A Newcomers Guide to Pittsburgh’s Medical Marijuana Program and Dispensaries – PGH City Paper

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Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has been rapidly growing over the past few years, bringing more dispensaries to the region, and with it, long-overdue relief to patients. Medical cannabis became legalized in the commonwealth in 2016, and there are currently 23 qualifying conditions that allow patients to access medical marijuana under Pennsylvania law.

To get your medical marijuana card, you must first fill out a form at the Pennsylvania Department of Health website (padohmmp.custhelp.com), then get a doctor to certify your application. If your primary care doctor isn’t certified, or isn’t a believer in cannabis treatment, you can find a doctor to help you through a certification center, such as Compassionate Certification Centers (compassionatecertificationcenters.com), HerbalCare RX (herbalcarerx.com), or Releaf Specialists (releafspecialists.com), who will take medical records and charge between $125-200 for a new patient certification. Then, you will need to turn in your application and return to the Department of Health website and

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