18 years old and older
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in PA?
Medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania on April 6, 2016 and became available in the state on February 15, 2018. To get a card, you must suffer from one of the qualifying conditions.
Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Requirements
According to Pennsylvania medical marijuana laws, you must be at least 18 years of age to get a medical marijuana card. Besides having one of the qualifying conditions, you should be able to prove state residence with a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
Parents can register as approved caregivers for those who are under 18 years of age and have one of the conditions that is approved to be treated by medical marijuana and buy it for their children. If you are not the parent, legal guardian, or spouse of the person you will be purchasing for, you will need to be designated as a third-party caregiver by the patient before applying for a medical marijuana card.
If you do not have a medical marijuana card or if you have a card and do not buy your marijuana from a licensed dispensary in the state, you are committing a crime and can be punished. In Pennsylvania, possession of 30 g or less of marijuana can result in a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail while anything over 30 g is a felony and can incur penalties of up to $15,000 and 3.5-5 years of jail time.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania
If you were diagnosed with one of the approved conditions, you should apply for the registration in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Registry, which will require a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The next step is to have an approved physician verify that you suffer from a qualifying condition and who recommends that medical marijuana is a valid form of treatment. This physician can then submit the proper documentation to the Medical Marijuana Registry.
You can schedule an appointment with approved physicians such as those who work with MDBerry in person or online to verify your condition and see if medical cannabis is the right choice for you. Once they approve you and send your paperwork to the registry, you can then go back to the registry’s website and pay for your card which will be immediately mailed to you. As soon as your card arrives in the mail, you can use it to visit one of the local licensed dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana there.