As of May 2016 Act 16 which is your Medical Marijuana Act went into effect. That said the regulations have not been finalized. It seems there will be a limitation for prescribing doctors as they will need to go through a training course before they can give a recommendation. The article I read indicated this may be avilable in the late fall of this yeat. It will be a 3 part process:
- Find and see a doctor who is able to give a recommendation
- Register with the state (how long does this take? It differs state by state)
- Once registered you will receive documentation and can go to a state-permitted dispensary
I always find the the Norml site as they stay up to date on all the laws state by state. Their site with Pennsylvania’s laws are here:
Unfortunately, they do not state anything regarding recommendations.
I hope this helps!
The good news is that Pennsylvania passed a medical marijuana law in 2016; the bad news is that it has not yet taken effect.
You will need to obtain a medical recommendation from a physician that confirms you have one of these qualifying conditions:
-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)
-Inflammatory bowel disease
-Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
-Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-Sickle cell anemia
-Severe chronic or intractable pain
-Terminal illness (defined as 12 months or fewer to live)
Patients will be able to have a 30 day supply of medical marijuana, but it may only take the form of cannabis-infused oils, topical ointments, tinctures or liquids. Home cultivation of cannabis will not be permitted. Currently, as many as 50 state-licensed dispensaries may operate, however not are open at this time. Pennsylvania will have reciprocity with other states, meaning that if you legally obtained a medical marijuana recommendation in another state, they will recognize that in PA.