WHAT FORMS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Pills, oil, topical forms such as patches or ointments. » Forms medically appropriate to vaporize. » Tinctures and liquids.
HOW MUCH WILL MEDICAL MARIJUANA COST?
At this time, insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana. » All patients who participate in the program are responsible for purchasing a $50 medical marijuana ID card. » Individuals may qualify for a discount if they participate in one of the following government programs, Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC. » Costs may vary based on dispensary prices, FORM OF MARIJUANA, and amount purchased.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
Program-related resources including the latest updates, legislative news and FAQ documents are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.
In April 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act into law. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (Department) is implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients who are under a physician’s care for the treatment of one of the 17 serious medical conditions listed in the law.
If you are a Pennsylvania resident who suffers from at least one of the following serious medical conditions, and has been certified by a health care practitioner registered with the program, you may qualify:
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis • Autism • Cancer • Crohn’s disease • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity • Epilepsy • Glaucoma • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) • Huntington’s disease • Inflammatory bowel disease • Intractable seizures • Multiple sclerosis • Neuropathies • Parkinson’s disease • Post-traumatic stress disorder • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective • Sickle cell anemia
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET PREPARED?
To participate in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, you must be registered with the Department of Health’s Patient and Caregiver Registry.
Following the steps below will help ensure a smooth registration process for you:
1. TALK TO OUR PHYSICIAN
» Talk to your Pennsylvania-licensed Elite Integrative Wellness Center physician and ask them if you can make an appointment for an evaluation/certification to issue you a patient certification. Patients will need this to complete their registration.
» You will have the opportunity to have our physician, a recommending health care practitioner who has registered and been approved by the Department evaluate you for a certification. Our physician is listed as a health care practitioner on www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.
» If you are scheduling a visit with our recommending health care practitioner who you haven’t seen before, be sure to ask what documents and records you need to bring to your first appointment. Please bring all MRIs, CT, EEG, EMG/NCS, or other diagnostic study reports to the appointment or send them directly into the patient portal. Bring, or scan into patient portal, the most recent patient physician notes from your private diagnosing doctor indicating the diagnosis of the serious medical condition you are requesting the certification for.
2. HAVE PROOF OF RESIDENCY
With the exception of minor or homebound patients, all patients and caregivers will need to show valid proof of their Pennsylvania residency.
Please make sure your Pennsylvania driver’s license, or state issued ID, has your current address. Minors or homebound patients who may not hold a valid driver’s license or state issued ID card will need to have a caregiver apply on their behalf.
3. IDENTIFY CAREGIVERS
If you plan to apply as a patient and want to designate caregivers to assist you in picking up your medical marijuana, you can designate up to two caregivers. You may want to give some thought as to who you may wish to designate, and ask them if they’ll be willing to register as a caregiver.
If you care for a patient who requires a caregiver to apply on their behalf, but you don’t wish to be their registered caregiver, please consider making arrangements with someone who would assist you in applying on behalf of your patient.
4. REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM
Register as a patient or caregiver at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.
5. CHECK FOR UPDATES
Visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov for updates.
To contact the staff at the Office of Medical Marijuana, send an email to
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
Once your registration is complete with a patient certification from a state-approved health care practitioner, you will be able to purchase your medical marijuana ID card through the registry. You will not be able to obtain medical marijuana until dispensaries in Pennsylvania are operational and product is available. We anticipate dispensaries being operational with product in 2018.