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Why is medical marijuana legal in PA?
Studies have shown that medical marijuana can assist patients suffering from certain serious medical conditions by alleviating pain and improving their quality of life. Under Act 16 of 2016 (the Act or Medical Marijuana Program), the term “medical marijuana” refers to marijuana obtained for a certified medical use by a Pennsylvania resident with a serious medical condition and is limited by statute in Pennsylvania to the following forms:
- topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments;
- a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form;
- tincture; and
How do patients obtain medical marijuana?
In order to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program, patients must:
- Register with the PA department of Health.
- Obtain a physician’s certification that they suffer from one of the 17 serious medical conditions, as defined in the Act.
- Apply for a medical marijuana ID card and submit the application fee.
- Obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary located in the commonwealth that has a valid permit issued by the PA Department of Health.
This process is still being developed by the PA Department of Health. The department will communicate with the public as the registration process becomes available. Stay up-to-date HERE.
What is considered a "serious medical condition?"
The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intractable Seizures
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
- Sickle Cell Anemia