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Tips for medical marijuana patients when stopped by police

The Manheim Township Police Department released helpful tips for medical marijuana patients to know if they are stopped by police.

Medical marijuana is treated the same as other prescribed medications in Pennsylvania.

Police say in order to have medical marijuana, it must be in one of the following forms:

  • Pill
  • Oil
  • Topical gel, creams, or ointments
  • Tincture
  • Liquid
  • A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization

Medical marijuana is only available to Pennsylvania patients, or caregivers of patients, who possess a medical marijuana identification card and have a certificate issued by an approved physician.


Persons carrying medical marijuana should do the following:

  • Keep the marijuana in its original container and packaging from the dispensary.
  • At all times, retain the receipt obtained from the dispensary with the medical marijuana at the time of purchase.
  • Be in possession of their approved PA medical marijuana identification card.
  • Store / transport the medical marijuana in an area of the vehicle that is not accessible to the driver.

What about DUI? Is there a risk I could get charged with one?

Yes, according to police, using medical marijuana is the same as using any other prescribed controlled substance.

Although it is legal to purchase, obtain, posses, transport and use medical marijuana, it is still illegal to be under the influence of it while driving.

I’m a medical marijuana patient from another state. Am I covered and protected under PA law?

No, according to police, the medical marijuana program is only for Pennsylvania residents who possess a valid medical marijuana identification card.

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