Are you eligible?
How to become a patient
The first step toward becoming a medical cannabis patient is registering with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To help you through the process, we’ve outlined the instructions below. Once you’re registered in Pennsylvania, your next step is to come into one of Liberty’s dispensaries. We look forward to serving you.
- Patients must be at least 18 years old to register. Patients under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
- Patients must be a resident in the state of Pennsylvania with proof of residency.
- Patients must be diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.
- Patients must obtain medical records or documentation from your physician describing the diagnosis of the patient’s qualifying condition.
- Upon receiving a physician’s recommendation, patients are required to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as a qualifying patient.
Marijuana for certified medical use is limited to the following forms:
- Topical forms, including gels, creams or ointments
- A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, including dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization
Step 1: Register as a patient with the PA DOH
Adult Patients (18+ years of age):
- Visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry to create a patient profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.
Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age):
- Minors, homebound individuals and patients with a designated caregiver will have their caregiver obtain their medical marijuana product at an approved dispensary.
- A registered caregiver may be designated by up to five patients. A patient may designate up to two caregivers.
- Caregivers visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a caregiver profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry.
- Complete a criminal background check.
- Complete an "authorization to designate a third-party caregiver" form, if necessary.
- Ensure your patient has a patient certification.
- Return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.
Step 2: Obtain a physician’s certification that you have one of the 21 serious medical conditions that Medical Cannabis can alleviate.
Talk to your Pennsylvania-licensed physician and ask them if they are registered with the Department to issue you a patient certification. Patients will need this to complete their registration. If your physician would like to know how to register, tell them to visit pa.gov and click on the Physicians tab.
If your physician does not wish to register with the Medical Marijuana Program, you will have the opportunity to find a recommending health care practitioner who has registered and been approved by the Department by going here to see the list of approved medical marijuana practitioners.
If you are scheduling a visit with a recommending health care practitioner who you haven’t seen before, be sure to ask what documents and records you need to bring to your first appointment.
If you are a Pennsylvania resident who suffers from at least one of the following serious medical conditions, and has been certified by a health care practitioner registered with the program, you may qualify:
- Cancer, including remission therapy
- Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Intractable seizures
- Sickle cell anemia
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Terminal illness
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
- 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
Step 3: Return to the Patients and Caregivers Registry and pay $50 for a medical marijuana ID card.
Individuals providing evidence that they participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card: Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.
Medical marijuana ID cards are renewed annually.
Step 4: Obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania.
Once you have received your medical marijuana ID card, you can purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary in Pennsylvania that has been issued a permit by the Department of Health.