Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. Medical marijuana Act(SB 3) was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. The bill takes effect 30 days after signing which is May 17th, and the Dept. of Health will have 6 months to craft temporary regulations. Implementation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Program is expected between 18-24 months after signing.

Approved Conditions

  • Terminal illness
  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Intractable seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Autism
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective

Possession by Qualified Patients

  • Doctors may prescribe marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions in pill, oil, ointment form, or a liquid form that can be vaporized and inhaled.
  • Smoking will not be allowed.
  • Patients will not be able to grow their own plants.

Requirements to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card

  • May possess a total of no more than 24 ounces of usable marijuana, and no more than 15 plants

Requirements to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card

  • Patient must be under the continuing care of a physician who is registered with the Department of Health.
  • Patient must include a signed certification by the physician stating that the patient has a serious medical condition.