Medical Marijuana

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About Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
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Many people across the US who are living with serious medical conditions, such as epilepsy and HIV/AIDS, could benefit from becoming medical marijuana patients, also known as MMJ patients or medical cannabis patients. In Pennsylvania, this could become a reality for many people as the Department of Health (or DOH) has a ‘Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program’ which was signed into Pennsylvania law in 2016. But what does this mean for people suffering from serious medical conditions in Pennsylvania?

Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, these people can be assessed by approved physicians to see if they have any qualifying conditions for MMJ use. If the approved physician certifies your qualifying conditions, then you’ll be able to register for a medical marijuana ID card, bringing you one step closer to the often life-changing treatment that is medical cannabis. We’ll go through the process thoroughly today, ensuring that you gain a full understanding of how to obtain a medical marijuana ID card in Pennsylvania.

How to get a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card

1. Register online for the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program.

By visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website, which you can recognize from the official Pennsylvania and government ‘’ part of the URL, you can access more information about medical marijuana as well as the link to register online for the patient and caregiver registry for medical marijuana. It is essential that you register online before you visit a certified physician, and caregivers (people acting on behalf of minors who are under eighteen years of age or patients who are physically or mentally unable to pick up their own MMJ) must register and may need to create a patient profile for the patient if they are under eighteen or unable to do so themselves.

When caregivers register, they must undergo a background check to check their criminal history. This information will then be reviewed and you will be unable to continue as a caregiver if you have a recent (less than five years ago) history of drug-related crimes, specifically the sale or possession of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances.

Patients will need to have their Pennsylvania driver’s license close by when registering, or a similar state-issued ID card, or a change of address card if necessary. You need both proof of address (the documents just mentioned) and a valid email address (which you can send and receive emails from) to register online.

2. Attend an evaluation with an approved physician.

Once you have registered online and are on the patient and caregiver registry, you can continue with making an appointment with a certified physician. Your appointment should involve physical exams, checking of vitals, and going over your medical history as well as your current serious medical condition(s). If your physician is satisfied that you have a qualifying condition, they will give you a patient certification that allows you to obtain your medical marijuana ID card.

Without one, you cannot continue with the process, although you are welcome to visit other approved physicians for second opinions. They must be registered with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program to give you a patient certification.

3. Receive your patient certification and complete registration.

With your patient certification to hand, you can continue with your registration for a medical marijuana ID card. You can then pay the $50 fee and arrange to have your ID card delivered to your house. You should not attempt to buy medical cannabis from a dispensary at this point, as you need your medical marijuana ID card to do this.

4. Receive your card and purchase medical marijuana.

Your medical marijuana card should arrive in the mail. Once it does, you can use it to buy medical marijuana at licensed dispensaries across Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

Call at (267) 630-1714 for any questions and to schedule your evaluation

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • 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
  • 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’s Syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis


What People Are Saying​

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They made this a very easy stress free process.
The doctor actually takes time to listen to all questions and concerns and explains everything you need to know.
Also he works fast to make sure you have your card quickly.
So glad I choose sanctuary wellness.
Serina Sanchez
This is my second year being a patient and I can honestly say it's been a very easy and professional experience. I was worried about getting judged, but they were the best! The staff, from the schedulers to the physician are always professional and helpful. They worked around my schedule and the appointment was timely! The process was easy and thorough.
Victoria Atlee
My first time ever applying for a card and let me tell you how simple and easy the front desk clerk walked me through everything ..!!!!! Amazing. !!! Scheduled appointment within two hours vert fast . Also doctor was amazing . I will go here next year to renew if I have to thank you so much for my first experience.!!!!
William Torres

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