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It is our mission to advocate for medical cannabis patients and to assist prospective applicants in navigating the registration process in their respective states. We offer our services to residents of multiple states applying for medical marijuana programs, including Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has authorized the use of telemedicine to certify patients for medical marijuana cards. At the Sanctuary, our staff members are available to schedule a virtual appointment for you with one of our doctors. You do not need to have a prior doctor's evaluation to meet with our licensed physicians.

During your appointment, your doctor will evaluate your condition and determine if you meet the state’s requirements for medical marijuana use. If your physician believes you would benefit from marijuana use, they will submit a certificate to the Pennsylvania DOH as soon as possible. Once your information is in the system, you can continue the application process on the DOH website.

Simply call us at (814) 470-4895 to arrange a virtual meeting with a physician.


What Our Clients Are Saying About Us.


"When I found out that I qualified for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, I knew I needed help. So I called the Sanctuary and asked them how to register. They explained everything to me over the phone and told me I could even schedule an appointment with a doctor. They made the whole application process super easy!"

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    The Sanctuary Wellness Institute Reviewed by Kem H. - Medical Marijuana Card Evaluation review
    February 7 2020

    "...Offered to walk me through the card registration process. Can’t recommend enough."

    "Efficient, modern and professional. Took the time to answer all my questions. Offered to walk me through the card registration process. Can’t recommend enough.* "

    Rating: 5

How It Works

How to get a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania


At the Sanctuary Wellness Institute, our top priority is to help you get the treatment you need. The Pennsylvania cannabis card application process can be challenging to handle alone—but with friendly staff from the Sanctuary on your side, this entire process is simple and straightforward.

Medical Marijuana Card Online

The Sanctuary Wellness Institute does not offer online scheduling for medical marijuana doctors' appointments. However, making your appointment over the phone is fast and easy. Simply call us at (814) 470-4895 to schedule your evaluation and speak to one of our staff members.

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    Register for the medical marijuana program at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov

    The first step toward obtaining a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is to register online. You will need to register before you attend your evaluation because your physician will need your patient ID number to submit your certification. When you register, you will need to submit your driver's license or ID card as proof of Pennsylvania residency. Make sure that the address on your driver's license or ID card is current, and when the system provides your patient ID number, save it for your records.

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    Obtain a certification by meeting with a PA department of health certified doctor at the sanctuary

    After your registration, it's time to attend your appointment at the Sanctuary. To qualify for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, you must have a qualifying condition, such as Parkinson's disease or anxiety disorder. Your doctor will spend 10 to 15 minutes evaluating your condition and determining your eligibility. If they believe you qualify, your medical marijuana doctor will issue your certification and update your patient record on the DOH website.

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    Complete registration an PA DOH website

    After you have certified by the doctor, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will send you an email with follow-up instructions. You will need to log into the account you initially used to register and submit a $50 fee to the DOH. After you pay the fee, the DOH will mail your medical cannabis card to the address on your driver's license or ID card. You should receive your cannabis card within 14 days of completing the registration.

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    Visit a dispensary in Pennsylvania to obtain medical marijuana.

    When your card arrives in the mail, you can legally purchase medical cannabis at any licensed dispensary in the state of Pennsylvania. There are multiple types of cannabis products available, from tinctures and ointments to CBD products and dried flower. We recommend speaking to a dispensary pharmacist who can recommend the right cannabis product for your medical condition.

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How to Register for Medical Marijuana In PA

Watch our quick tutorial on how to register with the State for medical marijuana in PA.

About Medical Marijuana

PA Medical Marijuana Card


Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016. That year, Senate Bill 3, also known as the Medical Marijuana Act, passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with a vote of 149 to 46, and the Pennsylvania Senate by a margin of 42 to 7. Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on April 17, 2016.

The Medical Marijuana Act established rules for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, including the first list of qualifying conditions, rules for dispensaries and growers, and restrictions on the amount and type of cannabis products patients can buy. Prior to 2018, only non-smokable forms of cannabis can be sold. Now, eligible patients can choose from a range of products to meet their medical needs.

Currently, medical marijuana patients can purchase up to a 30-day supply of cannabis at a time. Dispensaries have allotment checkers to ensure patients do not buy more than they are allowed. Additionally, growing cannabis is illegal in Pennsylvania without strict authorization from the Department of Health. Recreational marijuana remains illegal in Pennsylvania as well.

Call (814) 470-4895 with any questions and to schedule your evaluation

Pennsylvania Qualifying Conditions

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • 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
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis

Medical Marijuana Doctors in PA | Telemedicine at The Sanctuary
1407 Blair St,
Suite 2, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone: 814-470-4895

Directions to Our Altoona, PA Office

From Claysburg, PA

Follow Mainline Aly and Arden St to Old U.S. 220 N 1 min (0.3 mi) Head east on Packard St toward Mainline Aly 56 ft Packard St turns left and becomes Mainline Aly 0.2 mi Turn left onto Arden St 0.2 mi Follow Old U.S. 220 N and PA-36 N to Blair St in Hollidaysburg 17 min (11.2 mi) Turn right onto Old U.S. 220 N 4.9 mi Turn right onto PA-164 E 0.2 mi Turn left onto PA-36 N 5.3 mi Turn right onto Allegheny St 0.6 mi Sharp right onto Blair St Our Office will be on the right

From Williamsburg, PA

Head northwest on E 1st St toward High St/Piney Creek Rd 0.2 mi Turn right onto PA-866 N/Canal St/Juniata River Rd 3.5 mi Turn left onto US-22 W 8.2 mi Slight left onto Blair St Our Office will be on the right

From Philipsburg, PA

Get on I-99 S/US-220 S in Snyder Township from PA-350 S 19 min (15.1 mi) Head southwest on E Presqueisle St toward N Centre St 39 ft Turn left onto S Centre St 253 ft Turn left onto E Beaver St 52 ft Turn right onto PA-350 S/S Centre St 14.4 mi Merge onto I-99 S/US-220 S via the ramp to Tyrone/Altoona 0.6 mi Follow I-99 S/US-220 S to Frankstown Rd in Altoona. Take exit 32 from I-99 S/US-220 S 17 min (19.6 mi) Merge onto I-99 S/US-220 S 19.3 mi Take exit 32 for Frankstown Rd toward PA-36 0.3 mi Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Lakemont Park/Canoe Creek State Park and merge onto Frankstown Rd 197 ft Merge onto Frankstown Rd 6 min (3.9 mi) Follow US-22 W to Blair St in Hollidaysburg 3 min (1.9 mi) Turn right onto US-22 W 1.7 mi Slight left onto Blair St Our Office will be on the right

Frequently Asked Question

How long does it take to receive your PA medical marijuana card?

You can register for your online account, visit a medical marijuana doctor, and submit your registration fee as quickly as you want. Once the DOH receives payment, they take five to ten days to approve your application and mail your card.

Entering your correct mailing address when registering for your online account will ensure you receive your card as quickly as possible.

Can I go to a dispensary before my card arrives in PA?

You cannot visit a dispensary until you have your card. Pennsylvania requires that you show a valid photo ID and your active medical marijuana card to enter a dispensary. If your card doesn't arrive within three weeks of submitting your application, you can order a replacement using your online account.

How much does a med card cost in PA?

Your medical card costs $50 when you register as a new patient. Annual renewals are also $50. The state sends payment reminder emails 30 days before your upcoming expiration date. Medicaid, PACE, PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC participants may qualify for a free medical marijuana card.

Health insurance does not cover the cost of medical marijuana cards because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

Can you get a medical card for stress in PA?

No. Doctors can only issue medical marijuana certifications for diagnoses from the state of Pennsylvania’s list of qualifying conditions. If stress is a symptom of a qualifying condition, you may be eligible for a medical marijuana card.

The Sanctuary can offer guidance on the qualifying conditions and connect you with an authorized medical marijuana doctor to assess your health condition and eligibility.

Can a job deny you if you have a medical card in PA?

No–Pennsylvania prohibits employment discrimination based on marijuana cardholder status. However, due to gaps in the current legislation, employers can fire employees for using medical marijuana. Patient advocates are actively lobbying lawmakers to expand employment protections.