How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

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How Do You Get a Medical Card in Pennsylvania?

There are a variety of medical conditions that, in scientific studies, have been shown to benefit from treatment with medical marijuana, either through pain relief or other symptoms decreasing. This therapeutic treatment is considered appropriate for a wide variety of ailments, and in Pennsylvania, you can pursue getting your medical marijuana card simply by working with a physician to certify your condition and begin your process of receiving marijuana as a treatment. 

While 2022 is a time when recreational weed is being considered in Pennsylvania, for those who are suffering without access to this helpful treatment, the time for medical marijuana is now. Let’s explore how you can get access and feel better soon, all through the easy process of a medical marijuana appointment for marijuana certification.

Who Can Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania?

As long as you are at least 18, or under 18 and under the care of a caregiver, you have the opportunity to apply for a medical marijuana card. You must be a resident of Pennsylvania with a Pennsylvania driver’s license or officially issued ID card, but if you don’t have those cards yet, you can go through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to get started. 

What Are the Qualifying Medical Conditions to Get Marijuana Certification?

As it turns out, the understanding of the medical conditions that are helped by a medical marijuana treatment is growing all the time. Pennsylvania has a long list of qualifying conditions on their online guide to the process, but here are a selected set of these conditions.

 

  • Chronic illnesses including Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, and others.
  • Anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Neurodegenerative disease and neuropathies
  • Opioid use disorder under specific conditions when other therapies are inappropriate
  • Cancer and terminal illnesses
  • Epilepsy and intractable seizures
  • Other illnesses and conditions including glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, spastic movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anemia, and others.

 

Understanding the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Application Process

While having these conditions can cause disruption in daily life, the process of obtaining a medical marijuana appointment and paying for your ID card is quite easy, and can get you on track to feeling better fast. Here are the steps to pursue.

Step 1 – Join the Medical Marijuana Registry

The Medical Marijuana Registry tracks all those who are eligible to purchase medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Join the registry and create an account by clicking ‘adult patient registration.’ You’ll be able to upload your medical marijuana doctor certification here after you see one of our doctors.

If you are a caregiver for an individual who is under 18, has a disability, or who otherwise requires in-home support, you can sign up as a caregiver through the registry and input the details necessary for the person in your care to pursue a marijuana card.

 

Step 2 – Receive Doctor Certification of Your Qualifying Condition

Once you’ve signed up for the registry, you’ll reach out to an approved physician and get them to certify your qualifying medical condition. 

While in an ideal world, all physicians would have access to every single study on medical treatment, the reality is that some physicians have a “non weed-friendly” stance. They may not have explored the scientific studies on this topic in-depth. This is a reason to work with a weed-friendly physician like the team at Green Mind Physicians. We bring a wealth of medical marijuana expertise. We understand that medical marijuana use is a great way to help more people receive the treatment they need. 

What’s more is that we’re very familiar with the portals that are used to upload physician certification. Your medical marijuana appointment with us is quick and easy, with a team member who is then happy to help answer questions about the process. We also provide a lifetime of support for marijuana! Schedule a follow up appointment with us anytime.   

 

Step 3 – Pay Your Medical Marijuana ID Fee

Maintaining a medical marijuana ID card costs $50 per year, and that payment is easy to make through the online portal – if you’re unsure when your fee is due, keep an eye on your email, since there will be a directions email that comes 30 days before your annual payment comes due. 

If you are enrolled in Medicaid or participate in PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC, you may be eligible for a lower fee, so make sure to identify yourself in the registry if that is your circumstance in order to save yourself any financial hardship. 

 

Step 4 – Visit an Approved Dispensary in Pennsylvania to Buy Medical Marijuana

The State of Pennsylvania maintains a list of approved dispensaries, so there should be one close to you and your residence. When you go to pick out your product, the structure of your purchase process may vary some. Don’t be afraid to speak with an employee, describe any requirements or preferences you have for your medical marijuana. Try small amounts of different strains and products before selecting which product you wish to use as your therapeutic stand-by. Pennsylvania recently approved a 3-month supply possession limit, which means that if you live farther than average from a dispensary, you don’t have to travel as often!

 

Green Mind Physicians Understands Medical Marijuana Certification

Asking your physician for a medical marijuana certification appointment can seem a little daunting. Many doctors don’t recognize the therapeutic potential of marijuana. Consider an easy, video-call appointment through Green Mind Physicians instead. With far-reaching knowledge of the conditions that warrant marijuana use as well as the different rules in different states, we’re a great resource for you long-term, including if you end up moving to a different state. Our telemedicine consultations are easy and clear, helping our patients to learn what they need to know and get the marijuana they want to feel better. 

We keep your details totally secure through a HIPAA compliant system and we bring years of understanding of medical marijuana to every consultation. Get to know us today and benefit from a lifetime of free follow-up and support!

Green Mind Physicians Understands Medical Marijuana Certification

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