What is a Marijuana Caregiver?
Adult patients can designate any individual as their caregiver, who provide care for up to five patients. In order to register as a patient’s caregiver, you must have proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state issued identification card with your current address. Your caregiver profile will contain all relevant caregiver information and will be stored in the patient and caregiver registry.
The patient and caregiver registry is an online database created to allow patients to participate in the medical marijuana program. If you are a patient, or caregiver of a patient, you need to create a profile on the registry and complete the registration process to participate in the program.
All caregivers must complete a background check. Any criminal record will be reviewed prior to approval. You cannot be approved as a caregiver if you have been convicted of a criminal offense that occurred within the last five years relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics or controlled substances. If you are a caregiver for a minor but not the patient’s parent, legal guardian or spouse, you will need to be designated as a third-party caregiver. This is done by filling out and ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form. Once completed, you will upload the form back in your caregiver profile.
Once you have received your medical marijuana ID card, you can purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary in Pennsylvania that has been issued a permit by the Department of Health.
How do I participate in the program?
Patients and caregivers across Pennsylvania can now register to participate in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Caregivers, or those who may administer medical marijuana to a potential patient,, should follow following these following steps to register:
- First, create a caregiver profile by visiting www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov and clicking on the ‘Patients and Caregivers Registry’ link.
- Next, complete a criminal background check. Instructions are available under the ‘Patient and Caregiver’ tab. If necessary, complete an the ‘authorization to designate a third-party caregiver’ form.
- Ensure your patient has a patient certification.
Return to the patient and caregiver registry and pay for a medical marijuana ID card.