If you’re reading this, then you already know that to purchase medical marijuana in the state of Arizona you need an MMJ card.
In this comprehensive step-by-step guide we’ve mapped out the exact process you need to know to obtain a medical marijuana card . You’ll also find answers to some of the top questions asked by our medical patients.
Before we get down to the practical steps, it’s important that you understand the current situation in Arizona in regards to marijuana laws.
Arizona isn’t the easiest state to obtain medical marijuana, but it is far from the hardest. On November 02, 2010, the state took a giant leap and approved the Arizona Proposition 203 AKA the “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.”
This was a significant milestone for the state as the proposition removed all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana.
The state established a registration and renewal process that is governed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona?
As a resident of Arizona, the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card is follows:
The first step to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state of Arizona is to retrieve your medical records and get a signed physician’s statement from a doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, naturopathic physician or a homeopathic physician licensed in the state of Arizona by the ADHS to practice marijuana medicine. Please note, your doctor can’t simply provide a written recommendation, it has to be a completed and signed electronic copy of the state’s physician certification form.
Unfortunately, to get a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of Arizona, you MUST be a resident. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example, an Arizona I.D, passport or another photo I.D, with proof of residency, such as a bank statement, utility bill, etc…
If you are from another state, it MAY be possible to obtain a medical card, but it is decided by the ADHS, per case. From our knowledge, most out of state residents are denied a medical marijuana card from the state.
Unlike other medical states, Arizona’s laws require you to submit your application along with as much medical documentation as possible. You are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your physician describing their diagnosis.
Similar to other states you will need to have a physician-patient relationship (aka a bona fide doctor patient relationship).
Important Tip- The more medical history you can retrieve and have verified by your physician the more of a chance you are going to have in getting a medical marijuana card. Furthermore, make sure you make copies of all your documents as you will be required to bring them along to your medical marijuana evaluation appointment.
Once you have your documents and your physician’s medical recommendation, then next step is to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services. You can access the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program Application directly on their website.
Tip – You will be required to upload all documents in PDF format. If you have problems or are not tech savvy it would be best to consult with your local photography shop.
Here is a quick reminder of what you will need;
- Electronic copy of photo identification;
- Current digital photograph;
- Electronic copy of completed and signed physician certification form;
- Electronic copy of completed and signed qualifying patient attestation;
- Visa or Mastercard for payment; and
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) documentation, if applicable
For patients under 18 years of age, please make sure you choose the relevant form.
For further information feel free to contact the Arizona Department of Health Services:
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Medical Marijuana Program
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Website: Arizona Medical Marijuana Program
One of the good things about Arizona, compared to other states, is that they’ve entered the 20th century. You can easily follow up on the status of your medical card application by using their online service.
Can I only Apply Online? Or Can I walk it in?
ADHS have developed an online process only.
How Long Will It take to Receive a Medical Card?
After ADHS receives a completed application, ADHS will issue a registry identification card to the patient within 10 working days.
What are the Costs Involved?
- $150 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a qualifying patient. Some qualifying patients may be eligible to pay $75 for initial and renewal cards if they currently participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- $200 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a designated caregiver. A caregiver must apply for a new card for every patient under their care (up to five patients).
- $500 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a dispensary agent.
- $5,000 for an initial dispensary registration certificate.
- $1,000 for a renewal dispensary registration certificate.
- $2,500 to change the location of a dispensary or cultivation facility.
- $10 to amend, change, or replace a registry identification card.
What Conditions are Eligible to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
Patients of Arizona diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Arizona Medical Marijuana law, as per Ballot Proposition 203 “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act”.
Most conditions are debilitating medical ones, and they include:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- Severe and chronic pain;
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
What Are Approved Medical Marijuana Patients Entitled To?
By enrolling and receiving approval by the state of Arizona, you will be permitted to obtain:
Possession of an “allowable amount of marijuana”:
- Two-and-one-half ounces of usable marijuana; and
- If the qualifying patient’s registry identification card states that the qualifying patient is authorized to cultivate marijuana, twelve marijuana plants contained in an enclosed, locked facility except that the plants are not required to be in an enclosed, locked facility if the plants are being transported because the qualifying patient is moving.
Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?
According to state law, a qualifying patient or the qualifying patient’s caregiver may be allowed to grow marijuana only if a dispensary is not operating within twenty-five (25) miles of the qualifying patient’s home.
How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card?
The process is pretty straightforward and can be done by downloading the state form. You can only apply for a renewal considering you have less than 90 days on your current card.
Per Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R9-17-102, the application fee for a renewal application is the same as the application fee for a new application.
- Qualifying Patient Application, $150
- Qualifying Patient Application that is eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $75
- Minor Patient Application (includes caregiver), $350 or $275 if SNAP eligible
- Designated Caregiver Application, $200 (for each application)
In addition, several documents will need to be updated
- You will need to obtain and submit a new, current physician certification.
- You will need to obtain and submit a new, current photograph (taken no more than 60 calendar days before you submit your renewal).
- You will need to obtain and submit a new Patient Attestation Form signed and dated with the current date.
- You will need to obtain and submit current documentation of your SNAP eligibility. The document submitted must indicate your first and last name.
- You may need to submit a copy of your identification if your name has changed since your last application.
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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly, in the safety of your home or a private residence.
According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a qualifying patient may not consume medical marijuana at a dispensary but may eat medical marijuana in foods or use infused products at other locations. State law lists places where a qualifying patient may not smoke medical marijuana, including public places. A qualifying patient who lives in a nursing care institution, hospice, assisted living facility, or adult foster care home or who attends an adult day health care facility may also have to follow restrictions imposed by the facility.
Can I Consume Cannabis in My Car?
No. A patient cannot drive while under the influence of marijuana.
Can I take My Meds to a Different State?
Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana, it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the specific laws of the state you are going to not risk breaking any laws.
How Much Should I consume?
We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using medical marijuana.
Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us through our Facebook Page or go directly to the ADHS FAQ page
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