How to get a Pennsylvania medical-marijuana card

How to get a Pennsylvania medical-marijuana card

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They’re finally here. On Feb. 1, Cresco Yeltrah’s CY+ dispensary opened its doors in Butler, Pa., making it Southwestern Pennsylvania’s first medical-marijuana dispensary. Then on Feb. 7, Solevo Wellness of Squirrel Hill opened its doors with medical marijuana expected to arrive on Feb. 15. Pennsylvania passed a law legalizing medical-marijuana in 2016 and since then, grow facilities in McKeesport and Greene County have sprouted up. Soon, patients will have legal access to marijuana products at dispensaries all over the region. All patients need in order to access these newly available products is an official Pennsylvania medical-marijuana card, and City Paper wants to help people navigate the process. 1. Create an online patient profile First, adult patients must fill out a form with accurate and up-to-date personal information, like name, address and date of birth, at the Pennsylvania Department of Health website . The state says the form should be filled out in all capital letters. Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the Pittsburgh branch of the marijuana-advocacy group NORML, says some patients have had issues when filling out their applications, because they’re not entering their addresses exactly as it appears on their driver’s license or state-issued ID. To fill out an address correctly, patients should not include punctuation marks; should abbreviate words like “street” or “road”; and when directions are included in an address, patients are advised to input only the first initial. For example, “100 E MAIN ST” is the correct way to type 100 East Main Street. A similar form must be filled out by those who are caregivers for medical-marijuana patients who are minors, have a disability, or require in-home support. 2. Get a doctor to sign off Patients with serious medical conditions, as defined in state law, can qualify for a medical-marijuana card, but first must […]

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