How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Pennsylvania

Obtaining A Medical Cannabis Card in Pennsylvania

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Register for the program through the Medical Marijuana Registry

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Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s certification, and pay for the state fees.  If your current physician is not registered with the Department of Health, you can find an approved physician here, or connect with our partners at Compassionate Clinics of America.

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When completing your application, you may also designate up to two caregivers to assist you in obtaining medical cannabis. You may designate a spouse, parent, or friend. Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a caregiver. Click here for information on becoming a caregiver.

Qualifying Medical Conditions in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, currently approved forms of medical marijuana include:

  • Ingestion: Pill, tablet, oil, tincture, syrup
  • Absorption/Topical: gel, creams, or ointments
  • A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, including dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization.

Only patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Autism.
  • 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.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • HIV / AIDS.
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Neuropathies.
  • 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.

Final Steps

Now that you are on your way toward obtaining a medical cannabis card, here are some things to help you prepare.

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Get Your Photo

Patients can visit any CVS or Walgreens for a passport photo. Additionally, you can submit a selfie, but the photo must show your face forward and visibly against a white background.

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Check Our Directory

Need help finding a local dispensary, or a doctor to certify you? Check out our directory for local listings, or contact us via email and we’ll connect you with one of our local partners.

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Connect with Us

You can find a list of FAQs and commonly asked questions here. Do not forget to join the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Community, and our main Medical Cannabis Community!

How to Renew

1. Submit Online

  • Log in to your patient account as a returning user.
  • In the blue ribbon at the top of the page, click “profile settings.”
  • Review and update personal information. [Note: All information should match your Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID. If you have a change of address card, use that address.]
  • Save your changes and click “Renew my registration.”

2. Check Your Email
After renewing online, you’ll get a verification email with next steps.

3. Visit a Doctor
Get a patient certification from any registered practitioner. You do not need to see the same doctor who issued your initial patient certification.

4. Check Your Mailbox
Once you’re certified by a doctor, a new card will be printed and mailed to you at the address you listed in the patient portal. The new card will have an issue date for the day after your original card expires. 

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