A Brief History
In 2016, the Pennsylvania state legislature approved Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania for individuals with certain conditions. Conditions include cancer, epilepsy, autism, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and several others with qualifying symptoms. Governor Wolf approved the law on April 17 of that year. Senate Bill 3 was signed into effect in May of 2016 before officially going into effect on July 12, 2016, launching the patient registry program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has created an online patient registry called Medicinal Marijuana Public Registry to track patients, caregivers, and physicians qualified to prescribe Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania. A designated caregiver can assist up to 5 patients at one time with medical marijuana. A patient can only designate one provider at a time.
Medical Cannabis & The Law
The law requires an extensive application process for patients, caregivers, and physicians. Patients must have certain approved conditions to be accepted into the program, including cancer, epilepsy, autism, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, or chronic pain with qualifying symptoms. The physician must be board certified in one of the following specialties:
- Neurology with subspecialty of clinical neurophysiology
- Palliative care medicine
- Hospice and palliative medicine
- Pediatric medicine
- Family medicine or internal medicine
After receiving certification from their physician that they are suitable candidates for medical marijuana treatment, patients will need to register with the state before getting approved for treatment.
Concierge Medical Cannabis Licensed Professional
Patients will also need access to a licensed medical professional who can help them determine the dosage and method of ingestion. They will need to obtain a Finite Drug Expression Profile (FDEP) from a laboratory, which will indicate how each mode of ingestion affects the body and provide other specific information for patients.
Trained physicians will also be able to recommend THC content in cannabis products. The department has posted online information about approved conditions, registration requirements, and technicals standards for laboratories that test products.
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3 does not affect or repeal any existing laws regarding driving under the influence or operating motor vehicles while impaired by drugs. Furthermore, individuals caught distributing marijuana illegally without consideration will still face criminal charges outlined by state law even if they are ‘registered’ with the state Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania program.
How To Get Started?
To get started, you must first meet with your prescribing physician to obtain a written certification completed within 90 days of submission. Once you have that certification, you can visit any one of the nine approved dispensaries across Pennsylvania to fill your legal prescription for Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania. You will also be required to pay a fee to the state of Pennsylvania.
Patients will be able to fill their entire order all at once or in multiple visits. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit our FAQ page. We here at Concierge Medical Cannabis are devoted to helping patients acquire legal, safe, and effective medicine for their ailments. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns directly to your application process or your specific case involving Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania therapies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.