Medical Marijuana Q&A
How do I get medical marijuana?
Getting medical marijuana through Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program involves the following basic steps:
- Register for the program through the Medical Marijuana Registry (opens in new window)
- Receive certification from a physician that you suffer from one of the medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.
- Pay for a medical marijuana ID card
- Purchase medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania
What are qualifying medical conditions?
Only patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- 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
What information do I need to have available when I register?
Patients and caregivers must have proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state-issued ID card with their current address.
Patients and caregivers must also have a valid, working email address.
What is patient certification?
A doctor approved by the Department of Health can issue patient certification. This confirms that you have one of the qualifying serious medical conditions and that medical marijuana may benefit you. You need this certification to get your medical marijuana ID card.
Can I register online before I see my doctor?
Yes, you must register and have your patient ID number prior to seeing a doctor.
What happens after I am certified?
After the doctor certifies you in the system, you will receive an email confirmation with your next steps on how to pay for your medical marijuana ID card.
How much is the medical marijuana ID card?
The fee for a patient or caregiver medical marijuana ID card is $50. Individuals who participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card:
How do I pay for my patient ID card?
Using a computer (not a mobile device), visit the login page (opens in new window) and log in as a returning user with the username and password that you created when you registered. Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. Click the ‘Make Payment’ tab and follow the prompts to enter payment information. A confirmation will appear when you have successfully paid for the medical marijuana ID card.
When will I get my patient ID card?
You should receive your card approximately 7 to 10 days after you order it online. The card will be mailed to the address in your Patient Profile.
I have received my card. Where can I purchase medical marijuana?
Once you have received your medical marijuana ID card, you can purchase medical marijuana at any dispensary in Pennsylvania. Some dispensaries require an appointment for your first visit. View contact information and locations for all dispensaries (opens in a new window).
Elkins Park Family Medicine is conveniently located at 7848 Old York Rd in Elkins Park, PA at the corner of Old York Rd. and Spring Ave. There is ample and handicapped accessible parking as well as a Septa bus stop directly in front of the office. The Elkins Park Train Station is two blocks from the office.
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