Pennsylvania’s Eligibility Requirements

Annette Folgueras MD » Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Residents of Pennsylvania who have a serious medical condition as certified by a Marijuana Doctor are considered medical marijuana patients. A patient must obtain a medical marijuana ID card to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary in Pennsylvania. Caregivers should also reside in Pennsylvania and be designated by patients to deliver medical marijuana obtained at a Pennsylvania dispensary. The caregiver must register for an ID card and complete a background check.

Participating in the program

In order to be part of the program, the patient is required to follow the process as per the law. The patient begins by registering on the Pennsylvania department of health website. Afterwhich, the patient is required to see an approved practitioner to get diagnosed and obtain a certificate. The next step is to pay for your medical marijuana ID card and visit a Pennsylvania dispensary to receive your medical cannabis.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the medical marijuana ID card?

The fee for the patient or caregiver’s medical marijuana ID card is $50. Individuals who participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card: Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.

Can you register as a patient for the program if you have a criminal record?
You are not required to complete a background check if you are registering as a patient. However, all caregivers must complete a background check, and any criminal record will be reviewed before their approval.
Can minors with serious medical conditions get medical marijuana?
Yes. Patients under the age of 18 with serious medical conditions may get medical marijuana through a caregiver.
Who can participate in this program?
Pennsylvania residents who have a serious medical condition as certified by an approved physician are considered eligible for medical cannabis. Once you have a your medical ID card you can legally purchase marijuana at Pennsylvania dispensaries

Please follow these four steps in order to get your medical marijuana card:

  1. Register on the PA Department of Health website
  2. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Folgueras and get certified;
  3. Pay the state for your medical marijuana ID card
  4. Bring your medical marijuana ID card to a Pennsylvania medical dispensary.
What info do I need and how do I register for my medical card?
All patients and caregivers must either have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a state-issued ID with their current address for proof of residency (if you have a change of address card you will need that too). You must have a valid email address and mailing address recognized by USPS for correspondence. Make sure you have your driver’s license or state-issued ID is nearby as you register. Enter your first and last name exactly the way they appear on the card. (Where numbers are required please dont enter any spaces, hyphens, etc just digits).

We are here to help so don’t hesitate to call.

Do you have any tips for a successful registration?

Your name must match. Your address is recognized by the USPS as a valid mailing address. We are here to help so don’t hesitate to call.

What are the approved "serious medical conditions"?
A “serious medical condition” under the law is any one of the following:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS);
  • Anxiety disorders;
  • Autism;
  • Cancer, including remission therapy;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies;
  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Glaucoma;
  • HIV / AIDS;
  • Huntington’s disease;
  • Inflammatory bowel disease;
  • Intractable seizures;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Neurodegenerative diseases;
  • Neuropathies;
  • Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions;
  • 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; and
  • Tourette syndrome.
How do I know if I am eligible for the program?
If you believe you have an approved medical condition, please schedule an appointment so that we can approve you to participate in the program. Dr Folgueras will certify that you have an approved serious medical condition and are eligible for a medical marijuana card.