Is medical marijuana legal in PA?
Currently medical marijuana is not federally or recreationally legal and you need a card by an approved physician. Pennsylvania residents with a serious medical condition that is approved by the Department of Health can be certified by a doctor to participate in the PA Medical Marijuana Program.
Do you offer flexibility in pricing or price matching?
At CCC, we take pride in the quality and care we provide to our patients and always adhere to the regulations set by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure all necessary steps are taken. We do not cut corners, which reflects in our pricing. We also offer price matching. For more details, please call us at 888-316-9085.
Will I need a PA medical card once it becomes recreational?
No, however patients that have a PA medical marijuana card will have priority and lower prices in medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as access to financial assistance through the state’s MMAP (Medical Marijuana Assistance Program).
How do you get your medical marijuana card in PA?
- Register with the state by visiting the Department of Health’s (DOH) website here
- Sign up with CCC by calling us at 888-316-9085 or visiting us at www.cccregister.com
- Appointment (telemedicine or in office) once you get approval you’ll need to pay the DOH fee
- Receive your medical marijuana card and visit any dispensary in PA
What are the qualifying conditions in PA?
A person with an approved serious medical condition who is a Pennsylvania resident and is certified by a doctor can participate in the program.
A “serious medical condition” under the law is any one of the following:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Anxiety Disorders
- Cancer, including remission therapy
- Chronic Hepatitis C
- 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 (MS)
- 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 (PTSD)
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Terminal Illness
- Tourette’s Syndrome
How do I register with the department of health?
Go to www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov, click apply for ID/Access account. You will then select the option to register as an “adult patient “ After your information is entered You will create a username and password and be given a Patient ID Number.
Caregiver Registration- For any minors or patients requiring assistance accessing the dispensary they can have a caregiver assigned to go on your behalf. The caregiver will then register as “caregiver registering for an existing patient” or “caregiver registering for a new patient”
Caregivers require an additional step after registering and creating their profile to obtain a caregiver card which is completing a background check and finger printing process. At the bottom of your profile settings, you will see a “access background” option that will walk you through this process.
How to become a caregiver in PA?
Some patients choose to have – or are required to have – a designated caregiver who can purchase cannabis on their behalf. They’re also allowed to transport it and prepare it for patient use.
In Pennsylvania, patients can designate up to two caregivers. Minors are required to have a caregiver. If you are required to have a primary caregiver to help obtain and administer your cannabis, you will need to register your qualified caregiver before the Department will complete your registration certificate.
The registration process to become a caregiver in Pennsylvania depends on whether you will be caring for an existing patient or a new patient. Approval of a caregiver application takes 4-6 weeks, at which point you will receive notification and be asked to pay any applicable fees to obtain your medical marijuana caregiver card.
To qualify as your caregiver, they must:
- be responsible for the management of the wellbeing of the registered patient concerning their palliative use of cannabis,
- be at least 21 years of age (some exceptions may be allowed),
- be a Pennsylvania resident with a valid PA identification and address,
- complete a criminal history background check,
- register for an ID card that will allow for the purchase and pick up of medical cannabis at PA dispensaries.
- use the patient’s cannabis,
- be the patient’s doctor,
- purchase more than the maximum amount allowed for the patient,
- provide care for more than 5 medical marijuana patients,
- have a criminal conviction in the last 5 years relating to the sale or possession of a controlled substance.
The caregiver application fee is $50.
How to renew your PA medical marijuana card?
Thankfully, the process for how to renew your Pennsylvania medical cannabis card isn’t complicated. And CCC makes the process even easier!
- The state of Pennsylvania and CCC will send you an email reminder when it’s time to renew,
- Sign into CCC to meet with one of our state-certified medical practitioners,
- Follow the provided steps to complete your med card renewal with the state.
Whether you got your initial recommendation with CCC or another doctor or service in the state, our medical marijuana doctors are standing by.
What do I need for my appointment?
You will need a valid, PA ID along with medical documentation verifying your qualifying condition. No documentation? No problem we offer $25 evaluation based on your condition.
Do I need a referral from a marijuana doctor in PA?
No, you can schedule an appointment with us to receive your certification, insurance does not cover cannabis appointments as its still considered federally illegal. Many patients come to us already with a diagnosis from another physician, we can potentially provide you a diagnosis for a small $25 fee.
What do I do once a doctor issues my certification?
You will then log back into the profile you created and select the “make a payment” tab. There will be a $50 fee for your card to be mailed. However, patient who receive Medicaid, pace, chip, snap or wic benefits they will select that option and your $50 fee will be waived. (Please note it can take up to 3 weeks for your card to be received)
How much will this cost to see a medical marijuana doctor?
Initial doctor visits are $150. Every year you need to return to CCC to obtain a recertification for a new card for a $125 fee. Insurance does not cover the cost of the visit.
What if I lose my medical marijuana card?
Replacing your lost card is easy. Log into your Department of Health profile, under profile settings, select “request replacement”. Confirm the address on file and a fee of $25 will appear in the make payment tab. This needs to be completed before the replacement card will be sent. Once the payment is processed the replacement card will be mailed to the address you confirmed, typically arriving in 7-10 days. Please note that while CCC is a separate entity from the Department of Health, and does not mail the card, our team is happy to help you through the process should you need it. For more information, please call us at 888-316-9085.
What if I forgot my username or password?
Under the account sign in section, you will see a “forgot your username or password link”.
If you forgot your username, you would enter the email address you registered with, and your username will be emailed to you.
If you forgot your password, you would enter in your username and a “reset my password” link will be emailed to you.
If the patient is a minor or homebound, how do they get medical marijuana?
Patients under 18 years old CAN be certified to use medical marijuana if they have any of the states qualifying conditions. They also must have a caregiver who is approved by the department of health in order to obtain medical marijuana. PA state law does not allow minors to certify for anxiety, if you have additional questions, please contact us at 888.316.9085.
A “caregiver” who is designated by the patient and approved by the department will be able to obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary located in the commonwealth that has a validly issued permit from the department in order for the caregiver to deliver medical marijuana to the patient.
Medical vs Recreational, what is the advantage of being a medical marijuana patient?
There are numerous advantages of being a medical marijuana patient vs a recreational user based on other states programs.
- Medical marijuana patients often have higher purchase and possession limit.
- In most states medical marijuana patients can access cannabis at 18 while laws restrict recreational cannabis to 21 and over.
- In some states Medical Marijuana patients can cultivate more plants.
- Medical Patients are most often exempt from taxes ultimately making the marijuana much cheaper to purchase.
- Having a medical card allows you to use It in states where they have a reciprocity program.
What is CCC’s service area?
We are able to see and certify patients anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania via our simple and convenient virtual Telehealth appointments. All you need is access to a smartphone or computer with internet and a camera. For PA residents who prefer to meet with a doctor in person, we also have an office located in Butler, PA at 220 S. Main Street, Suite 105, Butler, PA 16001.
What are the approved ways to consume medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program has approved the following methods of consumption for patients. While there are more ways to consume medical marijuana, patients are only legally permitted to do so in PA under the following methods:
- Sublingual (placed under the tongue): Oils and Tinctures
- Oral: Pills or Capsules
- Inhaled: Extracts or Vapes
- Topicals: Creams or Patches
Can I go to the dispensary before my medical marijuana card arrives?
No, in order to enter a PA dispensary, you must have on you both a valid medical marijuana card and photo ID or driver’s license. Your card will typically arrive by mail from the state within two weeks of certification.
Why is the state fee separate from the appointment fee?
Certification organizations, like CCC, and the PA Department of Health are separate entities. Your certification fee is for seeing a certifying physician, while the DOH fee is for the State and physical card you receive in the mail.
Why do I have to renew my card every year?
The PA Department of Health requires each medical marijuana patient to see their doctor once a year as part of the program guidelines. This annual checkup is when you will meet again with a certifying physician to review your progress and make any adjustments and renew your certification for an additional year if you choose.
Am I limited to one dispensary only when my card arrives?
No. As a certified PA medical marijuana patient, you can visit any dispensary in the state of Pennsylvania. View a list of all PA dispensaries.
What can I expect my first visit to the dispensary to be like?
We highly recommend to our patients that you see a pharmacist on your very first visit to a dispensary. This way you can discuss what ailments you are seeking to treat, and they will make recommendations of the best products and method of administration for your needs.
Can I travel out of state with medical marijuana, or access another State's dispensaries?
The answer varies based on each State’s laws for medical marijuana patients. Patients are recommended to fully review each state’s requirements and if they accept Pennsylvania medical cardholders prior to traveling across states with medical marijuana. If you would like help with this question, please contact our team for assistance.