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Medicinal Marijuana 101: Your Beginner’s Guide to Legal Cannabis in Pennsylvania

here’s no denying the recent wave of medical marijuana legalization across the country in the last several years. What began as a social experiment in California has evolved into an entire culture of all-natural healing methods throughout much of the United States. And here in Pennsylvania, even if you have a prescription, you may be relying on outdated and shady methods to get your medicine.

At PA Medical Marijuana Doctor, we can help. We’re Philadelphia’s trusted provider of medical marijuana license consultations, all with a commitment to compassionate care and discretion of every single one of our patients. By answering all your questions about legal medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, we can offer you the guidance and information you need to change your life for the better using this revolutionary but time-tested medicine.

Let’s examine everything you need to know about our state’s medical marijuana laws:

What Types of Conditions Qualify Me for a Medical Marijuana Prescription?

In Pennsylvania, there are a number of qualifying conditions that can allow you to get a prescription under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, including:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Terminal Illness
  • And More

How Do I Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card?

If you have a qualifying illness or medical condition, it’s relatively easy to get your medical marijuana card. First, you’ll need to create a profile on Pennsylvania’s Patients and Caregivers Registry. The next step is to visit an approved doctor, like PA Medical Marijuana Doctor, to certify you have one of the qualifying conditions. The final step is to return to the online registry and submit payment for your card. It typically costs about $50.

Where Are the Dispensaries and What Can I Purchase There?

There are currently more than a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries open all across the state of Pennsylvania, with many more in the process of opening. These products include a variety concentrated resins, oils, edibles, as well as an assortment of pills, tinctures, creams, and ointments. Most recently, even cannabis flowers are now available at some of these shops.

Will My Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?

Right now, no. All expenses, including the marijuana card fee, the product itself, and our physician consultations can be paid for out-of-pocket. We make obtaining a medical marijuana license a hassle-free, simple, and straightforward process for all our patients, to allow them to enjoy the potential medical health benefits that medical marijuana has to offer them.

For more information on obtaining your medical marijuana card, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please contact PA Medical Marijuana Doctor today!

Dr. McCoy treated me with great compassion and took the time to listen to my needs. I really felt like he cared about helping me.

- Tyler

My son suggested I try using medical marijuana for my back pain. I made an appointment with Dr. McCoy, got my MMJ card, and my back has never felt better!

- Suzanne

I was skeptical of medical marijuana at first, but Dr. McCoy took the time to educate me and made the entire process of getting my MMJ card simple and straightforward.

- Jason

Step 1: Get Registered

Create a profile in the PA state Medical Marijuana Registry. This includes basic personal data like your name, current address, and contact information. You must have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID card. 

Step 2: Get Certified

Schedule a consultation with PA Medical Marijuana Doctor to meet with a PA state-approved physician who can certify that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions to participate in PA’s medical marijuana program.

Step 3: Get Your Patient ID

Once you’re certified by an approved physician, return to the Medical Marijuana Registry and finish filling out your application for a medical marijuana ID card. Once you receive your card, you can purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary.