The Pennsylvania Department of Health provided new rules on how to renew an expired medical marijuana card beginning July 30, 2020. Patients no longer need to renew their registration to continue participating in the Commonwealth's Medical Marijuana Program. A qualifying patient only needs to obtain an annual patient certification from any registered physician. Payments for certification are made annually and are not tied to the medical marijuana card. A patient will receive an email 30 days before their annual fee is due. This email contains instructions on how to make the required payment.
Typically, a patient will receive an email 60 days before their current medical marijuana card or patient certification expires, notifying them to get a new patient certification. After obtaining their physician's certification, the patient will receive a new medical marijuana card, provided the patient’s payment is up to date. Otherwise, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will not activate their medical marijuana card or mail it to them. Similarly, a caregiver will receive an email from the state's Department of Health 60 days before their current caregiver ID card expires. The mail will contain the details of the required steps to renew their medical marijuana ID cards.
Yes. A Pennsylvania medical marijuana card renewal application can be submitted online via the state's Medical Marijuana Registry. A qualifying patient in the Commonwealth must take the following steps to renew their medical cannabis card:
Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, registered cannabis patients must renew their medical marijuana cards annually. A Pennsylvania medical marijuana card renewed long before the expiration of the current one will have the date after the original card expires as the issue date.
Yes. A patient who intends to renew their Pennsylvania medical marijuana card must obtain a patient certification from any physician approved to certify patients in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. However, they are not bound to see the same practitioner who certified them for medical cannabis during their initial application for a medical marijuana card.
Only DOs and MDs who hold active licenses with the Pennsylvania Department of State in compliance with the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act and Medical Practice Act of 1985 can participate in the Commonwealth Medical Marijuana Program. However, they must apply to be included on the registry of physicians who can certify patients for medical cannabis and complete a mandatory 4-hour training approved by the Department of Health.
The cost of renewing a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is $50 for both patients and caregivers. However, patients participating in assistance programs such as CHIP, Medicaid, WIC, and PACE/PACENET may qualify for fee reductions and pay less than $50. Patients are required to log in to their medical marijuana registry account to make this payment once notified by email before the annual fee is due. The email will include a due date, usually about seven days before the current medical marijuana card expires. A patient's medical marijuana card will be automatically deactivated if they fail to pay the Pennsylvania medical marijuana renewal fee by the due date.
Registered cannabis patients in Pennsylvania must renew their medical marijuana cards online via the Medical Marijuana Patient Registry once certified by any approved practitioners. There is no central location or office for medical marijuana card renewal in Pennsylvania.
No. Pennsylvania does not share medical cannabis reciprocity with any other state and does not recognize out-of-state medical cannabis cards. As a result, medical marijuana patients with medical cannabis cards issued in other states cannot legally purchase medicinal cannabis in Pennsylvania.