The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients with serious medical conditions. There are a few forms required for doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana and patients to be able to receive marijuana. Below are the necessary forms required by the state of Pennsylvania for both patients and doctors.
Before applying to receive medical marijuana patients, caregivers, legal guardians, or parents must first complete a background check. There is an $8 charge to perform a background check.
Safe Harbor is currently only available for children with serious medical conditions. Upon completion, The Safe harbor Letter applicants will be reviewed and given permission to be administered medical marijuana. In addition to The Safe Harbor Letter Application, legal guardians will need to provide electronic copies of their guardianship papers, caregivers will need a copy of their caregiver status, and spouses will need a copy of their marriage certificate.
As part of the Safe Harbor application process Doctors will need to provide a completed Safe Harbor Physician Form verifying a patient possesses a severe medical condition treatable by medical marijuana.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released a statement to doctors addressing physicians’ roles in the new Safe Harbor previsions. Doctors can read the statement in the link above.
Under federal law, marijuana is still a schedule 1 controlled substance. This means the Department of Justice retains authority to enforce civil and criminal laws in regards to marijuana use and possession. Above is the DOJ’s memo on the federal government’s marijuana enforcement policy.
The Department of Justice released a press release to accompany their marijuana enforcement policy memo. In addition to the memo you can read the press release in the link above.
If you’d like to read Pennsylvania’s Act No. 16 which legalized medical marijuana you can do so in full on the state’s website.