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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

Step-by-Step Guide to Join the PA Medical Marijuana Program

If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania, Verilife is here to guide you through the process. Every medical-use state has its own program and set of regulations, so make sure to follow our Pennsylvania-specific guide below.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Qualifications

Before you begin the medical marijuana application process in Pennsylvania, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old OR a minor with an adult caregiver
  • A legal resident of Pennsylvania with proof of residency
  • A diagnosis from a physician who is certified to participate in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

Learn more about the medical marijuana program in PA with our guide.

Step 1: Register with the State of Pennsylvania

The first step in the medical marijuana application process in Pennsylvania is to create a profile in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Registry. You’ll need to have one of the following pieces of identification:

  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Change of Address card (if applicable)

After your information is validated, you will be prompted to create a username and password. When you have created your username and password, you will see a screen that displays your account information, including your Patient ID number.

You are now registered in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. You will receive an email confirming your registration and detailing how to obtain a patient certification from an approved physician.

Step 2: Visit an Approved Pennsylvania Physician

Once registered, you’ll need to visit a physician who is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and obtain certification that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana use.

Step 3: Receive Patient Certification

If you qualify for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, the physician will issue your patient certification directly in the state. You will then receive an email with next steps on how to pay for your medical marijuana ID card.

Step 4: Get Your Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

After you're certified by an approved physician, you will receive an email stating that you can pay for your medical marijuana ID card. The card annual application fee is $50. Once you’ve paid your application fee, the state will mail you your medical marijuana card. This can take up to a few weeks.

Note: Patients who participate in Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC may be eligible for reduced fees.

Step 5: Your First PA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Visit

As soon as you have your official medical marijuana card, you can visit any state-licensed dispensary in Pennsylvania.

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 cannabis sales consultants are happy to talk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I find a physician certified to recommend medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

Click here to find a physician who has been certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to recommend medical marijuana.

How do I register as a medical marijuana caregiver in Pennsylvania?

All caregivers must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, then follow the instructions provided. Visit our Medical Marijuana in PA page for information about how to register as a patient caregiver.

How long will it take to receive my PA medical marijuana card? 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mail your medical marijuana card once payment is processed. Cards usually arrive within 7-10 days, although sometimes it may take longer.

How much medical marijuana can I purchase in Pennsylvania? 

A patient and their designated caregiver may purchase up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products. This amount is dictated by the certifying physician.

Can I visit multiple dispensaries in one day?

There is no limit in Pennsylvania to the number of dispensaries you can visit per day. However, dispensaries will have a record of how much medical marijuana a patient has purchased that day, and they will not dispense more than the state-allowed amount.

How often do I need to renew my PA medical marijuana card?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires PA medical marijuana card-holding patients to obtain an annual patient certification from a certified physician. You’ll receive an email 60 days before your certification expires with instructions on how to obtain a new patient certification. You do not need to see the same doctor who issued your original patient certification. You’ll receive an additional email 30 days before your annual renewal fee is due with instructions for making the $50 payment to renew your PA medical marijuana card.