Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Details For Patients

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH

Website: www.health.gov/medicalmarijuana

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“The department may not initially issue permits to more than 50 dispensaries. Each dispensary may provide medical marijuana at no more than three separate locations,” Senate Bill 3 [April 12, 2016] * Please note: Complete program details are pending the establishment, of the state program.

The Pennsylvania Patient Registry application fee, is $50. The Pennsylvania Patient Registry is mandatory — it is still unknown whether the state will accept out-of-state registry ID cards.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Information

In April 2016, Senate Bill 3 was approved and signed into law — effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana “may mitigate” his/her debilitating medical symptoms.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has indicated that implementation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, is expected to take between 18-24 months. Once fully established, the DOH shall administer medical marijuana identification cards to qualified patients.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Qualifying Conditions

As per Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, patients diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection:

Cancer

Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Parkinson’s disease

Multiple sclerosis

Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity

Epilepsy

Inflammatory bowel disease

Neuropathies

Huntington’s disease

Crohn’s disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Intractable seizures

Glaucoma

Sickle cell anemia

Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention or opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective

Autism

Terminally ill, where a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

As per Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, “medical marijuana may only be dispensed to a patient or caregiver in the following forms: (i) pill; (ii) oil; (iii) topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments; (iv) a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form… (v) tincture; or (vi) liquid. Unless otherwise provided in regulations adopted by the department under section 1202, medical marijuana may not be dispensed to a patient or a caregiver in dry leaf or plant form”.

* Please note: Smoking is NOT an approved method of delivery, as per SB 3.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

Qualified medical marijuana patients may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online, in Pennsylvania, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purposes of obtaining a Pennsylvania medical marijuana evaluation, instead of doing so in-person:

see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand, via the telemedicine portal, now

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