The Pennsylvania MMJ Program
The Pennsylvania MMJ (Medical Marijuana) Program allows Pennsylvania residents to access MMJ through the Medical Marijuana Registry. This means that very sick patients can register for an ID card and use that card to buy cannabis at Pennsylvania dispensaries throughout the state. If you are a patient who needs to register, this page should be helpful. Good luck with your application process!
What Are The Qualifying Medical Conditions For Pennsylvania’s Program?
You must have one of these qualifying conditions to participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Anxiety disorders
- Cancer, including remission therapy
- Crohn’s disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
- HIV / AIDS
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intractable seizures
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
- Sickle cell anemia
- Terminal illness
- Tourette syndrome.
How To Access Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
- First, you must register for the program through the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Registry. This profile asks for basic information such as your legal name, current address, and contact information. In order to register for the medical marijuana program, you must also have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or an ID card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Here is the link to the registration form.
- Next, you need to have a physician certify that you suffer from one of the medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Physicians who recommend medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are required to register with the Department of Health. If your current physician is not registered with the Department of Health, you can find an approved physician here.
- Once you have been certified by an approved physician, the doctor will enter your certification in the system. You will then receive an email confirmation with your next steps on how to pay for your medical marijuana ID card. The cost of a medical marijuana ID card is $50. Patients who participate in assistance programs including Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC may be eligible for fee reductions.
- Finally, you purchase your medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania. See Map Here
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What Are The Approved Forms Of Medication
The approved forms of medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania include:
- Topical forms, including gel, creams, or ointments
- A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, including dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Caregivers
Caregivers will also have to register for the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program and all caregivers must complete a background check before being approved.
Fortunately, you may also designate up to two caregivers to assist you in obtaining medical marijuana. You may designate a spouse, a parent, or even a friend. However, patients under the age of 18 are required to have a caregiver.
You can find all this info and more details at the state’s department of health website.