How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

Learn how to obtain a medical card in the State of Pennsylvania. You can also apply for your card online. It takes 30 seconds and you only get charged once your evaluation is approved.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Marijuana in
Pennsylvania

How do I contact the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania?

The best way to contact the program is via email at RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov

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Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program?

Any Pennsylvania resident who has a serious or underlying medical condition approved by the state and is certified by a licensed physician is eligible for the program.

What are the qualifying medical conditions in Pennsylvania?

The following list of medical conditions qualify for the Pennsylvania MMJ program:

  • Anxiety disorders;
  • Autism;
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • Cancer (even in remission)
  • Nervous tissue damage in the central nervous system with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity and other associated neuropathies;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders;
  • Huntington’s disease;
  • HIV / AIDS;
  • Inflammatory bowel disease;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Intractable seizures;
  • Neurodegenerative diseases;
  • Opioid use disorder for which conventional treatments are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain;
  • Sickle cell anemia;
  • Tourette syndrome;
  • Terminal illness.

What do I need to do to become an MMJ patient in Pennsylvania?

Only a few steps are necessary to become a patient:

  • Sign up on the state website;
  • Receive an MMJ certification from a state-licensed doctor;
  • Pay the associated MMJ ID fees;
  • Finally, use your medical marijuana ID card at a nearby Pennsylvania dispensary.

What details do I have before enrolling in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program?

To become a patient, you will need proof of residency in Pennsylvania. This can be a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a state ID card with an up-to-date address in the state. A valid email address is also required for both patients and caregivers.

Is it possible to register with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program before my doctor’s appointment?

It is both possible and recommended that you register before visiting your physician. MMJ certifications require the patient ID provided after your registration.

I have been certified by my Pennsylvania doctor; now, what is the next step?

Once your certification is entered into the state system, you will receive a confirmation email with the necessary instructions on paying the fees associated with your MMJ ID.

What are the steps required for the Pennsylvania ID payment?

  • First, log into your account on the Pennsylvania MMJ website (the same account when you first registered).
  • Navigate to the ‘Make Payment’ section.
  • Prompts will appear asking for your payment information.
  • Once your payment has gone through, you will receive an email confirmation and receipt.

In Pennsylvania, how much does a medical marijuana ID card cost?

A Pennsylvania medical marijuana ID card costs $50 for both patients and caregivers. However, the price may be discounted for qualifying residents enrolled in these government programs: PACE/ PACENET, Medicaid, SNAP, CHIP, and WIC.

How long do I need to wait for my Pennsylvania MMJ ID card?

From the payment date, expect to wait an entire week for your ID card to be printed and another week for it to come in the mail.

After receiving my ID in the mail, how can I purchase medicinal cannabis in Pennsylvania?

After you have received your MMJ ID via mail, you can legally visit any dispensary in Pennsylvania to purchase your medicinal cannabis. Be mindful that some dispensaries ask you to make an appointment if it is your first visit.

How can I obtain a patient certification in Pennsylvania?

Your MMJ certification can be issued by any qualified physician who has been certified.
Is there a list of physicians in Pennsylvania who will certify me for medical marijuana?
The list of licensed MMJ physicians can be found here.

Can I become a medical marijuana patient in Pennsylvania if I have previously been convicted of a crime?

Potential Pennsylvania patients do not need to complete background checks while they are registering. However, this is not the case for those applying to be caregivers, in which criminal records will be considered during the approval process.

Can I get medical marijuana in Pennsylvania if I am a minor with a serious medical condition? Yes. Pennsylvania minors can become medical patients if they have a qualifying medical condition. However, they can only obtain their marijuana through a licensed caregiver.

Am I still able to register for the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania if I can not leave my home?

Yes, and you can have caregivers help you obtain your medical marijuana as well. Pennsylvania law stipulates that you can designate no more than two caregivers to apply and register with the state program on your behalf.

Who is eligible to become a caregiver in Pennsylvania?

Unless otherwise specified by the PA Health Department, any Pennsylvania resident aged 21 or older can become a state caregiver. Caregivers must be registered with the PA Health Department and pass a background check regarding their criminal history.

Which patients are allowed to have a caregiver?

Every qualifying patient in Pennsylvania can appoint up to two caregivers. Minors can become MMJ patients, but they must have a designated caregiver. Also, three groups do not need to obtain an ID card but instead, have a caregiver register with the state and visit the dispensary on their behalf. These are:

  • Patients under 18;
  • Patients unable to leave their homes;
  • Patients who require regular medical assistance.

What information is required to become a caregiver for a specific patient in Pennsylvania?

To become a caregiver for a specific patient, you must have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or PA state ID card. If your patient has previously registered with the PA Health Department, you must provide the patient’s name, date of birth, and patient ID number.

Can I become a caregiver in Pennsylvania for someone other than my relatives?

Caregivers can be designated for all patients, not just their family members. If you have been designated for a patient under 18, but you are not the patient’s parent, legal guardian, or spouse, you must be listed as their third-party caregiver by the patient’s legal guardian or spouse.

Can Pennsylvania residents with criminal backgrounds become caregivers?

Every Pennsylvania resident must first get a valid background check before becoming a caregiver. If a criminal history appears, it shall be thoroughly reviewed before approval. Those applicants who have been convicted of criminal charges regarding the sale or possession of scheduled substances within the past five years will not be approved.

In Pennsylvania, how many patients will a caregiver have?

Caregivers may be designated for no more than five patients.

How can I register on behalf of a minor in Pennsylvania?

Any Pennsylvania patient under the age of 18 must be registered by a caregiver. On the state registry website, the minor’s parent, legal guardian, or partner will easily become their caregiver. If you are not a patient’s family member, you must first complete a form known as the ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver.’ This form can be found on the state website in your caregiver’s profile. After completing the form, upload it back onto your profile.

My designated patient is disabled. Is the registration process different for them?

The registration process is no different for patients with disabilities. If they are minors, they, too, must have their caregiver apply for the program for them. However, if they are legal adults, they may register themselves, but they may still have a caregiver register for them if they so choose.

What qualifies someone as a caregiver?

  • A “caregiver” in Pennsylvania is described as any state resident aged 21 or older (unless otherwise permitted by the PA health department) who: Is designated to a medical marijuana patient;
  • A minor patient’s parent, legal guardian, or spouse;
  • Designated by a parent, legal guardian, or spouse to be a patient’s caregiver;
  • Is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

All Pennsylvania caregivers must complete a criminal history background check. Instructions on how to properly do so will be provided during the registration process. All criminal histories will be evaluated before approval is issued. Those applicants who have been convicted of criminal charges regarding controlled substances within the last five years, whether it be for possession or the sale of, will not be approved.

Four options are given during the caregiver registration in Pennsylvania. Which one should I choose?

Caregivers must choose one of the following, given their individual circumstances:

  • Adult patient-caregiver – Those being designated for adult patients who have already been enrolled in the MMJ program. The patient’s name, date of birth, and patient ID number are necessary upon the caregiver’s registration.
  • Caregiver for existing patients – Those caregivers being designated for patients already enrolled in the program but will not go to dispensaries. The patient will not need to register themselves, nor will they receive their own MMJ ID card. The designated caregiver must enter the patient’s name, date of birth, and patient ID number upon their registration.
  • Caregiver registering for new patients – Those designated caregivers registering on behalf of patients not yet enrolled in the state program. Again, these patients will not need to register independently, nor will they receive their own MMJ ID card. The patient’s name, date of birth, address, and telephone number is necessary upon the caregiver’s registration.
  • Caregiver registration approved by the Department of Health – The registration for those caregivers who authorize the Department of Health to share their contact information with local patients in their area in need of a designated caregiver. However, if you have a specific patient in mind you would want to be designated with, the other three options are more applicable.

What do I need to do beforehand to become a Pennsylvania caregiver?

  • First, register on the PA health department website.
  • Complete your valid criminal history check.
  • Finally, pay the fees associated with the MMJ ID card following your approval

How do I appoint myself as a caregiver for a patient who is already in the Pennsylvania system?

Prior to your registration, you should have the patient ID along with their date of birth ready. You will submit this information during your registration. If, however, you are already registered with the state program but have yet to be designated with a certain patient, the patient will need to manually add you to their account via the “Manage Caregivers” section in their patient profile. If you have not done this, you cannot legally purchase or dispense medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania.

How long does it take to be approved as a caregiver?

After your fingerprints have been taken, it can take up to 4-6 weeks to be approved as a Pennsylvania caregiver.