How to Become a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Caregiver
What Is a Medical Marijuana Caregiver?
A caregiver is an individual who is authorized to visit Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries and purchase products on behalf of their patient(s).
Who Can Become a Caregiver in Pennsylvania?
A caregiver can be a parent, legal guardian, spouse, family member, friend, or any other applicable significant other designated by a patient. Caregivers must be 21 years of age or older unless authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Patients who are minors are required to have a caregiver.
Pennsylvania has three categories of patients who will need a caregiver to register on their behalf and visit the dispensary for them. These categories include:
Patients under the age of 18
Adult patients who are home-bound
Adult patients who benefit from assistance (nonverbal, do not make their own medical decisions, etc.)
Do Minors Need a Medical Marijuana Caregiver?
Yes, patients who are a minor require a caregiver to register on their behalf. If you are the minor's parent, legal guardian, or spouse, you can register as their caregiver through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
How Do I Become a Caregiver for a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patient?
Individuals who wish to become a caregiver for a patient must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and complete a criminal history background check. Caregivers must have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license or state-issued ID card.
Can a Caregiver Serve More Than One Patient in Pennsylvania?
Yes. Caregivers may serve up to five patients.