Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, describes cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients. When taken for medical purposes, these plants can offer benefits to patients who qualify for the use of this medical care method. However, medical marijuana is not available. To receive it, individuals must a) register for use of it with their state, and b) receive medical certifications that demonstrate their need for this type of treatment.

This is where we can help. Dr. Prisk of Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness is registered to certify patients for medical marijuana use in the state of Pennsylvania. Note that, prior to receiving our care services, you will need to apply for and receive a state-issued medical marijuana card, through the state-run Medical Marijuana Registry. (The card costs $50.) Following this application, however, people are able to meet with our staff for an evaluation and certification. And should the registration and exam confirm that you are eligible for a medical marijuana ID card, you will be able to enter a dispensary and purchase medical marijuana.

If you are interested in discussing these services in-depth, or you have questions about your next steps, please give us a call at (412) 525-7692 or submit an online appointment request form.


 

FAQs on Medical Marijuana Certification & Care:

 

What Qualifies Your Practice To Participate In The Medical Marijuana Program?

In order to participate in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, a physician must register with the Department of Health Physician RegistryOpens In A New Window. Our medical license must be validated via the Department Of State. We must complete the required 4-hour training provided by a Department of Health. And we must undergo a final review and approval by the Department of Health in order to become a Practitioner who can issue patient certifications.

 

How Do I Qualify For This Service?

Before being certified, you will need to apply to receive Medical Marijuana, as well as demonstrate that you have a qualifying condition for this service. 

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program provides access to medical marijuana for patients with specific medical conditions. Registration is open to adult patients, as well as caregivers for adults or children, who qualify for medical marijuana.

In order to register and be evaluated, please follow the instructions here to register prior to your visit:

  • Register for Medical Marijuana with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Registry.
    • Note that you will have to create a profile to complete this form. Also, you will need a Pennsylvania driver's license or an ID card from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 
  • Once you have registered, collect medical records from your primary care physician about your qualifying medical condition.
  • Next, schedule an appointment at Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness, via phone call at 412-525-7692 or our online appointment page. Unlike a general practitioner, we can certify your ability to receive medical marijuana, due to our training and approval from the state in this specialty.

 

What Are The Qualifying Medical Conditions For Medical Marijuana Care?

Only patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, following medical exams and state certifications to use medical marijuana:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Autism.
  • Cancer, including remission therapy.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies.
  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • HIV / AIDS.
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Intractable seizures.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Neuropathies.
  • Opioid use disorder (for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions).
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain.
  • Sickle cell anemia.
  • Terminal illness.

 

Can Insurance Cover This Service?

Insurance payments will not be accepted for this service. The cost for service is $200 for a new patient initial certification evaluation. This fee will need to be paid at check-in by cash. 

Follow up visits and existing patients will be charged $125.

(Paying for a certification visit is not a guarantee that you will be certified for medical marijuana. Please review the diagnoses allowed and read the information provided at the PA Department of Health website.)

If you have any questions, please contact us at (412) 525-7692 or submit an online appointment request form.