How do I apply for a Medical Card in PA or NJ?
If you meet these requirements, you can register for the program.
You must be a resident of Pennsylvania or New Jersey with proof of residency from a valid PA or NJ driver’s license or state-issued ID with your current address.
Once approved by a registered physician, you will receive a certificate from your physician. Your final step is to pay a $50 PA or $100 NJ processing fee for the medical marijuana ID card. After receiving your ID card, you can use it to purchase medical marijuana from an approved Department of Health medical marijuana dispensary.
What will I need to bring with me for my first appointment in PA or NJ?
Document 1 - Government issue photo identification
- Required one of the following:
- Current digital license
- Current digital non-driver ID card
- ID Card
Document 2 - Proof of current residency PA or NJ
- Required (P.O. Boxes NOT Accepted) one of the following:
- Utility bill issued in the past 90 days that shows your name at your current address
- Utility Bills accepted: Gas-Electric-Water-Sewer-Cell Phone-Cable (Television/Internet/Phone)
- Any correspondence from IRS or State tax office within the last year.
Document 3 – Proof of government assistance PA or NJ patients - Optional one of the following:
- Food Stamp Benefits
- Temporary Disability Insurance benefits
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit
- Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits
What is a bona fide physician-patient relationship?
A bona fide relationship is defined as: a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition whereby:
The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or
The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or
The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.
Will my application be confidential?
A patient’s application will only be available to the patient's registered physician, the MMP staff, and ATC personnel.
Why do I still need a doctor to register me?
Medicinal marijuana requires a physician’s authorization, much like other medications that are provided or prescribed by a doctor.
How do I pay my registration fee?
Once you have received your confirmation email stating that your registration fee has been set, you will return to the registry. You will then have to submit your information, including your reference number. Follow the instructions to proceed with your payment.
Can I switch my Alternative Treatment Center?
Yes. You may switch to any operational ATC online at any time.
Can I switch from my current MMP physician to a new MMP registered physician without having to re-register?
Yes, MMP physicians have the ability to accept a registered patient who is currently under the responsibility of another MMP physician. The process is completed by the desired physician through the registry.
If my ID card is lost, stolen, or is damaged what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?
If a registered patient or registered primary caregiver becomes aware of the theft, loss or destruction of his or her registry ID card, he or she shall notify the MMP within 24 hours after the discovery of the occurrence of the theft, loss, or destruction. There is a small cost to replacing the registry ID card.
What is a Caregiver?
A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have a caregiver if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where they cannot physically go to their alternative treatment center (ATC) by themselves. Patients may designate up to two caregivers.
A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence.
Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient; usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card.
Caregivers are required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background investigation. The fingerprinting forms will be available once the caregiver has begun the online registration.
There is a fee of $100 for a caregiver identification card, unless the caregiver is a senior citizen, military veteran, or receives certain forms of government assistance (see below). In the event any of those conditions are met, the reduced fee is $20. In addition, there is a fee to have your background check processed.