Getting a Medical Card in Pa Is Getting Easier – Here’s Why
On April 17, 2016, the State of Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. The new law, Act 16, protects the people that need and use these products as well as those that help them get them from prosecution. The move came to help marijuana patients and the people that care for their wellbeing from the Federal Penalties they could face if caught engaging in any part of the distribution, use or sale of a Federally band substance.
At this point in time, the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana treatment is growing and getting longer every year as medical science is testing and treating more people using marijuana and proving more uses for it. The following conditions have been approved already to be treated with marijuana medically:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
- Cancer, including remission therapy.
- Crohn’s Disease.
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Central Nervous System.
- Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorder.
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
- Intractable Seizures.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative Diseases.
- Opioid Use Disorder.
- Parkinson’s Disease.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Severe Chronic or Intractable Pain of Neuropathic origin or Severe Chronic or Intractable Pain.
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Terminal Illness.
If you have any of the above conditions you can be eligible to get a medical marijuana card. To do so you will need to visit the Registry. The Registry was created as a more friendly way of obtaining a medical marijuana card for those people who have demonstrated a medical need to have one. Within the last year, getting a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania became even easier. Here’s how:
Instead of the pounds of paperwork needed to apply for a medical marijuana card, the State of Pennsylvania created an online registry for patients and caregivers to use to not only apply for medical marijuana licenses but to track progress and make it easier to get the correct strains through the local dispensary.
The registry also helps those without a medical doctor or Pennsylvania ID to prescribe them their medication to find one near where they are and verify that they are registered with the State’s Department of Health as marijuana providers. So for those who are not aware, this is a very veritable option.
While needing a physician to recommend a person for medical marijuana is nothing new to any state medical marijuana laws, all doctors who want to recommend marijuana to their patients are required to register of the Registry, so there is no chance any doctor on there is not approved to recommend marijuana as a treatment.
There will be no awkward phone calls or email responses. If a physician deems you needing medical marijuana they will file the paperwork recommending you for treatment with the state. You just need to make sure you come in with your medical documents ready for them to review.
Pay for ID Card
Once your doctor has submitted the paperwork recommending you for a medical marijuana card, you will be able to complete your paperwork through the Registry and pay your application fee. You will need to submit the following items to complete your applications:
- An electronic copy of a legal photo ID
- A current digital photograph (for your new Medical Marijuana Card)
- A Visa or Master Card for Payment
Minors under the age of 18 can get a medical marijuana card as well through the Registry, but their parent or caregiver is required to fill out the paperwork and complete the State’s Safe Harbor Form which looks out for the best interests of the child who is being given a Federally illegal substance.
Get You Medical Marijuana ID Card
Once you get your legal medical marijuana card, after you are deemed of the need of one by the State of Pennsylvania, You will be able to enter state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and purchase marijuana legally. There is no stigma in any of the dispensaries that are open for business and they will do their best to help you find the strain that works well with your ailment.
They will also help you remain connected to your doctors and caregivers through the website and keep them updated on your treatment and your condition as it progresses.
As of January 2019, there are dozens of state-approved dispensaries open for business and 23 more were added to the list; bringing the total list of active state-approved is dispensaries up to 79 different locations around the state. The process has gotten a lot easier to accomplish with the help of the online registry.
There is no confusion over what paperwork to submit or how to locate a correct physician who is willing and able to review your medical history and approve you for medical marijuana.