Medical Marijuana Card York, PA
Dr. Paul Varahrami is a certified professional with the ability to provide medical marijuana card evaluations in York, PA. To be issued a card to use medical marijuana, you must present one of the many qualifying conditions that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has established. Dr. Varahrami will be able issue you a card for use at any of the numerus medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania.
About Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
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 Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania
There are three simple steps to acquire a medical marijuana ID card in Pennsylvania; they begin with the online registering process. It’s importatnt that you complete these steps in order – you must have your patient ID number before you attend your appointment with an approved physician, for example. Not completing the steps in order can cause delays in receiving your MMJ access.
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 ‘.pa.gov’ 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.
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program
The Pennsylvania Department Of Health set up the medical marijuana program to benefit citizens who require medical marijuana use to treat symptoms of serious medical conditions. When other treatments aren’t effective or cause debilitating side effects, medical marijuana could be the ideal treatment for some patients, as well as those simply seeking a symptom managing treatment for a terminal illness. Some patients may be able to receive reduced rates for the $50 ID card fee if they are on Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC. Doctor must verify the patient’s medical condition in order to acquire certification.
Can I Have a Medical Marijuana Card Appointment Online?
Telemedicine appointments for MMJ certifications and re-certifications has been approved by the State of PA. You are able to get approved physician to complete your qualifying condition assessment. You will need a internet connection to complete your registration with the State.
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
- Anxiety Disorder
- 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
- 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
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
Dr. Paul Varahrami
605 S. George St. Suite 200, York Pa 17401
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