Pennsylvania voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, and Pennsylvania Dispensaries opened in early 2018. There are now 198 MMJ dispensaries open for business in the state.
PA MMJ dispensaries sell a wide range of medical marijuana products that treat symptoms from a long list of qualifying medical conditions. Recently, Patient Readers in Pennsylvania have made MMJ cards available to many PA residents.
Pennsylvania Patient Drives
Patient drives in Pennsylvania have helped thousands of people benefit from MMJ treatment in PA. But what are Pennsylvania patient readers? Why are Pennsylvania patient drive events great for patients and dispensaries? And where and how do you get involved in collecting MMJ patients in PA?
What are Pennsylvania Patient Readers?
So what is a PA Patient Reader? A PA patient drive is an event held in Pennsylvania where people who sign up to participate can have a short consultation with an MMJ-certified physician. This consultation is specifically focused on the person who becomes a PA MMJ patient.
Why are Pennsylvania patient drive events great for patients and dispensaries?
Patient drive events in Pennsylvania are great for patients because:
- Not all doctors in Pennsylvania can prescribe medical marijuana. Patient readers ensure access to MMJ doctors for patients specifically interested in MMJ treatment
- Consultations with MMJ drives patients in PA tend to be faster than consultations with a doctor
- Not all patients have internet access to have an online consultation
- Some patients live in remote areas, far from the nearest doctor’s office
- Patient readers educate and enlighten potential MMJ patients on MMJ treatment
Pennsylvania patient drive events are great for dispensaries because:
- They create new medical marijuana patients
- They give dispensaries the opportunity to promote to potential customers
Where and how do you get involved with a reader of MMJ patients in PA?
You can get involved in an MMJ patient drive in Pennsylvania by registering to attend the event, online or by phone. You can find out where and when a patient pickup is taking place by searching online and/or contacting your local MMJ dispensary.
Who can prescribe medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?
Only physicians licensed to prescribe medical marijuana in Pennsylvania can do so. Not all PA physicians are licensed to perform this service.
How do I apply for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online?
You can get a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online by having a telemedicine consultation with a PA MMJ doctor through the MMJRecs Online Clinic. This consultation takes place remotely by video call.
Once the MMJ doctor verifies your medical condition and suitability for medical marijuana treatment, they will generate a unique medical marijuana recommendation that you can access on the Pennsylvania State Patient Portal.
Alternatively, you can head to the next MMJ patient drive in PA to apply!
What are the eligibility requirements for an MMJ card from Pennsylvania?
You may want to attend a patient drive in Pennsylvania if you have a medical condition that qualifies you for a PA MMJ card. You will be eligible for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card if you have one or more of the following medical conditions:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Anxiety disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Damage to nerve tissue in the central nervous system
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Refractory crises
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Opioid use disorder
- Parkinson’s disease
- Intense or intractable chronic pain
- sickle cell anemia
- terminal illness
- Tourette’s syndrome
How much does a Pennsylvania MMJ card cost?
Pennsylvania MMJ cards are $50. You may qualify for a discounted medical card if you participate in Medicaid.
Can out-of-state cardholders purchase MMJ in PA?
No, Pennsylvania does not reciprocate medical marijuana cards. This means that out-of-state cardholders cannot purchase medical marijuana products from Pennsylvania dispensaries.
Do Pennsylvania dispensaries accept credit cards?
Pennsylvania dispensaries do not directly accept credit cards. They are technically cash only. However, most PA dispensaries either have registries that function as mini ATMs or an on-site ATM.
What products do PA MMJ dispensaries sell?
Once you get your medical card after a telemedicine consultation or attend an MMJ patient drive in Pennsylvania, you can purchase any of the following at Pennsylvania dispensaries:
- cannabis flower
- Tinctures and liquids
- Pills and capsules
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