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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania: Your Step-by-Step Process
Getting a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is the only way to access high-quality, legal cannabis products. And with Elevate Holistics, we can help make that happen in just three easy steps.
Below, we’ve quickly broken down the process of getting your own Pennsylvania medical marijuana card
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Here’s our three-step process on how to get medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Register With the State
In PA, the first step to getting your PA MMJ card is registering with the state. You have to visit the DOH’s website and complete their online registration.
To do this, you’ll need a valid Pennsylvania ID.
After you complete the patient registration, you’ll get a patient ID number. You’ll need to save this number in order to log back in later. You’ll also need to create a username and password.
Meet With an MMJ Doctor (Like Us!)
The next step to getting a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania is to see if you qualify. To do this, you’ll need to book an appointment with a licensed MMJ doctor in the state.
Don’t know any PA MMJ doctors? We do.
Here at Elevate Holistics, we have an incredible team of professional Pennsylvania medical marijuana doctors that work exclusively to help you get certified for MMJ. Our appointments are entirely online, and they don’t tend to last more than 15 minutes.
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If you do qualify for Pennsylvania medical marijuana, your doctor will provide you with the certification you need in order to get your card. You’ll need to have your patient ID number for this.
After your doctor confirms your certification, you’ll get an email directing you to a page where you can purchase your medical marijuana card.
The fee to purchase a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania is $50, although some people may qualify for discounts
Your card will be mailed to you in two to three weeks, and then you’ll be able to visit your local dispensary and purchase marijuana.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, SQ 788, clearly states that “there are no qualifying conditions.” Instead, a physician may follow the same judgment they would use to prescribe any other medication.
However, qualifying conditions commonly treated with medical cannabis may include:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• 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
• Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
• Sickle cell anemia
• Terminal illness
If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for medical marijuana in Arkansas, it may be worth seeing a doctor and getting their recommendation.
There is some flexibility in terms of using marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and nausea.
We are a team who believes in the medical benefits of cannabis; but, we’re also keenly aware that a large percentage of the population doesn’t know where to start on their cannabis journey. This is why we promise to treat every patient with respect, compassion, and love.
We’re all on our own journey and we promise to respect yours.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Medical Card in Pennsylvania?
From start to finish, the process of getting a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania typically takes less than a month.
The process of registering online will take two short sessions, and you’ll need to have an appointment with your certifying physician as well. With Elevate, these appointments only last about 15 minutes or so.
Once your medical marijuana application has been approved, your card will come in the mail in two to three weeks.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Doctors
If you’re looking for trustworthy, educated, and efficient Pennsylvania medical marijuana doctors, Elevate Holistics has you covered.
Our team of PA MMJ doctors has what it takes to get you certified in a matter of minutes. These cannabis physicians understand the ins and outs of PA medical marijuana and can answer any questions you may have about the process.
Plus, once you’ve been certified, our expert team of agents can guide you through the remainder of the process effortlessly, giving you VIP service from start to finish.
With Elevate Holistics, medical marijuana doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, we strive to make getting your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online easier than you could ever imagine.
Can Minors Get Medical Cards in Pennsylvania?
Yes, those under 18 can get medical cards in Pennsylvania. However, they cannot do so on their own: they must have a caregiver.
Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and register with the PA Department of Health. For minors, caregivers tend to be a parent or guardian.
The caregiver of a minor will register with the state on behalf of the minor, be present during the appointment, purchase products, and even administer cannabis if needed.
Unfortunately, Elevate Holistics doesn’t currently offer minor appointments in Pennsylvania.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Right now, marijuana is only legal in Pennsylvania for medical use.
Medical marijuana was made legal in PA in 2016, and the first medical sales happened in 2018. However, recreational marijuana is still very much illegal in the Keystone State. This means that getting a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is the only way to legally enjoy the plant in the state.
- A valid Pennsylvania license or state ID card
- Your physician’s certification form
- Your patient ID number
- $50 for the state fee
People get medical marijuana cards for all different reasons; however, it is primarily due to the holistic health benefits that come from the MMJ plant.
Many people find that medical cannabis helps them feel more relaxed, balanced, and comfortable. This can be due to the plant’s ability to help relieve pain, lower stress levels, regulate emotions, and even just promote better sleep.
In Pennsylvania specifically, recreational cannabis is not legal. So, if you want to enjoy cannabis, you will have to get a medical card.
The fee for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania is $50 for both first-time registrations and renewals. Certain patients may be eligible for fee reductions based on their participation in programs like Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, and more.
Keep in mind that you will also need to pay out of pocket for your doctor’s visit to get approved for your medical marijuana card. Elevate Holistics offers secure virtual visits with licensed medical marijuana doctors in Pennsylvania starting at $130 each.
- Are at least 21 years old
- Are a Pennsylvania resident and have a valid PA license with your current address
- Have not been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the sale or possession of drugs in the last five years
- Complete a criminal history background check
If you have a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, you are allowed to possess up to a 30-day supply of approved cannabis products.
Click here to learn about PA’s medical marijuana laws in depth.
Cultivating marijuana in Pennsylvania is currently illegal. If you are caught cultivating marijuana, the penalties typically include jail time and a fine.
Jail time can range from one to five years in prison, while fines can range anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000. These penalties depend on how much marijuana you are caught growing.
Right now, Pennsylvania currently does not have a reciprocity law in place. This means that people who have a medical card in another state cannot currently purchase marijuana.
However, the government has indicated that it would like to establish a reciprocity program in the future.
Yes, there are multiple dispensaries across the state of PA. For a full map view, you can click here.