Becoming a Caregiver in Pennsylvania

It is likely that you know someone who has a condition that is certifiable to be treated with medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It is also likely that you know someone who may not be able to pick up their own medical marijuana. Maybe it could be that they don’t have a caregiver, or maybe their age or illness prohibits them from making a trip to the dispensary for themselves.

Lucky for us, in Pennsylvania there is an option to become a caregiver for patients unable to obtain medical marijuana on their own. This time of year, it seems as though everyone wants to help those less fortunate than them. Most of the time donations to those less fortunate and food drives are the first things we think of when trying to give back. What if we told you that you could change someone’s life forever by helping them obtain their medical marijuana with ease? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Here’s the 411 on becoming a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in PA…

Who can be a caregiver?

A caregiver can be a parent, child, other family member or friend, as long as they are over 21 years old. There are exceptions, but they must be otherwise authorized by the department of health. For patients under the age of 18, a caregiver can be a parent or legal guardian. Additionally, it can be someone who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian of the patient. In some cases the department of health may approve an outside caregiver if no legal guardian or parent is available.

How do I become a caregiver?

To become a caregiver, you must first undergo a criminal background check and submit an application to the department of health for a medical marijuana caregiver ID card. *Click here to register. There are several different applications linked under “caregivers”. Pick the one that best suits your situation. If you do not have a patient to care for yet, there is also an application for that. After entering your information, eligible caregivers will be entered into a database for patients who need them. They will be able to contact you should they decide they need your help. How cool is that?

What else do I need to know before becoming a caregiver?

  • When a patient applies for their medical marijuana ID card, they are able to designate up to two caregivers.
  • A caregiver can lend their services to up to five patients.
  • There is a $50 processing fee for caregiver applications.

Interested in signing up, but think you need more information? You’re in luck! This Wednesday 11/28/18 Solevo Wellness, along with PA Compassionate Caregivers, are hosting a caregiver sign-up drive! For more information, click here!


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