Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania is a process that involves two doctor’s appointments, and filling out some online state-mandated paperwork. To become a Pennsylvania medical marijuana patient, you can first talk with one of our doctors to see if you qualify and we will help you through the application process.
To become a Pennsylvania medical marijuana patient, you must first be diagnosed with a severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical condition, and be a Pennsylvania resident. The qualifying conditions include:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with the objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis)
- Huntington’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Intractable seizures
- Sickle cell anemia
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention or opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Terminally ill, where a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Terminal Illness
- Dyskinetic & Spastic Movement Disorders
- Opioid-Use Disorder
Proof of Residency:
You’ll need to provide an ID number from your Pennsylvania State Driver’s License or Pennsylvania State Non-Driver ID Card. Your mailing address should be the same address on your license – in case that it isn’t, you can reach out to the state to change your address on file.
The Appointment Process
Pennsylvania requires two appointments with a doctor in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card recommendation.
Appointment One: A General Consultation
This appointment is a general consultation. The purpose is for the doctor to understand your health. After this appointment is completed, you have the opportunity to begin your state registration here.
Appointment Two: The Medical Cannabis Recommendation
The second appointment will further discuss medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. The doctor will explain the specifics of using medical marijuana as a treatment option. After this appointment, you will receive a formal medical marijuana recommendation (assuming you qualify).
Once the doctor approves you for medical cannabis, we will send a confirmation when the doctor has completed their end of your state registration. Once confirmed – you will then be able to complete your registration in the state portal by submitting your electronic application here.
The state charges an application fee of $50. Patients that can provide evidence that they participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card: Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.
After being approved, your medical marijuana card will be mailed to your state address in 5-7 business days.