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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring medical records to my appointment?

If you have medical records and would like to bring them you may but it is not required. Our certified medical marijuana doctor’s can complete your medical marijuana card evaluation without prior medical records.

What types of products do the PA dispensaries currently sell?

Pennsylvania dispensaries offer cannabis flower in its dry form, oils, pills, tinctures, cream, ointments, and liquids. The flower can not be smoked, it has to be vaporized.

How much does a medical marijuana card evaluation cost at The Sanctuary?

We charge $199 for one of our certified medical marijuana doctors to perform an evaluation.

How and when will I receive my medical marijuana card?

You will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail. It can take up to two weeks to receive your card in the mail, but most of our patients receive their card within five business days of their appointment.

How long is my medical marijuana card good for?

You will need to have your card renewed annually by visiting a certified medical marijuana doctor for an evaluation.

What will happen at my evaluation?

The doctor will discuss with you the conditions you report to him/her and how Medical Marijuana may help to treat your specific medical condition.

What are the qualifying medical conditions?

Patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • 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
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

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How to Request and Obtain Your Medical Records

How to Request and Obtain Your Medical Records

Before your marijuana evaluation appointment, it’s imperative that you obtain a copy of your medical records, indicating your diagnosis. In order to get medical marijuana in any state, you must first obtain a copy of your medical records.

If you arrive to your appointment without these records, your marijuana doctor will likely be able to request the records on your behalf, but this will delay the process of obtaining the medical marijuana recommendation needed to use cannabis legally in your state. It’s quick and easy to obtain your medical records, and it will help you get medical marijuana sooner.

Step 1: Contact Your Primary Care Doctor

Most practices require you to fill out a specific form to formally request your medical records. To obtain this form, simply call your primary care doctor’s office, or the office of the doctor who gave you the diagnosis, and request a copy. They should be able to deliver it to you by fax, email, postal mail or you may pick it up from the doctor’s office.

If the doctor’s office doesn’t have a specific form, simply write a letter to request your records. Be sure to include:

  • Your name, including your maiden name (if applicable)
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Address and phone number
  • Email address
  • Record(s) being requested
  • Dates you were under the doctor’s care
  • Signature
  • Delivery option (pick up, fax, email, etc.)
What if I Don’t Have a Primary Care Doctor?

If you do not have a primary care doctor, are uninsured, have not had a check-up in a while, or cannot afford to see a physician, your medical marijuana doctor may be able to assist in finding an affordable clinic in your area that can give you an exam and diagnosis. Or, in some cases, your marijuana doctor may be able to take you on as a new patient and provide a diagnosis for you. In California and Colorado, patients may be issued a temporary recommendation pending the acquisition of medical records.

Learn how to request your medical records in order to get medical marijuana and see a marijuana doctor in all medical cannabis states.