How to Get a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers medical marijuana cards to eligible patients through the Medical Marijuana Program. Applications can be submitted online. Dispensaries are not currently selling medical marijuana to patients but are expected to begin in 2018.

Who Can Qualify?

To eligible for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania you must be a resident of Pennsylvania and 18 years of age or older, or have a parent/guardian apply as a caregiver. You must also be diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
    with objective neurological indication of
    intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic
    origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
  • Sickle cell anemia

How Much Does it Cost?

There is a $50 application. Patients enrolled in Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP or WIC may be eligible for a reduced application fee.

How Do I Apply?

Follow these steps to apply for a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana card:

  1. Visit the Medical Marijuana Program website and create a patient profile on the Patient and Caregiver Registry
  2. Visit with your physician (they must be registered with the Medical Marijuana Program) and have them issue a Patient Certification
  3. Return to your patient profile and complete the application process. Upload required documents including proof of residency (Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID)
  4. Pay the application fee

Dispensaries in Pennsylvania are not currently selling medical marijuana but are expected to begin in 2018.


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