Medical Cannabis Law

Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: The Prohibition has Ended.

In April 2016, Pennsylvania passed the medical marijuana Act. Patients may have access to medical marijuana during 2018. A patient seeking such treatment will need to be diagnosed by a doctor with specialized training who must find that the patient has a “serious medical condition”, as defined by the new law. Such serious medical conditions include the following:

  1. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS”)
  2. Autism
  3. Cancer, including remission therapy
  4. Crohn’s disease
  5. Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies
  6. Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
  7. Epilepsy
  8. Glaucoma
  9. HIV / AIDS
  10. Huntington’s disease
  11. Inflammatory bowel disease
  12. Intractable seizures
  13. Multiple sclerosis (“MS”)
  14. Neurodegenerative diseases
  15. Neuropathies
  16. 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
  17. Parkinson’s disease
  18. Post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”)
  19. Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
  20. Sickle cell anemia
  21. Terminal illness

Being diagnosed is only the first step. To become a medical marijuana patient, one must still apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for approval as a canniubs patient. Contact our office if you would like to schedule a consultation for more information about becoming a card-holding medical marijuana patient or about other issues in your life which are or may be impacted by use of medical cannibus.

If you are a parent and your child suffers from one of the above serious medical conditions, you may be able to serve as a “caregiver” for your child. Any medical marijuana patient under 18 years of age must have a caregiver. A person is able to be a caregiver if they are: 1) a parent or legal guardian of the patient; 2) an individual designated by a parent or legal guardian; 3) individual approved by the Department of Health. An individual may serve as a caregiver for up to five (5) patients at a time. A patient is permitted to designate up to two (2) caregivers at a time. Contact our office if you would like to schedule a consultation for more information about becoming a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient(s).

As medical marijuana is still in its infancy stages in Pennsylvania, many laws have not caught up to the recent legalization. If you are a medical marijuana patient who has been charged with a DUI, or on probation or parole and are accused of a violation or if you or a loved one is currently incarcerated and have been denied access to medical marijuana for your serious medical condition, contact us and we can help.