Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring medical records to my appointment?
You do not need to bring medical records with you to your appointment for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card. Our certified medical marijuana doctors can complete your medical marijuana card evaluation without them.
However, you will need to provide some documentation to the state in order to prove that you are eligible for cannabis treatment. This may include a doctor's note, proof of residency, or a copy of your driver's license or ID card.
What types of products do PA dispensaries currently sell?
Pennsylvania dispensaries currently sell a variety of medical marijuana products, including flower, concentrates, and edibles. Medical marijuana flower must be vaporized in the state of PA–never smoked.
Products will vary by dispensary, so it’s advisable to call ahead or visit each dispensary's website to see what is available before arriving in-person.
How much does a medical marijuana card evaluation cost at the Sanctuary?
We charge $199 for one of our certified medical marijuana doctors to perform an evaluation. Our MMJ card renewal fee is $99.
How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania?
It typically takes about two to four weeks to get a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania. The process involves completing an online application, providing medical records and identification, and paying a fee. You will receive your medical cannabis card in the mail if the state approves you for one.
Most of our clients receive their cards within five business days of their appointments with our medical marijuana doctors.
How long is my medical marijuana card good for?
Pennsylvania medical marijuana cards are only valid for one year from the date of their issuance. You must visit a certified medical marijuana doctor annually to renew your card.
What will happen at my evaluation?
When you go to your evaluation, a doctor will review your medical history and ask about your symptoms. If they feel that medical marijuana could help alleviate your symptoms, they will provide you with a certification. With this certification, you will be able to apply for a medical marijuana card.
What are Pennsylvania’s qualifying conditions?
People suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- 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
- HIV / AIDS
- untington's disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intractable seizures
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- 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
- Tourette's Syndrome