Who can buy marijuana online Pennsylvania, What qualifies me?
Let’s be clear at the outset: don’t expect to waltz into your doctor’s office, lay down some keywords about back pain, and then walk out with a pot script. It doesn’t work like that. Like most states, access to medical weed in Pennsylvania is limited to serious — and, in some cases, terminal — conditions.
There are currently 17 qualifying conditions under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, ranging from cancer and HIV/AIDS, to Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, to epilepsy. True, “chronic pain” makes the list, but you’d likely have to undergo some forms of conventional physical therapy before someone cleared you for a weed card.
Goldstein, the Temple U professor, noted that Pennsylvania was pretty innovative with two of its qualifying conditions — Autism and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — as the state was “one of the first” to add those to the list. See the full list of qualifying conditions here.
How many doctors offer cannabis prescriptions?
Maybe you can chalk it up to “Reefer Madness” stigma, or maybe there’s just too much red tape at the moment, but Pennsylvania is suffering from a dearth of pot doctors. There are roughly 475 doctors approved to recommend cannabis therapy in the entire state — out of about 56,000 physicians, estimates Goldstein. That’s a massive disparity.
Part of the problem is that doctors have to register with the Department of Health and then complete a four-hour training program. For many physicians, the process doesn’t seem worth the hassle. According to Russ Cersosimo of the Medical Cannabis Society, what’s happening is “you have a slower patient onboarding rate because patients are having a hard time finding a doctor that’s