It just takes a few steps to get your medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania.  First, see if you meet the requirements. Each state has different things so make sure Pennsylvania includes your condition.  They are listed below.

 

Certifying Conditions in the State of Pennsylvania:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Anxiety disorders.

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.

HIV / AIDS.

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 syndrome.

(list copied from the pa.gov site)

 

If you believe you meet the requirements, your next step is registering with the state.  Before you begin, make sure you have a Pa state driver’s license or a Pa identification card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  

 

How to Register: Go to: https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/ and register for your card.  It’s just general information.  You will create a username/password and a patient ID number will be generated for you.  Make sure you write this down because you will need it later. NOTE: Registering for the card DOES NOT mean you will qualify.  It is simply creating an account with the program that you will use IF you meet the requirements.  

 

Scheduling Your Appointment: If your doctor is an approved certifying physician, all you need to do is schedule an appointment with them to discuss whether or not you qualify.  The pa.gov site has a link that takes you to a list of certifying physicians. NOTE: If your doctor is not licensed to participate in the Pa medical marijuana program, they CANNOT certify you.

 

In the case that your doctor cannot certify you, it is super easy to schedule with a certification center.  There are several around the Pittsburgh area. All you have to do is call and they will walk you through everything.  If you need to schedule, check out the Medical Marijuana Specialists. Nurse Shelly and Dr. John Metcalf are incredibly knowledgeable and more importantly, treat you as an individual.  They are also happy to walk you through everything from creating your account to receiving your card. You can contact them by Phone: 833-667-4665 / Email / Facebook / www.GetYourIDCard.com

 

Before Your Appointment:  Plan ahead!  Make sure you have all of your medical records that pertain to your qualifying condition.  You need to bring them to your appointment or have them sent ahead of time. This is so the certifying doctor can determine if your condition would be helped by medical marijuana.  You must have them on the day of your appointment. NOTE: It can take weeks to get medical records. Don’t expect to call your doctor in the morning and have your records that day...or the day after...or the day after… Some offices may be able to provide you faster service but many keep their records off-site.  

 

Be prepared to pay a fee for your certification appointment.  The cost is generally $200 with a yearly (that might be subject to change) recertification of $100.  

 

NOTE: You will need to give the certifying doctor the patient ID number that was given to you when you certified with the state.  Make sure you write it down and bring it to your appointment. This is how the doctor will identify you in the state program and approve your card.

 

After Your Appointment:  Once your doctor has approved your qualifying condition, grab your username and password that you totally wrote down so you wouldn’t forget and head back to the https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/ website and pay for your medical marijuana card.  You will need $50. NOTE: This payment is not included in your appointment cost.  This is a government fee that is unrelated to the certification appointment fee.  

 

If you are not approved to participate in the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program, visit Pittsburgh Norml to find out what you can do to help change legislation.  Facebook / Webpage