Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP)
With the passage of Act 16 of 2016, the Medical Marijuana Program Fund was created as a special fund in the State Treasury. The Office of Medical Marijuana was tasked with assisting patients by using an allotted percentage of this fund to establish:
- A program to assist with the cost of providing medical marijuana to patients who demonstrate financial hardship or need.
- A program to assist patients and caregivers with the cost associated with the waiver or reduction of fees for identification card.
- A program to provide for the cost of background checks for caregivers.
The Office of Medical Marijuana has been providing patient assistance since December of 2017 and with the passage of Act 44 of 2021, we are able to expand on and implement the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program, or MMAP.
To expedite assistance, expansion of MMAP is occurring in three phases:
- Phase 1 will eliminate annual card fees for eligible participants registered in an existing Commonwealth financial hardship program.
- Phase 2 will eliminate all background check fees for eligible caregivers.
- Phase 3 will distribute a to-be-determined benefit amount per funding period per eligible patient.
Phases 1 and 2 were implemented on March 1, 2022. Phase 3 implementation is in process as we design the infrastructure and support system that is required.