Medical Marijuana FAQs

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We are compassionate, understanding and will work with you every step of the way in obtaining your patient ID card.

Many people are apprehensive when they come in for an medical marijuana certification.  Frequently, patients are troubled by these common concerns: “What if the doctor doesn’t take me seriously?” “What if they don’t understand my condition?” “I hope they don’t tell me to just take more pills!”  “The process seems so complicated!”

We are here to help you any way we can. Remember, this is a state sponsored program. They want you to get your card as much as you do! We have made a way for you to do so. We verify PA residents to get their cannabis card with the fees that won’t hurt your budget.

Can a patient be under 18 or a minor?

Yes. A patient under the age of eighteen must have a caregiver who is approved by the department  in order to obtain medical marijuana. A caregiver can be a parent, guardian or an individual approved by the department.

All applicants will need:

  • Pennsylvania Background check
  • Completed electronic copy of the Safe Harbor Act Letter Form
  • Legal guardians will need an electronic copy of their guardianship papers
  • Caregivers will need an electronic copy of their caregiver status
  • Spouses will need an electronic copy of their marriage certificate

Below is a list of some helpful forms to get you started:

Are you providing telemedicine because of covid-19 or coronavirus?

Medical Marijuana Certifications, LLC is now offering telemedicine and telehealth services to our new and existing patients. Call us today at 717-220-5566 for more information.

I'm having trouble registering with the department of health. Can you help me?

The Department of Health requires that a patient uses a DESKTOP or LAPTOP to complete registration.

Make sure to check that you’ve entered everything from your valid PA state photo ID in to the form exactly as it showing (include all capital letters and check correct spacing and spelling for each line).
Be sure to check that your ID is not expired or due to expire within the next 30 days. If it is expired or is due to within 30 days you will need to have your ID renewed before proceeding with your state registration.
Have you moved or changed your address recently? Be sure to enter the address that is currently on file with PENNdot. This might be available in the form of a change of address card. Alternatively, you can view exactly how your address is listed on file with PENNdot by visiting their website and logging in to the “ID and Vehicle services” section using your ID/DL number as well as date of birth and last 4 digits of your social security number.
If you currently have, or have held a CDL driver’s license you are NOT exempt from being certified through us. You will simply need to be manually registered via the Department of Health’s patient support team (see below)
If you are a patient of ours, have reviewed the information above and you are still unable to get registered with the Dept. of Health, Medical Marijuana Certifications, LLC is still happy to assist. You can email us at info@mmj4u.org with the following: A scan/copy/picture of your current photo ID or change of address card, as well as your full name in the subject line of the email. Please include a message stating that you require assistance with Department of Health registration and please include any relevant information regarding any of the above information.

 

 

I don't have any medical records. Can I still qualify?

 The doctors at Medical Marijuana Certifications, LLC are licensed from the State of Pennsylvania to legally certify patients for medical marijuana. No prior doctors consultation is necessary.

What are Pennsylvania's qualifying conditions?

Pennsylvania law has a list of Qualifying Conditions. Our doctors certify that you have one of these and a Pennsylvania resident. The current list of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana include the following qualifying conditions:

 

Qualifying Conditions

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
  • Anxiety disorders;
  • 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;
  • Pain: Severe chronic or intractable pain
  • Sickle cell anemia;
  • Terminal illness; and
  • Tourette syndrome 
Do you accept insurance?
NO,  MEDICAL MARIJUANA CERTIFICATIONS, LLC IS A SPECIALTY MEDICAL PRACTICE. WE ARE NOT A CONTRACTED PROVIDER FOR MEDICARE, MEDICAID, OR ANY OTHER HEALTH OR MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN. WE ACCEPT CASH, CHECK, OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ONLY. PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?

 

  1. A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE or PHOTO ID.
  2. NAME, PHONE AND FAX NUMBER OF YOUR CURRENT OR PREVIOUS DOCTOR OR MEDICAL FACILITY WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED.
  3. ANY COPIES OF MEDICAL RECORDS YOU HAVE. PRESCRIPTION BOTTLES WORK.
  4. YOUR PATIENT ID NUMBER FROM https://padohmmp.custhelp.com.
Do I get my card from you?
NO, YOUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD WILL BE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. OUR PROVIDER WILL CERTIFY THIS ACCOUNT WITH THE STATE. YOU CARD WILL COME IN THE MAIL AFTER YOU HAVE ARRANGED PAYMENT WITH THEM.
How much does it cost for my first visit?
VARIES DEPENDING ON LOCATION – THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REQUIRES PATIENTS TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA EVERY 365 DAYS (12 MONTHS). IF YOU HAVE A QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION, YOUR INITIAL VISIT WILL INCLUDE CERTIFICATION AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A CERTIFICATION VISIT EVERY 12 MONTHS THEREAFTER.
How much does it cost for my second visit?
VARIES DEPENDING ON LOCATION – THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REQUIRES PATIENTS TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA EVERY 365 DAYS (12 MONTHS). IF YOU HAVE A QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION, YOUR INITIAL VISIT WILL INCLUDE CERTIFICATION AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A CERTIFICATION VISIT EVERY 12 MONTHS THEREAFTER. ASK FOR OUR CURRENT DISCOUNT.
What information do I need when I register for the PA Medical Marijuana Program?

All caregivers and patients must have proof of Pennsylvania residency in the forms of either a Pennsylvania state issued ID card  or of a Pennsylvania driver’s license with current address. Patients and caregivers also must have a working email address. All communication form the PA Medical Marijuana Program Registry comes by email.

What makes for a successful registration?

We recommend that you use a computer (not a mobile device) to register and to access your account. Have your valid PA driver’s license or state-issued ID in front of you while registering. You will need to match the information exactly as it appears on the ID. Be sure that the information you are enter matches with PennDOT’s record (if you have updated your address). Enter only the digits where numbers are required (no spaces, periods, hyphens, etc.).

How will I know if I registered successfully?

After your information has been validated, you will be prompted to create a unique username and password. After you have created the username and password, a screen will display your account information, including your Patient ID number. You are now registered in the program. Next, you will receive an email confirming you registration is successful and details your next step, which is to obtain a patient certification from a state approved practitioner like us at Medical Marijuana Certifications,, LLC.

What exactly is a patient certification?

Our doctors have been approved by the PA Department of Health and can issue you a patient certification. The certification certifies that you have one of the 23 qualified medical conditions, and that medical marijuana/cannabis may benefit you. You need this certification to get your medical marijuana ID card. 

What should I bring to my appointment?
What To Bring To Your Appointment Medical Marijuana Certifications, LLC mmj4u.org

Please bring the following with you:  

  • Proper documentation of your serious medical condition. For example, a summary document from your doctor stating your qualifying condition. 
  • Proof of PA residency. Please bring a current photo Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo card ID.
  • Full payment for services provided. We accept cash, debit card, credit card, and most Health Savings Accounts (HSA cards). 
  • Please Note: Your Medical Marijuana ID card is issued by the State of Pennsylvania. A separate $50 fee is required annually by the Department of Health. Payment prompts the system to automatically create and ship your card in the mail. This must be done on the Department of Health website and paid with a debit or credit card. Do this AFTER your first certification appointment and BEFORE every renewal.                                                                                                           
  • If you have NOT registered to be a patient with the Department of Health, WE CAN COMPLETE IT FOR YOU when you come in. Please allow for extra time during your appointment visit.    

    To register on the state of PA Department of Health website; YOU MUST USE A LAPTOP OR DESKTOP TO REGISTER.  Chrome browser is preferred. Trying a different IP address has also worked.

    PLEASE bring along all Login information including your USERNAME, PASSWORD and PATIENT ID NUMBER. Remember, all information MUST be entered EXACTLY as it appears on your photo ID or on your UPDATED driver’s license. Use ALL CAPS.  Skip middle initial.

    If you have any issues, questions, or concerns regarding registration please contact the Department of Health directly at 888-733-5595. The Department of Health registration website can be found at:  https://padohmmp.custhelp.com/app/adultpatient-registration

Where can I send my medical records?

 

  1. You can have your doctor scan, fax or email all medical records to 717-220-5566 or info@mmj4u.org
  2. We can obtain them for you if you contact us for a HIPAA release form at 717-220-5566 or info@mmj4u.org.org
Who will know that I have a medical marijuana ID card?

 “Technically, a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana is very private, since HIPAA [the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] makes it nearly impossible for even law enforcement to obtain private patient records,” wrote Joe Elford, staff lawyer for medical marijuana group Americans for Safe Access.

As with other medical records, this doctor visit and recommendation is private and protected under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). The HIPPA rule sets a national standard that strictly prohibits sharing of health information, unless it is needed for patient care and other important purposes. This means that no one can access your medical records to learn that you have received a recommendation to use marijuana without your permission.

I lost my card. Now what?

Email RA-dhmedmarijuana@pa.gov and request a new card. The Department of Health issues a replacement fee of $25. Once this fee is paid, a new card is sent.

Can I travel on an airplane with my medical marijuana medication?

According to the TSA: 

  • Medical Marijuana 
  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 

Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products.  

Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018. 

TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. 

For more prohibited items, please go to the ‘What Can I Bring?’ page. The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint. 

How much is the state fee a year?

Patients who receive Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP and WIC are eligible to receive 50% off the required $50 annual fee issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This is done by submitting your request before agreeing to your payment rate. The payment page will follow in a separate window.

I'm under 18. can I get a patient ID card?

From the PA Department of Health:

Yes. A patient under the age of eighteen must have a caregiver who is approved by the department  in order to obtain medical marijuana. A caregiver can be a parent, guardian or an individual approved by the department.

All applicants will need:

  • Pennsylvania Background check
  • Completed electronic copy of the Safe Harbor Act Letter Form
  • Legal guardians will need an electronic copy of their guardianship papers
  • Caregivers will need an electronic copy of their caregiver status
  • Spouses will need an electronic copy of their marriage certificate

Below is a list of some helpful forms to get you started:

What are PA employment restrictions with a medical marijuana ID card?

 

  • Patient may not perform any employment duties at heights or in confined spaces including, but not limited to, mining while under the influence of marijuana
  • Employer may prohibit patient from performing any task which the employer deems life-threatening, to either the employee or any of the employees of the employer, while under the influence of medical marijuana. The prohibition shall not be deemed an adverse employment decision even if the prohibition results in financial harm to the patient
  • Nothing in the Pennsylvania Department of Health Act shall require an employer to make accommodation of the use of medical marijuana on the property or premises of any place of employment
  • Nothing shall require an employer to commit any act that violate federal law in Pennsylvania
  • The Act does not limit an employer’s right to discipline an employee for being under the influence of medical marijuana in the workplace in Pennsylvania or for working under the influence of medical marijuana when the employee’s conduct falls below the standard of care normally accepted for that position under PA Medical Marijuana Laws
Can I lose my job for having a medical marijuana card?

Your employer decides the policies on medical marijuana use, it is up to them to determine this. If unsure, you may wish to seek legal counsel or direction from your company’s human resource department. Legal counsel that specializes in this area of law can be found at www.cannabislegalsolutions.net

Can I get a medical marijuana card and keep my gun?

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Yes, we are allowed to certify you for your medical card if you are a gun owner. State laws do not prohibit you from owning a gun and having a medical card. You can also have the option to purchase CBD and not get a card.

If you have further questions and need legal counsel please go to www.cannabislegalsolutions.net as this is a comprehensive issue that legal counsel can answer.

Cannabis Legal Solutions can answer your questions in more detail however:

  1. No PA patient will be forced by the police to surrender firearms.  PA law does not prohibit firearm possession for cannabis use;
  2. Firearm possession is prohibited under federal law whether the cannabis use is legal or not under state law.  Case law shows there has never been a federal prosecution under such circumstances;
  3. A registered patient should be able to keep and obtain a concealed carry permit;
  4. A registered patient cannot purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.  

For more detailed information go to www.cannabislegalsolutions.net

Can I keep my conceal-carry permit?

Patrick K. Nightingale (www.cannabislegalsolutions.net) has cleared this issue up for us.

“Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis law provided for patient confidentiality in Section 302.  Despite this statutory provision the patient database was made available to law enforcement via the JNET database at the end of December, 2017.  After patients and activists raised serious concerns about the violation of patient confidentiality the patient registry was immediately removed from JNET.”

What to Expect From Your Visit

Speak privately with an experienced doctor to verify your medical diagnosis and become certified to use medical marijuana secondary to your current treatment plan.

You will need to complete a series of short online forms and prepay your medical marijuana certification. The doctor will review your files and telephone you at your scheduled time. He will ask if you have any questions or concerns about the medical marijuana program and certify you for the state program.

Pennsylvania law has a list of medically qualifying conditions. Our doctors certify that you have one of these conditions and a Pennsylvania resident.

You will receive 24/7 PA Dispensary Verification for 12 full months and a prescription for up to one ounce per calendar month.

The doctors at Medical Marijuana Certifications, LLC are licensed from the State of Pennsylvania to legally certify patients for medical marijuana. No prior doctors consultation is necessary.

 

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