Pennsylvania Statutes Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety § 10231.501. Identification cards

(a) Issuance.--The department may issue an identification card to a patient who has a certification approved by the department and to a caregiver designated by the patient.  An identification card issued to a patient shall authorize the patient to obtain and use medical marijuana as authorized by this act.  An identification card issued to a caregiver shall authorize the caregiver to obtain medical marijuana on behalf of the patient.

(b) Procedure for issuance.--The department shall develop and implement procedures for:

(1) Review and approval of applications for identification cards.

(2) Issuance of identification cards to patients and caregivers.

(3) Review of the certification submitted by the practitioner and the patient.

(c) Application.--A patient or a caregiver may apply, in a form and manner prescribed by the department, for issuance or renewal of an identification card.  A caregiver must submit a separate application for issuance or renewal.  Each application must include:

(1) The name, address and date of birth of the patient.

(2) The name, address and date of birth of a caregiver.

(3) The certification issued by the practitioner.

(4) The name, address and telephone number of the practitioner and documentation from the practitioner that all of the requirements of section 403(a)  1 have been met.

(5) A $50 processing fee.  The department may waive or reduce the fee if the applicant demonstrates financial hardship.

(6) The signature of the applicant and date signed.

(7) Other information required by the department.

(d) Forms.--Application and renewal forms shall be available on the department's publicly accessible Internet website.

(e) Expiration.--An identification card of a patient or caregiver shall expire within one year from the date of issuance, upon the death of the patient, or as otherwise provided in this section.

(f) Separate cards to be issued.--The department shall issue separate identification cards for patients and caregivers as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving completed applications, unless it determines that an application is incomplete or factually inaccurate, in which case it shall promptly notify the applicant.

(g) (Reserved).

(h) Change in name or address.--A patient or caregiver who has been issued an identification card shall notify the department within 10 days of any change of name or address.  In addition, the patient shall notify the department within 10 days if the patient no longer has the serious medical condition noted on the certification.

(i) Lost or defaced card.--In the event of a lost, stolen, destroyed or illegible identification card, the patient or caregiver shall apply to the department within 10 business days of discovery of the loss or defacement of the card for a replacement card.  The application for a replacement card shall be on a form furnished by the department and accompanied by a $25 fee.  The department may establish higher fees for issuance of second and subsequent replacement identification cards.  The department may waive or reduce the fee in cases of demonstrated financial hardship.  The department shall issue a replacement identification card as soon as practicable.  A patient or caregiver may not obtain medical marijuana until the department issues the replacement card.

1 35 P.S. § 10231.403.

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