Becoming a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Pennsylvania
It is likely that you know someone who has a qualifying condition that is 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. Perhaps they don’t have an existing medical marijuana 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 medical marijuana caregiver for a 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 to become a medical marijuana 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?
Final notes about caregivers and the medical marijuana caregiver card
- 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!
We periodically do events with certifying physicians to help both patients and caregivers along with the application and certification process. You can check out our events page, sign up for our email list, or keep tabs on our Facebook page to stay up to date.