APPLICATIONS ARE COMING SOON!
You can’t apply for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania yet, but there are a few things you can do now to be ready when the applications are available. We don’t know when they will be available, but it should be soon.
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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE OF THE APPROVED MEDICAL CONDITIONS
You must have one of the 17 serious medical conditions to get a marijuana card in Pennsylvania, at least for now. More conditions could be added later if they are approved by the Marijuana Advisory Board.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Damage to Nervous Tissue of Spinal Cord
Severe chronic or intractable pain
Sickle Cell Anemia
DISCUSS MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITH YOUR DOCTOR
To get a medical marijuana card, your doctor will need to give you a recommendation. So why not start the conversation about marijuana now?
While you’re at it, make sure your doctor is registered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to make recommendations. Requirements to get registered are spelled out on the Department of Health website
Sometime soon, the Department of Health will publish a list of registered doctors and you can find a different doctor who is registered if you need to.
BE PREPARED TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION WHEN IT’S AVAILABLE
We know some of what you’ll need to provide already:
1. Your name, address and date of birth and probably some proof of residence in Pennsylvania
2. The physician’s certification form, stating that you that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions
3. A passport-style photo of yourself
4. $50 application fee (which may be waived or reduced if you demonstrate financial hardship)
DECIDE IF YOU WANT TO DESIGNATE A CAREGIVER (or TWO)
You are allowed to have up to two caregivers who can pick up medical marijuana for you at your dispensary. And each caregiver can represent up to five patients.
Each caregiver needs to fill out an application (when they are available) and pay the $50 fee.
In addition, caregivers are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a background check. They can’t have a drug-related conviction within the last five years.