What is a Caregiver?
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, which authorized the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create the Office of Medical Marijuana. Under the Medical Marijuana Program, patients, who are residents of the commonwealth and have a serious medical condition as certified by a physician will be able to obtain medical marijuana at approved dispensaries in the commonwealth with their Department-issued medical marijuana ID card.
Caregivers may serve patients under the age of 18 and patients who are unable to obtain medical marijuana product without assistance.
A patient can designate a caregiver to obtain their medical marijuana product. A caregiver must be at least 21 years old, register with the Department, complete a background check and be issued their own medical marijuana ID card. Minors, homebound individuals and patients with a designated caregiver will have the caregiver obtain their medical marijuana product at an approved dispensary. A registered caregiver may be designated by up to 5 patients and a patient can designate up to 2 caregivers.
No Card for Minors:
No qualified patient under the age of 18 will be issued an ID card; minors will have a designated caregiver who may be a parent, legal guardian, or a designee approved by the Department.
Patients unable to obtain medical marijuana independently will not be issued an ID card. Patients who are homebound will have a designated caregiver to obtain their medical marijuana.
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 patients and caregiver registry.
Complete a criminal background check.
Complete an ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form if necessary.
Enture your patient has a patient certification.
Return to the Patient and Caregiver Registry and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.
Important Registration Links:
Caregiver Registration for Individuals Requiring In-Home Support, For a Minor, or For a Person With a Disability (New Caregiver Registering for Existing Patient): https://padohmmp.custhelp.com/app/minor-homebond-patient-caregiver-registration
Caregiver Registration for Individuals Requiring In-Home Support, For a Minor, or For a Person With a Disability (New Caregiver Registering for NEW Patient): https://padohmmp.custhelp.com/app/minor-patient-registration