Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card
Effective April 17, 2016, Senate Bill 2 removes all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana “may mitigate” his/her debilitating medical symptoms. * The Pennsylvania Marijuana Registry is mandatory — all patients MUST register.

As the passing of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law is still very recent, there is currently no medical marijuana patient registry open to administer qualified patients with the appropriate state I.D. card. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has indicated that the establishment of the program may take between 18-24 months. Once the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program (PMMP) has been fully implemented, the Patient Registry Program will begin accepting applications.


  1. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition —
  2. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania — *Find a certified 
  3. Patients must be a resident in the state of New York with proof of residency. If you do not have a New Jersey I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  4. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
    • Cancer
    • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
    • Epilepsy
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Neuropathies
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Intractable seizures
    • Glaucoma
    • Sickle cell anemia
    • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention or opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
    • Autism
    • Terminally ill, where a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course
  5. The patient registry application fee is $50 — the registry is mandatory, and as of this time it is unknown whether the state will accept out-of-state registry cards.
  6. Once the PMMP has been fully implemented, details will be made available as to where and how, to submit an application for the Patient Registry:

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH