Watch this overview of the Medical Marijuana Program, which was signed into law on April 17, 2016.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS WHO ARE REGISTERING
Please ensure you enter the information EXACTLY as it appears on your PA driver’s license or PennDOT-issued ID card.
Type in ALL CAPS when entering your information.
Do not use spaces between the numbers in the driver’s license or PennDOT-issued ID card number.
Do not use punctuation such as periods or commas in your address.
Example: your address is listed as 100 E MAIN ST on your driver’s license – do not spell out EAST or STREET – must be exactly as it appears.
How to Get Medical Marijuana
Patients that want to participate in the medical marijuana program must follow these steps:
- First, visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a patient profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.
- Next, obtain a physician’s certification that you suffer from one of the 17 serious medical conditions.
- Then, return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.
- Obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania.
Caregivers that want to participate in the medical marijuana program must follow these steps:
- First, visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a caregiver profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.
- Next, complete a criminal background check.
- Then, complete an ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form, if necessary.
- Ensure your patient has a patient certification.
- Return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry, and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.
See an example of how to use the Patient and Caregivers Registry (animation).
Watch this instructional video from Lolly Bentch, patient liaison for the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana program, on how to register as a patient or caregiver.
The Pennsylvania Safe Harbor Letter is available to parents, legal guardians, caregivers and spouses of a minor under the age of 18 who suffers from one of the 17 serious medical conditions defined in the Medical Marijuana Act.
Applying for Safe Harbor
Prior to beginning the Safe Harbor Letter application process, please make sure you have all of the required documents and information necessary to submit your application.
All applicants will need:
- Completed electronic copy of the Safe Harbor Physician form (PDF).
- Completed electronic copy of Pennsylvania background check (instructions , PDF).
- Legal guardians will need an electronic copy of their guardianship papers.
- Caregivers will need an electronic copy of their caregiver status (PDF).
- Spouses will need an electronic copy of their marriage certificate.
Further Resources for Patients and Caregivers
- Patient and Caregiver Registry
- Approved Practitioners (PDF)
- Information for Patients Brochure (PDF)
- Safe Harbor Letter Application
- Letter to Doctors (PDF)
- Draft Temporary Guidelines for the Safe Harbor Letter
- Department of Health Announces Completion of Temporary Guidelines for Safe Harbor Provision of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program
- Temporary Regulations – Safe Harbor (PDF)
- Temporary Regulations – General Provisions (PDF)
The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education support the administration of medical marijuana under a Safe Harbor Letter to students with serious medical conditions and the maintenance of a safe environment for other students while on school property. The below guidance provides information to school administrators to assist them in developing policies for the administration of medical marijuana on school property.
Recommended Guidance: A parent, legal guardian or caregiver may administer medical marijuana to their child/student on school premises provided that the parent, legal guardian or caregiver: (1) provides the school principal with a copy of the Safe Harbor Letter; and (2) notifies the school principal, in advance, of each instance in which the parent or caregiver will administer the medical marijuana to the child/student. The school principal shall provide notification to the school nurse in each instance a parent or caregiver will be administering medical marijuana to the child/student as well. The parent/caregiver shall follow all school protocols applicable to visitors to the school during the school day.
A parent, legal guardian or caregiver shall bring to the school and administer the medical marijuana to their child/student without creating a distraction, and shall promptly remove any excess medical marijuana and related materials from the school premises after the administration of medical marijuana is complete. The school shall provide a secure and private location for the parent/legal guardian/caregiver to administer the medical marijuana to the student.
Students themselves shall not be permitted to possess any form of medical marijuana at any time on school property or during any school activities on school property.
Expiration: The recommended guidance will remain in effect until the Pennsylvania Department of Education promulgates regulations regarding the possession and use of medical marijuana in the commonwealth’s schools.