Getting Certified

The following details the the prerequisites for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.


Qualifying Medical Conditions

In order to be eligible for the PA Medical Marijuana program you must have a certified doctors diagnosis of one of the following conditions:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • 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


In addition to having a diagnosis of a Qualifying Medical Conditions you will need to see a practitioner who is licensed to prescribe medical cannabis.

You can use our tool to find a practitioner or you can find the most up-to-date practitioner list through your account at the Department of Health's Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program website.


You may designate up to two caregivers to assist you in obtaining medical marijuana. Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a caregiver. Caregivers will also have to register for the medical marijuana program and all caregivers must complete a background check before being approved.

Obtaining the Patient Card

Once you have been certified by an approved physician, the next step is to return to the Medical Marijuana Registry and complete your application for a medical marijuana ID card.

The cost of a medical marijuana ID card is $50. Patients who participate in assistance programs including Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC may be eligible for fee reductions.

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Last Updated: 12/16/2018, 5:03:33 PM