We offer all the necessary services to obtain a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card at each of our locations, and handle the entire process on your behalf.
Medical Marijuana Certifications
Whether an existing diagnosis exists or one is needed, our doctors can help patients with every step of the process to get them certified for the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program. Our team handles everything from new applications, to renewals and more. We process the entire application on your behalf, and help ever type of patient including standard civilians, veterans, minors, and caregivers.
Functional medicine is a new, holistic form of medicine that treats the entire patient, not just the pathology or disease. By developing a timeline of the patients life and obtaining a thorough and comprehensive history, physician’s are able to tailor treatments and provide personalized advice to help patients reach their treatment goals.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severely debilitating medical condition characterized by night terrors, flashbacks to traumatic event, fear, anxiety, stress and insomnia. Marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of PTSD and is a qualifying condition in the state of Pennsylvania. Our healthcare team at Compassionate Clinics of America can guide you the patient process in order to access a new form of treatment that many prefer over traditional antidepressant and benzodiazepine medicines.
Medical Marijuana Patient Consultations
Aftercare is a huge concern for many participating in the PA Medical Marijuana program. That is why our healthcare specialists offer a wide range of consulting services in order to help people determine what marijuana products are best suited for each individual, according to their own unique symptoms, ailments and needs.
Reiki is an effective healing modality originating from Eastern Asia some thousands of years ago. Practitioners help exploit vital life force energy to help patients suffering from a variety of physical, mental and spiritual disease. A formative and developing therapy, Compassionate Clinics of America strive to provide the most efficacious and informative Reiki services.
This section is where you will find the answers to the most common questions regarding obtaining a medical marijuana certification in the state of Pennsylvania. You may also contact Compassionate Clinics of America at (888) 372-0325. Additional information may be found by contacting the State Of Pennsylvania Department of Public Health at (877) PA-HEALTH.
On the Registry Details section of your Registry page, if you are registered as a patient, there is a tab that says “Caregivers”; if you are registered as a caregiver, there is a tab that says “Patients”. Click the tab, and the list of caregivers or patients will be displayed.
Individuals registering as a patient should use a trusted email address that can be easily accessed.
Only if a patient registers using their caregiver’s email address. In that scenario, the patient’s registration cannot be activated until after the caregiver’s registrant profile is created, the caregiver is linked to the patient by the physician, and the caregiver’s registration is approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Otherwise, all registrants must use a unique email address for their account.
No. Only caregivers who have been linked to a patient by the patient’s physician and have had their registration approved by the Board of Pharmacy are eligible to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of their patient(s).
No. Your username will be the email address associated with your account. Each Registrant account will have its own unique username. NOTE: Changing your email address will also change your username. Please be aware of any autofill settings your web browser may have.
A “serious medical condition” under the law is any one of the following:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
- Cancer, including remission therapy;
- Crohn’s disease;
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies;
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders;
- HIV / AIDS;
- 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.
The Act defines a “caregiver” as an individual 21 years of age or older unless otherwise authorized by the department, who is:
- Designated by a patient;
- A parent, legal guardian or spouse of a patient that is under the age of 18; and/or
- Designated to be a caregiver by a parent, legal guardian or spouse of an individual approved by the department if no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available.
Caregivers must register with the department and complete a criminal history background check in order to receive a medical marijuana ID card.
Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a caregiver.
The Patient and Caregivers Registry is an online database created to allow patients and caregivers to participate in the medical marijuana program.
Your patient profile contains all your relevant patient information. Each time you log onto the patient and caregiver registry, you will be able to access this information.
If you are a patient or caregiver of a patient, you need to create a profile in the registry and complete the registration process to participate in the program.
A practitioner approved by the Department of Health can issue a patient certification. The certification confirms that you have one of the 21 serious medical conditions defined in the Act and that medical marijuana may benefit you. You cannot participate in the program without a patient certification.
No. You should create your patient profile before obtaining a patient certification. However, to complete registration you will need a patient certification from an approved practitioner. If you do not have an approved practitioner, contact us to schedule an appointment.
If you do not have an approved practitioner, you can schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at any of our conveniently located clinics.
You may register for the Pennsylvania program through us by calling or scheduling an appointment.
Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a caregiver apply on their behalf. Patients over the age of 18 (and caregivers) need to have proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state-issued identification card with their current address.
If you are home-bound, you may either register yourself and designate up to two caregivers or you may have a caregiver apply on your behalf. Your caregiver, once approved, can pick up your medical marijuana at an approved dispensary.
Yes. Patients under the age of 18 with a serious medical condition may get medical marijuana through a caregiver.
Minors under the age of 18 require a caregiver to register on their behalf. If you are the minor’s parent, legal guardian or spouse you can serve as your minor’s caregiver by registering as their caregiver. If you are not the minor’s parent, legal guardian or spouse, an ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form must be completed. This form can be downloaded from the caregiver’s profile. Once completed, you will upload the form in your caregiver profile.
If the patient is under the age of 18, they are required to have a caregiver apply on their behalf. If a patient is 18 years of age or older and able to register themselves, they may do so. If they cannot, a caregiver may register for them.
You are not required to complete a background check if you are registering as a patient. However, all caregivers must complete a background check, and any criminal record will be reviewed prior to their approval.
You should receive your card approximately 7-10 days after you order it online. The card will be mailed to the address in your patient profile.
The fee for the card is $50. Individuals providing evidence that they participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card: Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.
Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. There is a link on the registration page that allows you to request an email with your username or to request an email that allows you to reset your password. When you request a new password, you will receive an email that takes you to the page that allows you to enter a new password and re-enter it as confirmation. The link in this email will only work once and expires 24 hours after you request it. You will need to use a computer (not a tablet or a phone) to reset your password.
Most people receive their card within 10 days of paying for the card, although it sometimes takes longer. If 18 days have passed since you have paid for the card, check your debit/credit card statement to make sure your payment was processed, and contact us at RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov to request a replacement card. Cards are mailed to the address in your patient/caregiver account.
Replacement cards are $25 for a first replacement and $50 for each additional replacement. As soon as you request a replacement, your old card will be deactivated for security reasons and will no longer work even if you find it. To request a replacement card, email us at RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov.
Once you have received your medical marijuana ID card, you can purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary in Pennsylvania that has been issued a permit by the Department of Health.
In order to register as a patient’s caregiver, you must have proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state-issued identification card with your current address.
Your caregiver profile will contain all relevant caregiver information and will be stored in the patient and caregiver registry.
Adult patients can designate any individual as their caregiver. All caregivers must complete a background check. If you are a caregiver for a minor but not the patient’s parent, legal guardian or spouse, you will need to be designated as a third-party caregiver. This is done by filling out an authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form. Once completed, you will upload the form back in your caregiver profile.
All caregivers must complete a background check. Any criminal record will be reviewed prior to approval. You cannot be approved as a caregiver if you have been convicted of a criminal offense that occurred within the last five years relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics or controlled substances.
Yes. Caregivers may provide care for up to five patients.
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act creates the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board within the Department of Health. Members include the Secretary of Health; the Physician General; State Police Commissioner; Chair of the State Board of Pharmacy; Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs; President of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association; President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association; members to be appointed by the Governor and six appointees from the legislative caucuses who are knowledgeable and experienced in issues relating to care and treatment of individuals with a serious medical condition, geriatric or pediatric or clinical research. One member appointed by the Governor shall be a patient, a family or household member of a patient or a patient advocate.
The states that Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board shall have the following duties:
- To examine and analyze the statutory and regulatory law relating to medical marijuana with this Commonwealth.
- To examine and analyze the law and events in other states and the nation with respect to medical marijuana.
- To accept and review written comments from individuals and organizations about medical marijuana.
- To issue, two years after the effective date of this section, a written report to the Governor, the Senate and the House of Representatives.