Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in PA
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute
While outcomes vary from person to person, medical marijuana has been shown to help with, and is used to treat, many conditions while avoiding the use of pharmaceuticals.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute is here to help Pennsylvania residents navigate the entire process of obtaining a medical marijuana card—beginning with an evaluation by an approved physician.
Our helpful and knowledgeable phone staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will follow up with you to ensure that you have everything you need to apply for your ID card. Simply call us at 484-346-5140 to set up an evaluation.
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How to get a medical marijuana card online in Pennsylvania
Register online for the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program
Register with the state using your PA driver’s license or state ID number along with providing your current address. It is important to list your name exactly as it appears on your ID and that your address is recognized by the United States Postal Service. Write down your patient ID number.
Attend a Evaluation Online With an Approved Physician
Your physician will determine if you qualify for the medical marijuana program. If approved, your doctor will certify you in the PA Department of Health’s system. You will receive an email confirmation that lists the next steps, such as paying the $50 card fee.
Receive Your Patient Certification and Complete Registration
After your doctor certifies you for medical cannabis, they will certify you in the PA Department of Health's system. You will receive an email confirmation that lists the next steps, such as paying the $50 registration fee.
Receive Your Card and Purchase Medical Marijuana
After you submit your registration, the state will mail your ID card within 14 days. Once you receive your PA medical marijuana card, you can purchase medical marijuana at any licensed dispensary in Pennsylvania.
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About Medical Marijuana in PA
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program is overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Any adult who is a Pennsylvania resident and has a qualifying condition may be eligible for the program. However, they will need to receive a patient certification before visiting a dispensary.
With a medical marijuana ID card, you can purchase up to a 30-day supply of multiple types of cannabis products—topical, edible, and smokable. Recreational cannabis remains illegal in Pennsylvania, and it is also illegal to cultivate marijuana unless the DOH provides explicit authorization.
Call or text (484) 346-5140 with any questions and to schedule your evaluation!
Pennsylvania 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.
PA Medical Marijuana Card Renewal
Renewing your medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania is simple. It only requires obtaining an updated certificate and paying the renewal fee. Once enrolled in the state’s registry, you can remain a patient as long as you choose to.
Your certification must be renewed every 12 months to purchase cannabis at a dispensary in PA. This interval protects patient safety by requiring a reassessment to ensure medical marijuana remains safe and effective in each individual case.
You will receive an email reminder about renewing your card 60 days before your certificate expires. You can then book an online appointment with any of the Sanctuary’s registered medical marijuana doctors. This visit will resemble the initial consultation.
The Department of Health will also send an email reminder 30 days before your renewal payment is due. You can then log in to your account and ensure a valid form of payment is on file. Paying your $50 renewal fee within 30 days of this notice will prevent your card from expiring.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and your response to medical marijuana treatment. You can ask questions about dosing and side effects based on your experiences. The doctor will transmit your certification to the registry. It will automatically link to your account.
Be sure to confirm your address on file is accurate. The state will automatically mail you a new card if your doctor’s certificate is up-to-date and your payment is accepted.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Caregiver
Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Pennsylvania are individuals who register with the state’s medical marijuana program to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of minors, homebound adults, and those who require assistance due to a disability. Only individuals over 21 years old with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license or state-issued ID can become registered caregivers.
- Register with the Department of Health as a caregiver. You will need to provide the name of the patient you’ll be assisting, their program ID number, and your name and address to set up your account.
- Complete a criminal background check through the state's vendor. Individuals convicted of a criminal offense within the past five years for selling or possessing drugs or controlled substances cannot become caregivers. Background checks take up to six weeks to process after your fingerprinting appointment.
- The state will contact you by email once you pass the background check. You can then pay the $50 registration fee. Caregiver medical marijuana cards have annual expiration dates.
- Schedule an online appointment with one of our doctors.
You can only enter dispensaries and purchase marijuana as a caregiver if your account is associated with a registered patient. If you serve as the caregiver to an adult, they can link you as their caregiver through their online account to authorize you to purchase cannabis products on their behalf. Minors or adults with disabilities must register with you as their caregiver to become patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
One way to find a physician to certify you in Pennsylvania is to consult the Department of Health's list of approved medical marijuana practitioners, but the quickest way to connect with a doctor who can certify you for the PA medical marijuana program is to call The Sanctuary Wellness Institute at (484) 346-5140 to schedule a same-day telemedicine appointment.
As a medical marijuana patient, you are not required to complete a criminal background check. However, those registering as a caregiver on behalf of another PA MMJ patient must complete a criminal background check and must not have been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics, or a controlled substance in the last five years.
It is possible to get your medical marijuana card online by registering with the PA Department of Health, scheduling a telemedicine appointment with a PA MMJ licensed physician, and then paying your state fee after certification approval.
Yes, minors can obtain medical marijuana as long as they have a registered caregiver to purchase medical marijuana on their behalf. Caregivers are required to register with the PA DOH and be approved by the state before they can purchase MMJ for the minor patient.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health will collect a $50 fee to start your application process after receiving your physician’s certification. Your fee could be reduced or waived completely if you participate in certain assistance programs, such as Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute has compiled a list of medical marijuana dispensaries within Pennsylvania on our website. Pennsylvania's Department of Health website also offers an interactive map of the state's medical marijuana dispensary locations.
Each PA MMJ dispensary have a licensed pharmacist to discuss product types and usage best suiting your qualifying medical condition.
Places to Visit in PA After Enjoying Your Medicine
Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, is home to major cities, beautiful forests, countless historical sites, and unique attractions. While many pivotal movements in American history occurred in Pennsylvania, the state also offers top-of-the-line entertainment venues, thrilling amusement parks, and uniquely American communities.
Registered patients can shop at any dispensary in Pennsylvania with their card and uncover unique experiences after each visit because of the wide range of urban and rural settings. Beyond the adventure, visiting new dispensaries can help you find different brands and products.
The City of Brotherly Love is home to Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers met to sign the Declaration of Independence and draft the Constitution. The site is also home to the Liberty Bell, an essential stop on any visit to Philadelphia.
In addition, you can visit the Museum of Art and pose with the iconic Rocky statue at the top of the steps made famous in the movie. The spot provides a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline.
The city boasts an array of delicious cuisine, from regional favorites like Philly Cheese steaks and Tomato Pies to upscale dining and culturally diverse street food.
Located deep in southern Pennsylvania, Gettysburg is home to the historical battlefield where Union and Confederate forces fought a pivotal conflict in 1863. You can tour the historic site, experience living history exhibits, and visit museums chronicling the momentous Civil War battle.
The town offers excellent camping, cabin, RV, and hotel options with serene hiking and biking trails throughout the surrounding forests. Downtown Gettysburg has unique shops featuring regional items, antiques, and excellent dining options.
Hershey park, the signature attraction in Hershey, is a world-class amusement park celebrating the famous candy brand. While there, you can enjoy thrilling rides, family-friendly shows, and the water park.
The town is also home to Chocolate World, where you can learn about chocolate creation and design your own candy bar before visiting their phenomenal confectionery shop for Hershey-inspired treats.
You can then relax with a stroll through Hershey Gardens and its indoor Butterfly Atrium, home to more than 500 butterflies and beautiful flora. The Hershey Story Museum honors the life of Milton Hershey, his chocolate company, and the town he founded.
Valley Forge's main attraction, the historical park, is where the Continental Army camped under George Washington's leadership through the grueling winter of 1777 and 1778. After touring the park and interactive exhibits, you can visit the sprawling King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail space in the United States.
The 16-acre Elmwood Zoo is home to giraffes, bison, alligators, owls, and a jaguar. You can even feed giraffes from a raised platform. The Legoland Discovery Center features an interactive ride, an indoor Lego playground, 4D cinema, and a 1.5 million Lego brick replica of Philadelphia.
Lancaster, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is home to one of the oldest Amish communities in the country. After touring farms and shopping for handcrafted goods sold by Amish vendors, you can enjoy the town's other top-end attractions.
The Turkey Hill Experience features a tour of the ice cream makers' facilities and an interactive exhibit where you can design your own flavor. Lancaster is also home to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which chronicles the history of locomotives, and the National Civil War Museum, which features exhibits on soldiers' lives and the Reconstruction Era.