How to Obtain a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

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The Medical Marijuana Program has been providing access to medical marijuana for patients with a serious medical condition through a safe and effective method of delivery that balances patient need for access to the latest treatments with patient care and safety.

The Act defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Autism

  • Cancer, including remission therapy

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies

  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders

  • Epilepsy

  • Glaucoma

  • HIV / AIDS

  • Huntington’s disease

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Intractable seizures

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Neuropathies

  • Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Terminal illness

Here is a complete step by step guide on how to obtain your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card:

1.  Patients are first required to register with the Department of Health as a qualifying patient. Here is the direct link to the registry: https://padohmmp.custhelp.com/app/login.  The site is VERY particular with how you enter your information so please enter  EXACTLY as it appears on your Pennsylvania 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.

2. After you create a profile, you must make an appointment with a recommending medical marijuana physician. Not all physicians are recommending doctors; they must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and on the Doctor Registry. For recommending physicians near you, please email us at info@terravidahc.com. If this recommending physician is not your primary care physician, recommending physicians ask that you bring or send your records prior to the medical marijuana evaluation appointment indicating your qualifying condition. The physician will enter your recommendation into the state system and most likely, the physician will let the dispensary, in consultation with you, choose what type of product to use based on your lifestyle.

3. After your appointment, return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay for your medical marijuana ID card. There is a $50 fee for this and your card should arrive in the mail within 1-2 weeks.

4. You will be able to visit our medical marijuana dispensary once your card arrives in the mail. We encourage an appointment for your first visit, however, we are walk-in friendly. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at:

Malvern: 484-328-3442

Abington: 215-366-5008

Sellersville: 215-257-3243

TerraVida Headquarters: 215-836-1535



Did you know a patient can designate a caregiver to obtain their medical marijuana product? Caregivers must be at least 21 years old, register with the Department and be issued their own medical marijuana ID card.


How to become a Caregiver in the Pennsylvania Marijuana Program


  1. First, visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a caregiver profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry. This can be found on www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.

  2. Next, complete a criminal background check through Identogo (corresponding link will be in your profile, and your Caregiver background check code will be embedded in the link).

  3. Then, complete an ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form, if necessary.

  4. Ensure your patient has a patient certification.

  5. Return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay for your medical marijuana ID card.


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