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:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS”)
- 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
- HIV / AIDS
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intractable seizures
- Multiple sclerosis (“MS”)
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- 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 (“PTSD”)
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
- Sickle cell anemia
- 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.