually takes about 5 days for the card to be mailed to you. You can expect to wait up to 30 days, depending upon demand. Your physician's certificate (or "Safe Harbor" certificate) will be sent to your email upon approval, which can be almost immediately after your consultation!
Yes, it is a requirement for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana patient to register with the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program and Department of Health. Your cannabis usage will be tracked.
2016 - Senate Bill 3 (SB 3) is approved and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. State-level penalties for the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis by those with a valid medical marijuana recommendation and card are removed. Patients must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Physicians must complete the Practitioner Registry in order to participate in the medical marijuana program.
A 30-day supply of cannabis oils, tinctures, topical ointments, pills or liquids are allowed.
Home cultivation is prohibited.
Up to 25 growers/producers and 50 dispensaries are allowed to be operational at any one time.
No state-licensed dispensaries are operating as of yet.
A caregiver program is in operation. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Medical marijuana applicants must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for themselves.
"If a parent or guardian of a minor under 18 years of age lawfully obtains medical marijuana from another state, territory of the United States or any other country to be administered to the minor."
There is likely to be some reciprocity when medical marijuana dispensaries are operational and patients are registered. This is not complete as of yet, and Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana laws haven’t taken effect as of yet.
For those without a medical marijuana card, possession of 30 g or less (8 g or less of hash) is a misdemeanor that carries a potential incarceration period of 30 days and a max fine of up to $500. Possession of more than 30 g is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
First possession conviction is eligible for conditional release. Subsequent convictions can lead to a double penalty.
Gifting 30 g or marijuana for no remuneration is treated as possession of 30 g or less.
Cultivation of any number of plants is a felony, with between 1 and 5 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
Penalties and fines for possession, sale or distribution of hash are the same as for marijuana.
Sale or possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $2,500 fine.
Driving privileges may be suspended for the sale, distribution or possession of any controlled substance.
Courts are advised to push for maximum fines.