Pennsylvania has legalized medical marijuana (Medical Marijuana Act, 35 P.S. Section 10: 231.101
) for individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions and illnesses. I have highlighted these illnesses and conditions in a previous article and I encourage you to read it for more information. I also enourage you to read my article on how medical marijuana can affect your gun permit in the Commonwealth and my article on CBD oil vs. THC (great information on DUI as well)
If a person is eligible for this controversial drug, he or she must obtain an identification card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to lawfully use medical marijuana. Remember, marijuana is a controlled substance (Schedule I) and it is still a crime to possess it without a prescription, even if the law indicates that you are eligible to consume it based on a prior, existing, or new condition.
The Procedure Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Identification Card
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has developed a specific procedure for someone to obtain an ID card. To obtain an ID card a patient must complete an application which is available on the department’s website. If the patient has a caregiver, the patient and the caregiver must submit separate applications and, if approved, they will each receive a card. Each application must include the following: