How Can I Get Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
If you are looking to become a medical cannabis patient during the pandemic, you can now do it from the comfort of your own home in the state of Pennsylvania.
This is thanks to the relaxed regulations that Gov. Wolf enacted under the state’s Disaster Proclamation in March. With other changes, physicians registered with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program are now allowed to certify new patients and re-certify existing patients by conducting a remote consultation over video chat or the telephone.
Before the change in regulation, patients needed to be certified by having and in-person visit with the certifying physician. These regulations will continue until the Governor’s disaster proclamation ends.
With the directive that medical cannabis dispensaries are deemed necessary and remain open to patients, Pennsylvania providers are completing Appointments over video chat or the phone — as part of the state’s efforts to support social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.
We have discovered our patients and communities to be settling in and adapting to our new, hopefully, temporary policies of staying in and social distancing. With more free time on their hands and the allowance of telemedicine for medical cannabis certifications, patients have been reaching out at a steady pace to get certified.
We have made it a very simple process for our patients, giving them access to the medicine that is critical to their health and wellbeing.
How do I get certified in Pennsylvania for medical marijuana now?
Here is a guide to what you need to know:
” Do I qualify for a medical marijuana card?“
Across the country, people are turning to medical cannabis to ease their anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis. CBD and hemp oils have also become popular for managing stress. This does not seem to be about getting high, it seems that more and more people are turning to cannabis to just simply be well.
In Pennsylvania, you need to have at least one of the 23 qualifying conditions listed by the Pennsylvania department of health. Patients suffering from conditions such as, anxiety disorders, severe chronic or intractable pain, PTSD, cancer to name a few would qualify under the program.
As part of the process, you will need to be able to provide medical records documenting your diagnosis. Medical records may be obtained through your provider’s online portal or reaching out to them directly.