Pennsylvania has recently made marijuana legal for medical use, removing all state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have a valid, signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana may mitigate his/her debilitating medical symptoms. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Programme (MMP) will likely come into effect in 2017/2018 and, once established, must register with the state’s Department of Health (DOH) for a Medical Marijuana Card (MMC).
Dr. Frank cannot practice in Pennsylvania. However, out-of-state medical patients visiting California can book an appointment with Dr. Frank and get seen on- or off- line for a medical marijuana card. We recommend doing so as soon as possible if you think medical marijuana will help. You do not need to see your primary care physician in order to get a MMC in Pennsylvania – you can get one via telemedicine without a prior relationship to your primary doctor.
In the meantime, here’s how to get a recommendation in Pennsylvania …
1. What Do You Suffer From?
For the moment, the following conditions can qualify a patient for medical marijuana:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Cord Damage/Injury
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Intractable Seizures
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Severe Pain
- Terminally Ill, with 1 Year or Less to Live
- Ulcerative Colitis
2. Book an Appointment
If you suffer from one of the above and find that other medications are ineffective, you can book an appointment to confirm your condition and obtain your medical records for evidence.
3. Get Your Recommendation
Once your condition has been confirmed, your doctor can provide you with a Physician’s Statement. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to become a medical marijuana patient. You do not need to have a prior relationship with your doctor in order to get a MMC.
4. Fill Out the Forms
Once you have your Physician’s Statement and medical records, you need to provide identification and proof of residency. Passports, official state identity cards and driver’s licenses are all acceptable forms of identity. Utility bills, rent/mortgage agreements and bank statements are all proof of residency. You must be a resident of Pennsylvania in order to qualify for a MMC there. Once you’ve collated all your documents, you need to register with the Pennsylvania MMP in order to get your card.
5. Free to Enjoy Your Medicine
Once you have your MMC and Physician’s Statement, you’re free to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana. Please note that medical marijuana is only dispensed in the following forms: (1) pill; (2) oil; (3) topical forms (gels, creams, ointments); (4) tincture; (5) liquid. Dry leaves and plant matter may not be dispensed to a patient, and hence the dry flowers are still illegal in Pennsylvania.
If you’re still curious and/or anxious about getting a Medical Marijuana Card or Physician’s Statement from Pennsylvania, feel free to book an appointment with Dr. Frank and/or send us an email about your enquiry. We will do whatever we can to help you.