Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana

Updated on April 26, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Phone: (888) 733-5595
Website: Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. If the patient is under the age of eighteen (18) an Approved Caregiver must be registered on behalf of the patient.
  2. Patients must be residents of Pennsylvania and provide proof by providing a copy of a Pennsylvania Driver’s License or State Issued identification Card with current address.
  3. Patients must then create a Patient Profile on the Patients & Caregivers Registry.
  4. After creating a Patient Profile, the patient must then be evaluated by a certified physician and obtain a certification. Certification must show the patient is suffering from one of the above qualifying conditions.
  5. After obtaining a Physician’s Certification, the patient must then pay for the Medical Marijuana ID Card. The Fee is $50.00 and Non-Refundable. Patients may qualify for a discount on the Fee if they provide evidence they are participating in  Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP or WIC.
  6. If the application is approved, the Medical Marijuana Identification Card will be mailed to the address listed on the Application.

Recent Legislation Changes

Pennsylvania’s full rollout of its medical cannabis program should begin in 2017, about eight months after it was approved by the state lawmakers and signed by the governor. About 50 licenses are supposed to have been issued to medical marijuana dispensaries so qualified patients can start purchasing their recommended dosages locally. Physicians can take the first steps to participating in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program by completing the Practitioner Registry. Governor Wolf announced in November 2017 that the state is committed to having medical marijuana available to patients in 2018.

In November 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved five practitioners from Delaware County to begin prescribing medical marijuana to patients after dispensaries go live. In total, 100 physicians across the state and 18 physicians across Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties will be able to recommend medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions.

As of May 17, 2018, Governor Wolf added the following conditions as part of a temporary regulation for universities to research the effectiveness of medical marijuana:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Terminal Illness
  • Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorders
  • Opioid-Use Disorder

Under Pennsylvania law, a condition must be approved in order for research to be conducted.

“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 and patients who participate in assistance programs including Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC may be eligible for fee reductions.

* The Pennsylvania Patient Registry is mandatory.

On April 12, 2016, Senate Bill 3 was approved by the Senate 42-7, and by the House 149-46 on April 13, 2016; and was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) on April 17, 2016. Senate Bill 3 effectively removes 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 has been instructed on how to establish and implement the state’s Medical Marijuana Program — implementation is expected to take between 18-24 months.

Qualified patients with physician’s recommendations, must register with the state DOH — once registered, the patient will receive a Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card. Patients issued with registry I.D. cards may purchase medical marijuana from an authorized state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

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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.

The State of Pennsylvania has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Pennsylvania state guidelines.

Since the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Pennsylvania medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Pennsylvania medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Pennsylvania’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Pennsylvania.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Pennsylvania’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Qualification

Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Pennsylvania in our definitive guide to Pennsylvania’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more. Our detailed guide has all the important information that will help you to know how to get a proper diagnosis and certification from a licensed doctor. You will also get details on regulations for caregivers who want to purchase medicine for their children.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Laws

View our detailed compilation of Pennsylvania’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws. This carefully arranged resource will help you understand the laws that control sale, prescription, possession, cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. This will enable you to comply with established rules and avoid being penalized for wrong use or possession of your medication.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

Discover all the vital facts about applying for and receiving the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card that shows you’re qualified to buy, possess and use approved quantities of medical marijuana. Follow our guide that leads you from one stage of the process to another. This card will protect you from harassment, arrest or prosecution by law enforcement officers.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Facts

Our list of Medical Marijuana Facts will help you separate the facts from the myths in PA’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.

Connect to Licensed Marijuana Doctors in Pennsylvania

You need to obtain a diagnosis and written statement about your medical condition from a physician licensed in Pennsylvania in order to use medical marijuana. That’s why we’ve created a system to help you search for a doctor that has an office near your residence:

  • Use Our Quick Doctors Search Tool — Finding marijuana doctors based in Pennsylvania is easy with our efficient search tool. Type in your zip or postal code and a list of our network doctors who are in your community will be displayed. You can also search by cities in Pennsylvania by selecting one of the locales on top of the page.
  • View Doctors’ Profiles & Book an Appointment  Look at all the important information we provide for you to make a well-informed choice when you need to get a marijuana doctor. Read about their terms of service, fees and hours of operation as well as the reviews of other patients who have used each doctor’s services. You’ll be able to book an appointment immediately by clicking the “Request an Appointment” button.

Locate Licensed Pennsylvania Marijuana Dispensaries

At, we’re committed to helping you locate the best dispensaries close to your home. We maintain an ever-growing list of approved, reputable medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania.

The dispensaries we recommend are managed by competent pharmacists and employees who know the best strains of cannabis that can be used to treat each qualified condition. Use the details we provide to contact the dispensary and book an appointment or place an order and get it delivered later.

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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO