Medical Marijuana / Cannabis Evaluation

A medical examination is required as part of one’s application for a medical marijuana recommendation. The purpose of this medical exam is to determine if you have certain medical conditions, which may need further medical attention and meet the guidelines and accepted conditions approved by the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Irina Staicu, D.O. is certified by the state of Pennsylvania and conducts this medical exam. She has been authorized and approved to provide such examinations.

It is pertinent that a patient seeking recommendation for medical marijuana from Dr. Staicu create a patient profile with the state of Pennsylvania (pa.gov). Upon completion of patient’s profile, call our office to set up an appointment to begin the process.

Common questions that are asked by our patients include – what are the qualifying conditions and how must does it cost.

Cost: The cost for the evaluation is $199.

Only patients suffering from one of the following medical conditions may currently participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Autism.
  • Anxiety.
  • 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.
  • Tourettes Syndrome.

To ensure a successful visit with your medical marijuana doctor, be sure to bring the following with you to your appointment:

  1. Patient ID number obtained after registration on the state website (https://padohmmp.custhelp.com/app/login)
    1. Register your information EXACTLY as it appears on your driver license or state ID. Enter the information in CAPITAL LETTERS, just like on your ID. Make sure every single thing is perfect before clicking “Submit.” If you are unsuccessful or lock yourself out of the system, email pammpsupport@mjfreeway.com and ask them for assistance.
    2. DO NOT complete the registration on your cell phone. You have to use a laptop or desktop or the system will lock you out. If you get locked out, email the state at the email in step 1 above.
    3. Note your state-issued ID number at the end of the registration.
    4. If you have someone that helps take care of you, a “caregiver,” make sure they also register on the state website so he/she can to go into the dispensary and make purchases for you.
  2. Proof of Identification. Bring one of the following:
    1. Current and valid PA State Driver’s License
    2. Current and valid PAState ID card
  3. Appropriate Medical Documentation. Bring along any medical documentation to support your diagnosis. This includes:
    1. Ask your doctor to write a short note/letter identifying your qualifying conditions and any previous therapy. Or,
    2. Obtain original recent medical records supporting the approved diagnosis.
    3. Please note that if you are seeking medical marijuana recommendation for opioid use disorder or chronic/intractable pain, ensure the documentation from your primary doctor includes all other therapies that have been tried and failed.
  4. Payment Method(s)
    • Bring $199 to your first visit in order to begin the administrative process.
  5. A fee up to $50 fee is payable by credit or debit card online to the State of Pennsylvania for the card, which will be shipped to your registered address.
    • Certain patients (Medicaid, SNAP benefits, WIC, PACE, CHIP) may qualify for a reduced $25 fee.
  6.  Other
      1. If you are under age 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What does the DEA say about medical marijuana?

Will you have to give up your firearms if you get a medical marijuana card? The answer is No.

For more information about using medical marijuana click here. Read about safety here.

A complete patient guide about research findings and great information regarding marijuana strains, available forms, how to choose your medicine, help tracking your symptoms, recipes for edibles, legal advice, and much more great information.

Where are the dispensaries? Here are the official state-approved dispensaries.