Updated on October 7, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
The Arizona medical marijuana program has a list of medical conditions that doctors follow when qualifying patients for a medical marijuana card. Besides the qualifying conditions, there are also other Arizona medical cannabis qualifications patients must meet.
What Qualifies for a Medical Card in Arizona (AZ)
So what are the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona?
Here’s the complete list:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease (IBD)
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- A chronic or debilitating disease or any medical condition which causes or whose treatment causes:
Severe and chronic pain, cachexia (wasting syndrome), severe nausea, severe or persistent muscle spasms including those that result from multiple sclerosis, seizures including those that are a consequence of epilepsy.
If you’re already suffering from one of the qualifying conditions, or if you’re uncertain about your medical condition you can talk to one of our licensed marijuana doctors in Arizona. Their medical expertise can help you figure out if medical marijuana is the best solution for your health and well-being.
Arizona Medical Marijuana Program
Getting an official medical marijuana recommendation is the first step when applying for an AZ medical card. After a patient has received their recommendation, they should submit their patient application to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
After getting your MMJ certification:
- Submit your application through the Individual Licensing Portal.
- Include a signed and dated Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation Form.
- Pay the $150 state registration fee.
- But, if you are eligible for SNAP assistance, your application fee will be reduced to $75 as long as you can provide valid documentation.
Afterward, 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 medical card status on the ADHS Individual Licensing Portal. The ADHS usually issues a registry identification card within 10 working days after they receive a complete application. You can read more about the Arizona medical marijuana program here.
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Medical Marijuana Card Requirements in Arizona (AZ): Who Qualifies?
There are two types of patients who may qualify for an Arizona medical marijuana card:
- Adult patients (older than 18)
- Minor patients (under the age of 18)
There are different medical marijuana requirements for adult and minor patients in Arizona. For instance, minors need their custodial parent or legal guardian as their designated caregiver, while adults do not.
Adult patients should go over the Adult Patient Application Checklist to ensure they meet all the Arizona medical cannabis qualifications.
Similarly, the designated caregiver of a minor patient should review the Patient Under 18 Application Checklist to confirm they have all the Arizona medical marijuana requirements.
Medical Marijuana Access in Arizona
With a valid Arizona medical marijuana card, patients can purchase medicinal cannabis from any marijuana dispensary in AZ. Additionally, the patient may possess an “allowable amount of marijuana”; restricted to 2.5 ounces of useable marijuana.
Patients that live more than 25 miles from their closest dispensary may grow marijuana. And, their medical card will show that they can cultivate cannabis. Even so, these patients will be limited to 12 marijuana plants contained in an enclosed locked facility. Most importantly, patients cannot have exposed marijuana plants unless they are being transported when the patient is moving.