Arizona (AZ) Medical Marijuana Program

Updated on December 15, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

When applying for the AZ medical marijuana card, you must register as a patient with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS/ AZDHS) Medical Marijuana Program. But before registering with the ADHS, you must obtain a marijuana certification from a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Arizona. 

This page details all the relevant information you need to know about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. After going over its contents, you will have a good understanding of what the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program requires from you. Additionally, this information should make your Arizona medical card application a breeze. Go ahead book an appointment with one of our Arizona marijuana doctors near you and get certified for medical marijuana.

How do I get medical marijuana through the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program?

As mentioned earlier, a marijuana certification from an AZ MMJ doctor is necessary before you can get your medical marijuana card. Afterward, you can register as a patient on the AZDHS Individual Licensing Portal and apply for the AZ medical marijuana card. 

It is worth noting that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program requires patients to have an in-person appointment with a medical marijuana doctor for their initial evaluation. So, you will have to visit one of our doctors near you to get certified for medical cannabis.

An in-person consultation through QuickMedCards is easy and quick. Get started by filling out this information form, then create your account. Next, pick a time that is most convenient for your marijuana evaluation. The appointment usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes, and if you are eligible, our AZ marijuana doctor will issue you with your marijuana certification shortly after.

Most importantly, cannabis doctors only certify those ailing from a qualifying condition for a medical card in Arizona. So, if your medical condition is not on the list, it is unlikely that a doctor will certify you for medical marijuana. Often, the doctor will recommend medicinal cannabis as a form of treatment if you are suffering from:

  • A chronic medical condition whose prescription medication could lead to physical or psychological dependence.
  • Or a chronic medical condition that causes severe, debilitating psychiatric disorders.

Take a look at the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona.

Registering as a patient on the AZDHS Individual Licensing Portal

After securing your marijuana certification, you must submit your patient registration to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program through the AZDHS Individual Licensing Portal. Before proceeding, however, you must meet the following Arizona medical cannabis qualifications:

  • Adult applicants must be 18 (eighteen) years or older to apply.
  • Patients younger than eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application must have a designated and registered ‘Approved Caregiver’ applying on their behalf.
  • All applicants must be registered residents in the state of Arizona.
  • All patients must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. 
  • The medical card application fee is $150 and is non-refundable. But those that can prove participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pay $75.

Which documents do I need when submitting the Arizona med card application?

Besides meeting the requirements mentioned above, you must have the following documents ready for upload when applying for your AZ medical marijuana card:

  1. Proof of identity and Arizona residency. For example:
    • Arizona driver’s license
    • AZ identification card
    • Arizona registry identification card
    • The photograph page in your U.S passport
    • Birth certificate
    • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  2. A current passport-style photograph. (Not older than 60 days from the application date)
  3. A signed and dated Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation.
  4. Physician-completed Medical Marijuana Physician Certification Form. (From one of our AZ MMJ doctors)
  5. SNAP documentation. (If applicable)

How do I submit the AZ medical marijuana card application?

Now that you are ready, this is how you go about completing your registration as a medical cannabis patient in Arizona in four easy steps:

  1. Submit your application on the ADHS Individual Licensing Portal.
  2. Include a signed and dated Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation Form. 
  3. Pay the $150 state registration fee.
  4. If you are eligible for SNAP assistance, provide valid documentation to qualify for the $75 registration fee. 

Later, you will receive your digital AZ medical marijuana ID card through a link once the ADHS processes and approves your application. Also, you can check your AZ MMJ card status on the ADHS Individual Licensing Portal. The AZ MMJ card wait time may take ten (10) working days after submitting a complete application.

When did the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program start?

Following a majority vote on November 2, 2010, Arizona officialized its medical marijuana initiative through Proposition 203. The ADHS finalized its dispensary and patient registry documentation on March 28, 2011. And on April 14, patients and caregivers could apply for the MMP, being offered protection from arrest on Schedule I regulations. 

A registered Arizona patient can possess up to 2 and a half ounces of marijuana and may also designate their caregiver to carry or possess it on their behalf. Moreover, Arizona marijuana laws stipulate that any patient living 25 miles (or further) away from a dispensary may cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants on their property. 

Out-of-state patients are eligible for legal protection for up to 30 days through their medical marijuana ID card. But they cannot use it to purchase cannabis products from a dispensary. 

In 2019, Governor Doug Ducey approved a law requiring state dispensaries to test all of their medical marijuana products through third-party laboratories for THC/CBD potency, as well as any potential contaminants. The legislature also increased the validity of medical ID cards to two years, upwards from one. 

In 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court settled State v. Jones, ruling that any concentrates, cannabis-infused edibles, or other similar products were fully legal under the Arizona medical marijuana laws. 

Ten years after its medical legalization, Arizona residents voted in 60% majority to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana through Proposition 207. Come 2021, Arizona became one of the first states to apply its voter initiative on January 22. As a result, it became one of the hallmark states of US-wide normalization, alongside New Jersey, New York, and New Mexico. 

Contact details for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

State Jurisdiction: The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)

Address:
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Phone: (602) 542-1025

Fax: (602) 542-0883

Website: Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

AZ medical marijuana rules

Following this year’s legalization, the Arizona marijuana market has flourished both on the medical and recreational side. Thanks to the added accessibility to marijuana products brought on by this market flourish, state-registered patients are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the AZ marijuana laws in relation to the benefits and responsibilities that their patient status provides:

  • Through their medical marijuana ID card, patients are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana for every 14-day period. For reference, recreational users are allowed a possession limit of only 1 ounce
  • State-approved dispensaries remain the only locations where you may conduct your marijuana-related purchases. Personal sales are strictly prohibited by Arizona state laws and you should NOT engage with them in any way, shape, or form.
  • Patients who live at least 25 miles away from a dispensary may grow up to 12 cannabis plants on their own private property. For reference, non-patient residents are allowed to cultivate up to 6 plants, or 12 per household, if two or more adults are living in the same residence. 
  • If your treatment includes hashish-based products OR other products made from any type of marijuana concentrate, know that state regulations remain the same, as per Schedule I drug regulations. The legal possession limit for hash and concentrates is 5 grams.
  • Marijuana paraphernalia (such as bongs, tobacco blunts, rolling paper) is fully legalized for adults through Proposition 207. Adults are allowed to possess, use, manufacture, and sell paraphernalia without any legal repercussions. 

List of medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona

Once you get your AZ medical marijuana card, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) will provide you with a list of all operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona. Remember, if you live farther than 25 miles from the closest dispensary, you can lawfully cultivate marijuana for personal use.

How many dispensaries are in Arizona?

There are 130 medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona with 125 operating facilities. Some of the most popular medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona include:

  • ANC Medical and Recreational Marijuana Dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • Phoenix Relief Center Marijuana Dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Arizona Organix Dispensary in Glendale, Arizona.

Also, there are 143 licensed recreational marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, and 126 are currently operational.

Once I get my card, what type of medicine can I buy from Arizona dispensaries?

With your AZ medical card, you can get different forms of medical marijuana from state-approved dispensaries. For instance:

  • Cannabis flower
  • Vape cartridges
  • Cannabis edibles
  • Extracts
  • Pre-rolls
  • Topicals

Common Questions About the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

Below are answers to common questions that patients have about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program.