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:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Intractable seizures
- Sickle cell anemia
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
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.