Physician Certification for PA Medical Marijuana

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We offer patient certification for the PA medical marijuana program

We have offices located in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos (Bethlehem and East Stroudsburg).  


We do not dispense medical marijuana.  Once you obtain certification, you will be able to purchase medical marijuana legally at a state-permitted dispensary in the following forms: pills, oil, topical, vapor, tincture, or liquid.

Be among the first Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients!

How do I obtain a Pennsylvania medical marijuana ID card?

First, you must have medical documentation of one of the following  serious medical conditions: 


• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS a/k/a Lou Gehrig's disease_.

• Anxiety

• Autism.

• 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.

              Common types of movement disorders include:

  • Ataxia. This movement disorder affects the part of the brain that controls coordinated movement (cerebellum). Ataxia may cause uncoordinated or clumsy balance, speech or limb movements, and other symptoms.
  • Cervical dystonia. This condition causes long-lasting contractions (spasms) or intermittent contractions of the neck muscles, causing the neck to turn in different ways.
  • Chorea. Chorea is characterized by repetitive, brief, irregular, somewhat rapid, involuntary movements that typically involve the face, mouth, trunk and limbs.
  • Dystonia. This condition involves sustained involuntary muscle contractions with twisting, repetitive movements. Dystonia may affect the entire body (generalized dystonia) or one part of the body (focal dystonia).
  • Functional movement disorder. This condition may resemble any of the movement disorders, but is not due to neurological disease.
  • Huntington's disease. This is an inherited progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that causes uncontrolled movements (chorea), impaired cognitive abilities and psychiatric conditions.
  • Multiple system atrophy. This uncommon, progressive neurological disorder affects many brain systems. Multiple system atrophy causes a movement disorder, such as ataxia or parkinsonism. It can also cause low blood pressure and impaired bladder function.
  • Myoclonus. This condition causes lightning-quick jerks of a muscle or a group of muscles.
  • Parkinson's disease. This slowly progressive, neurodegenerative disorder causes tremor, stiffness (rigidity), slow decreased movement (bradykinesia) or imbalance. It may also cause other nonmovement symptoms. PD is recognized by the PA DOH
  • Parkinsonism. Parkinsonism describes a group of conditions that has symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease.
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a rare neurological disorder that causes problems with walking, balance and eye movements. It may resemble Parkinson's disease but is a distinct condition.
  • Restless legs syndrome. This movement disorder causes unpleasant, abnormal feelings in the legs while relaxing or lying down, often relieved by movement.
  • Tardive dyskinesia.  (TD) This neurological condition is caused by long-term use of certain drugs used to treat psychiatric conditions (neuroleptic drugs). Tardive dyskinesia causes repetitive and involuntary movements such as grimacing, eye blinking and other movements.  
  • Tourette syndrome. This is a neurological condition that starts between childhood and teenage years and is associated with repetitive movements (motor tics) and vocal sounds (vocal tics).
  • Tremor. This movement disorder causes involuntary rhythmic shaking of parts of the body, such as the hands, head or other parts of the body. The most common type is essential tremor.
  • Wilson's disease. This is a rare inherited disorder that causes excessive amounts of copper to build up in the body, causing neurological problems such as movement disorder

• Epilepsy.

• Glaucoma.

• HIV / AIDS .

• Huntington’s disease.

• Inflammatory bowel disease.

• Intractable seizures.

• Multiple Sclerosis.

• Neurodegenerative Diseases: for example

  • Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias.
  • Parkinson's disease (PD) and PD-related disorders.
  • Prion disease.
  • Motor neurone diseases (MND)
  • Huntington's disease (HD) or Huntington's Chorea
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

Neuropathies:

                 Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy

                 It happens when high blood sugar levels damage the nerves. 

                 More than half the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.


            Other  Health conditions that can cause peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Autoimmune diseases. These include Sjogren's syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis,  chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and vasculitis.
  • Infections. These include certain viral or bacterial infections, including Lyme disease, Shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C, Guillain-Barre syndrome, leprosy, diphtheria, and HIV.
  • Inherited disorders. Disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease are hereditary types of neuropathy.
  • Tumors. Growths, cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign), can develop on the nerves or press nerves. Also, polyneuropathy can arise as a result of some cancers related to the body's immune response. These are a form of a degenerative disorder called paraneoplastic syndrome.
  • Bone marrow disorders. These include an abnormal protein in the blood (monoclonal gammopathies), a form of bone cancer (myeloma), lymphoma and the rare disease amyloidosis.
  • Other diseases. These can include kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorders and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).



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

• Tourette Syndrome



If any of these apply to you or if you are a caregiver for a patient who qualifies, first register with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  If you want more information prior to registering, visit the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program website.

AFTER registering on the State's website, provide us with proof of one of the above conditions

Faxes directly from your doctor's office are preferred.

Next, schedule an appointment at our office.

We are looking into ways  to allow you to pre-pay and schedule online.  For now, call our office.

Insurance does not cover visits for medical marijuana.

All office visit fees are paid at your own expense and are non refundable if you miss your appointment.

About Us

Quality, Compassionate Care

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If you are looking for quality treatment with compassion and convenience with the goal of treating your condition using an alternative, natural way of healing without using industrialized pharmaceuticals, we are here to help!

Cannabis and Healing

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If you suffer from one of the above 21 serious medical conditions, you may qualify for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Our team will guide you through your options to make sure that you are comfortable with your treatment plan.

Our Promise to You

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In order to provide our patients with the highest level of care, our goal is to create a treatment plan that will best suit your needs. 

Cannabis Treatment

Cancer

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The active component of the marijuana plant, cannabinoids, have shown to inhibit tumor growth and kill cancer cells in lab testings. A number of patients use cannabis to treat their cancer and suppress its side effects. 

 

Seizures

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Medical marijuana contains antispasmodic qualities which relax muscles and has shown to be an effective treatment for seizures. Marijuana oils that are rich in cannabidol (CBD), are the preferred method for treatment.

 

Chronic Pain

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Patients who suffer from chronic pain caused by diabetes, cancer, MS, HIV, and other diseases have been turning to medical marijuana as a way to treat their pain without the use of addictive pharmaceutical medications. 

Our Team

Meet Dr. Zahl

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Kenneth Zahl, MD is a pain management physician who helps patients in East Stroudsburg and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania find relief from pain and get to the root cause of their discomfort.




Education and Training

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Dr. Zahl received a degree in chemistry from New York University and earned his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He specializes in using interventional pain management to treat both complex pain conditions and injury-induced pain. He also has experience with medical treatment of pain.


Originally trained in Anesthesiology, Dr. Zahl has since dedicated his practice to the diagnosis, management, and treatment of chronic pain conditions so that he can help people live their lives to the fullest. He is known for providing personalized, high-quality care to those who struggle to manage their pain or have had difficulty finding results elsewhere.  With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Zahl is a leader in the field of pain medicine and management.


Additional Resources

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Dr. Zahl also treats patients for chronic pain as well as opioid dependence and addiction.  Please visit paindoctor.me and suboxone.me for further details.

Contact Us

Call to Schedule an Appointment

Please feel free to contact a member of our staff directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have. 

Pocono Pain Clinic

175 E Brown St, Suite 201-B, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, US

(570) 422-6666 fax: (570) 796-9246

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