Medical Marijuana Doctors at The Sanctuary Wellness Institute
Three Simple Steps to Get Your PA Medical Marijuana Card Online
- Step 1: Go to medicalmarijuana.pa.gov and sign up for the PA Medical Marijuana Program.
- Step 2: Make a telehealth appointment with a Sanctuary Wellness Institute doctor.
- Step 3: Finish your registration on the PA Department of Health's Website.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania
At the Sanctuary, we believe that the medical marijuana application process should be as simple. We strive to connect Pennsylvania patients who need medical cards with doctors who can perform the evaluation. Our goal is to make the entire process as stress-free as possible.
You may book your appointment with he Sanctuary Wellness Institute using our online booking system or by calling us. All appointments for PA residents are done using Telehealth.
Our friendly phone staff members are available to schedule your evaluation with a qualifying physician and answer any questions you have about the process. Simply give us a call at (412) 397-8740 to learn more about the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program and begin your registration.
Register for the medical marijuana program at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov
To begin applying for a Pennsylvania card, you will need to register online on the PA DOH website. The registration form will ask for your contact information as well as proof of Pennsylvania residency. You can submit a driver's license or ID card as proof of residency, but make sure this document has your most current address. The system will give you a patient ID number; save it and bring this number to your appointment.
Meet with a Certified Doctor from the Sanctuary
Next, you will need to receive certification for a medical marijuana card from a doctor who has been certified with the PA Department of Health. For your convenience, you can schedule a telehealth appointment with one of The Sanctuary’s medical marijuana doctors. Your meeting will be brief, in which you will spend 10 to 15 minutes discussing your health concerns and any questions you might have regarding the use of medical marijuana. If your doctor decides that you qualify, they will give your certification that same day.
Complete registration an PA DOH website
After your doctor verifies your certification with the state, you can complete your registration on the PA DOH website. You will need to log into the same account you used to register and submit a $50 fee. Once the PA DOH receives your registration fee, it will mail your card to the address listed on your driver's license or ID card.
Visit a dispensary in Pennsylvania to obtain medical cannabis.
You should receive your card within 14 days. With your card, you can visit any medical marijuana dispensary to purchase up to a 30-day supply of cannabis products. We recommend speaking with a dispensary pharmacist who can recommend the best medical cannabis for your qualifying condition.
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About The Sanctuary Wellness Institute
In Pennsylvania, the Sanctuary Wellness Institute is an advocate for medicinal marijuana. We guide our clients through the whole medical marijuana card application procedure.
Are you seeking an objective medical cannabis assessment in Pittsburgh, PA? The Sanctuary Wellness Institute is here to assist you. We provide examinations with Pennsylvania-licensed doctors in order to qualify patients for medicinal marijuana usage.
To make an appointment, please contact us at: (412) 397-8740. The doctor will assess your condition and, if they find you eligible for medical cannabis treatment, authorize the issuance of your card. There is no need for a prior medical assessment.
Medical Marijuana Doctors Pittsburgh, PA
Only patients with serious medical conditions, such as chronic pain or sickle cell anemia, can receive a card in Pennsylvania. For patients to qualify for the state's medical marijuana program, Pennsylvania law requires a doctor's certification. However, not all healthcare providers are eligible to certify patients for cannabis—they must be licensed by the PA Department of Health (DOH).
At the Sanctuary, we work with licensed physicians who are eligible to certify patients for medical cannabis. Currently, we are only accepting telemedicine appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us at (412) 397-8740 to schedule your evaluation and learn more about the registration process.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since the passage of the Medical Marijuana Act in 2016. Under this law, any patient with a qualifying condition, such as spasticity or neuropathies, can apply for the medical marijuana program. Patients cannot grow their own cannabis and recreational marijuana remains illegal in Pennsylvania.
Caregivers who are 21 years or older can also apply for the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program. These caregivers must pass a background check and submit additional documents to be approved for the program, however. A patient can designate up to 2 caregivers, and a caregiver can oversee up to 5 medical marijuana patients.
Call (412) 397-8740 with any questions and to schedule your evaluation!
Pennsylvania QUALIFYING CONDITIONS
In order to be eligible to receive an official Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, you must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Anxiety Disorder
- 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
- Huntington'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
How to Register for Medical Marijuana In PA
Watch our quick tutorial on how to register with the State for medical marijuana in PA.
When it's Time to Renew Your Card
It's easy to renew your medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania. All you need to do is obtain an updated certificate and pay the renewal charge. You can remain a patient for as long as you like after enrolling in the state's registry.
To acquire cannabis from a dispensary in Pennsylvania, your certification must be updated every 12 months. The state mandates a doctor's reassessment to confirm marijuana is still safe and effective for each patient.
You will receive an email 60 days before your certificate expires reminding you to renew it. You can then schedule an appointment with one of the Sanctuary's authorized medical marijuana doctors online. This appointment will be similar to your first medical cannabis consultation.
In addition, 30 days before your renewal payment is due, the Department of Health will send you an email reminder. You may then log in to your account and make sure you have a valid payment method on file. If you pay your $50 renewal charge within 30 days of receiving this notice, your card will not expire.
Your doctor will inquire about your symptoms as well as your reaction to medical marijuana treatment. Based on your own experiences, you can ask questions concerning topics like dosing and side effects. Your certification will be sent to the state's registry by the doctor. It will connect to your account immediately.
Make sure to confirm your address on file online is correct. If your doctor's certificate is current and your payment is accepted, the state will mail you a replacement MMJ card.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. While cardholders can legally possess medical marijuana and consume it in private spaces, public consumption remains illegal. It is also illegal to use marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or 250 feet of a playground. Official patient status does not exempt you from these laws.
You can renew your card online. The state will send a reminder email 60 days before your card expires. You can log in to the patient portal, confirm or revise your demographic information, and update your payment method. If your info is correct, the payment will be automatically processed on your renewal date. You can then book a telehealth renewal appointment with an authorized medical marijuana provider.
The doctor will discuss your experience with cannabis and issue your renewal certificate to the Department of Health. Once the form is on file, they will mail your replacement card so you can continue visiting dispensaries. Renewing as soon as you're eligible to do so will ensure you can keep buying cannabis without interruption.
Any Pennsylvania resident with a qualifying medical condition can apply for a medical marijuana card. There is no background check involved in the process, unless you’re applying to be a designated caregiver for another patient.
Yes. Pennsylvania only requires a state-issued ID showing your current address and an active email account to enroll in their registry. You can then consult a doctor via telehealth services and complete your registration once they issue your medical marijuana certificate.
Yes–all applicants must enroll in the state’s registry online. You can then complete the required medical marijuana consultation via a telemedicine visit. These appointments include a comprehensive assessment of your medical condition and health history. The doctor will explain how medical marijuana could improve your well-being, and they’ll also answer your questions about dosing, consumption methods, etc.
Yes–the only way to legally purchase and possess marijuana is by becoming an official patient. Cardholders are the only individuals permitted to shop at PA dispensaries. While the state is considering recreational marijuana legalization, the earliest sales could begin is January 2025.
Dispensaries prioritize patient privacy and safety. The pharmacist and staff members at each dispensary are knowledgeable resources who can answer questions and offer guidance about the best consumption methods and cannabis strains for you.