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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania during COVID-19

Medical cannabis patients in Pennsylvania enjoyed access to medical marijuana when the law legalizing its use as a medical alternative was signed in 2016, and the patient application program launched in 2017. By possessing a medical marijuana card, patients can purchase medical marijuana at any state-approved dispensary without fear of being penalized.

However, similar to regulations in other states, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program prohibits doctors from prescribing medical cannabis to their patients. Instead, doctors may only issue a recommendation, stating the patient’s qualification in using medical marijuana. Moreover, the state requires physicians to register with Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program in order to be authorized to recommend medical marijuana.

Even with the legalization of medical marijuana use, there are still limitations to the form of medical marijuana that may be dispensed to patients. Specifically, patients or caregivers may only obtain cannabis in the following forms: liquid, oil, pill, topical cream, gel or ointments, or other forms that may be administered through nebulization. Also, medical cannabis facilities are only allowed to dispense a 30-day supply of cannabis to a certified patient. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, modifications had to be made with the existing rules and regulations governing the state’s medical marijuana program. One such change is the authorization of practitioners to allow and notate the release of a 90-day supply of medical marijuana to all cardholders.

If you are a patient with a serious health condition that needs the administration of medical marijuana as a treatment method, book an appointment with us and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Online medical consultation with our registered physicians
  • Hassle-free certification
  • Complete assistance in processing your application for a medical marijuana card
  • Access to best value medical cannabis products through approved dispensaries

Contact us and one of our highly-competent medical representatives will guide you through this easy 5-step application process:

Step 1. Register Online

Before processing your application, it is important to know that you may only apply for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You are a legal resident of the state of Pennsylvania
  • You have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions legislated by the state

 

Now, the first step to applying for a medical marijuana card is creating a patient profile online. You can do this by logging on to the Department of Health’s Patient and Caregiver Registry at https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/ 

You will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, date of birth, current address, and telephone number.

You will also need your driver’s license ID number to prove the legality of your residency.

During the online registration, you will be required to submit a physician recommendation form to complete your application. Hence, you need to schedule an appointment with a licensed physician in Pennsylvania before you can proceed.

If you need assistance getting in touch with a licensed doctor registered with Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, do not hesitate to contact us. To make sure you are spared from unnecessary exposure at a time when COVID-19 and makes you susceptible, we will gladly book you an appointment with one of our medical professionals who can assist you with your application. We have telemedicine services that will allow you to consult a doctor without having to leave your house. Our friendly staff will even walk you through the process and stay with you until you have nothing left to do but wait for your card.

Step 2. Obtain a Physician Recommendation

After creating a profile online, it is time to schedule an appointment with a licensed physician and secure a recommendation for medical marijuana treatment.

Do not forget to prepare and bring with you your medical records supporting that you are diagnosed with one of these debilitating conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Autism
  • Cancer, including remission
  • 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 intractable pain
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

The registered physician will take a look at your medical history and evaluate whether a recommendation may be issued for your condition.

Again, enjoy a more convenient way of completing your medical consultation by trying our telemedicine or telehealth services. We provide assistance to patients who are not available for an in-person visit and would rather discuss with their doctors while staying in the comfort of their own homes. Telemedicine offers this convenience especially during a time where risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic threaten your health security. In fact, medical cannabis patients are highly encouraged to go for remote consultations instead, making telemedicine a very viable option.

At our center, our passionate medical professionals will make sure to carefully evaluate your medical diagnosis, discuss your condition, and provide you options and explanations as to what form of medical marijuana treatment program is best for your health.

After the consultation, the recommending physician will submit your recommendation online. This is why it is important to choose a physician who is registered with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

Once the registered physician submits your recommendation, your patient registration record will be automatically updated.

 

Step 3. Pay the Application Fee

After getting a recommendation, you must return to the Patient Registry, access your profile, and complete the registration process. You must then pay for your medical marijuana card application. The standard processing fee is $50.

4. Get Your Card

Once you get approved, your medical marijuana card will be sent in the mail.

The card is valid for one year. Upon expiration of your card, renewal will require another consultation with a registered physician. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Pennsylvania has decided to waive in-person medical consultations for those renewing their certification. This means that patients can now choose to complete renewal consultations through telemedicine.

5. Visit a Local Dispensary

Congratulations! You can now visit a local dispensary and make your purchase. A trained staff will assist you with the form and dosage of medical marijuana as stated in your recommendation.

In response to the threats of COVID-19, registered facilities have been directed to dispense medical marijuana to patients through their vehicles, given these are parked at a safe distance from the medical cannabis facility.

 

If you are still not sure how to go about this application process, book an appointment with us now and we will take care of everything for you. Your health is the least you want to worry about so we want to make sure you have access to the medical marijuana treatment that you need.