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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Laws & Information

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was signed into law in 2016 and is currently managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. If you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana card in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we’ve compiled a few guides and FAQs to help you through the process.

Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Pennsylvania

The first step in joining the PA medical marijuana program is to create a profile on the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Registry. Once you are registered, the next step is to visit a physician approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to verify that you suffer from one of the state’s qualifying conditions. 

Qualifications for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Individuals with one of the approved serious medical conditions can qualify for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Once you determine you have a condition on the MPP’s list, you will need to be certified by a physician who is trained and approved by the PA Department of Health. Approved physicians are listed on the Department of Health’s website. 

Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

After you have your medical marijuana certification, you’ll need to upload it to the state’s system. There are a number of important documents to keep track of, so make sure you read our Get a Card guide for step-by-step instructions.

Have questions? We’ve got answers

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical marijuana, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly sales consultants are happy to talk.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Purchase & Possession Limits

Medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania may purchase up to 192 Medical Marijuana Units in a 90-day period. Medical Marijuana Units are: 

  • 3.5g of medical marijuana flower
  • 100mg of THC-infused products, such as pills, capsules, oil, liquids, tinctures, or topicals
  • 1g of medical marijuana concentrates

Patients are allowed to possess no more than a 192 Medical Marijuana Units.

What is the Tax on Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania does not charge a sales tax on medical marijuana purchases.

Where Can I Use Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana products may only be used on private property, including your home, backyard, or any other privately owned area that is out of view of the public.

Marijuana is not permitted in the following scenarios:

  • Public or federal land
  • Any motor vehicle
  • Around a minor
  • Traveling across state lines

Businesses, landlords, and certain municipalities may have additional rules regarding possession of medical marijuana. You should always check the rules for your location before consuming marijuana. 

FAQs About Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

While the Pennsylvania Department of Health does a great job explaining the ins and outs of the medical marijuana program, we still find patients have a few frequently asked questions. We’ve answered a handful of them here:

Is medical marijuana legal In Pennsylvania?

Yes, Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Recreational marijuana is still not allowed in the state.

How can I purchase medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

To purchase medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, you must be certified by an approved physician and registered with the PA MMP. Once you receive your PA medical marijuana card, you can purchase medical marijuana in a licensed medical dispensary.

How much does medical marijuana cost in Pennsylvania?

Each licensed dispensary in Pennsylvania offers products at different price points. However, patients will not need to pay a sales tax on any medical marijuana purchases.

How can I be prescribed medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, there is no prescription for specific medical marijuana products. Rather, you must be certified as a medical marijauna patient by an approved physician and register with the PA Department of Health. Once you have your medical marijuan patient ID card, you can purchase the medical marijuana products that work best for you. We recommend all medical marijuana patients consult their healthcare provider to determine the appropriate medical marijuana regimen.

Does Pennsylvania accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards? 

No, Pennsylvania does not have a medical marijuana reciprocity program. That means the state does not accept medical marijuana cards issued by other states.

Purchasing Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

We understand that even after a patient registers with the PA Department of Health, you may have questions about medical marijuana, tools to consume it, and which products are right for you. Our medical marijuana experts are on hand in all of our licensed dispensaries to help you have the best experience possible when purchasing your medical marijuana.