Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in Arizona

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya on February 6, 2024

Obtaining medical marijuana in Arizona requires individuals to have a state-issued medical marijuana card. And, only patients suffering from one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona can get it. To verify a diagnosis with a qualifying medical condition, patients must get a marijuana certification from a medical marijuana doctor in Arizona.

This page highlights the qualifying conditions, besides other Arizona medical marijuana card requirements. After going over its contents, you will know whether you qualify for medical marijuana in AZ. If you meet all the Arizona medical cannabis qualifications, schedule an appointment with an AZ MMJ doctor near you and get your marijuana certification. After getting certified, you can apply for the AZ medical marijuana card.

What Qualifies for a Medical Card in AZ?

To qualify for a medical card in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 government fee for the medical card application is $150 and is non-refundable. But those that can prove participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pay $75.

If you are still unsure about what qualifies for a medical card in AZ, go over the Adult Patient Application Checklist if you are an adult patient. And if you are a caregiver to a minor patient, go over the Patient Under 18 Application Checklist.

To get a medical marijuana card in Arizona, an MMJ doctor must certify that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions mentioned below.

The Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in Arizona include:

If you’re already suffering from one of the medical conditions mentioned above or are uncertain about your illness, you can talk to one of our licensed marijuana doctors in Arizona. Their medical expertise can help you understand if medical marijuana is the best solution for your health and well-being.

I Meet the Arizona Medical Cannabis Qualifications – What’s Next?

Getting an official medical marijuana certification is the first step when applying for an AZ medical card. After getting certified, you should submit your patient application to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS/AZDHS).

To proceed:

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 ten (10) working days after receiving a complete application.

Which documents should I submit with my Arizona medical marijuana card application?

Besides meeting the requirements mentioned above, you must have the following documents on hand 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
  • A current passport-style photograph. (Not older than 60 days from the application date)

2. A signed and dated Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation.

3. Physician-completed Medical Marijuana Physician Certification Form. (From one of our AZ MMJ doctors)

4. SNAP documentation. (If applicable)

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Common Questions about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Requirements

Below are answers to questions patients have about Arizona’s medical marijuana qualification and requirements.

How do I qualify to apply for a medical marijuana card in Arizona?

To qualify for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, you must be a resident of Arizona suffering from one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in the state.

Adult patients must be at least 18 years old, while minors must have a caregiver such as their parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf.

Can you get a medical card for anxiety and depression in Arizona?

No, anxiety and depression are not qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona.

However, patients can get a medical card for a qualifying condition that causes anxiety and depression, for instance, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    What are the qualifying medical conditions in Arizona?

    The qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C. Additionally, any medical condition or its treatment that causes cachexia (wasting syndrome), chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (epilepsy), severe and persistent muscle spasms (multiple sclerosis), and any other medical condition or its treatment added by the ADHS.

    Can you get a medical marijuana card for insomnia in Arizona?

    No, insomnia is not a qualifying condition for a medical card in Arizona.

    But, if you suffer from an ailment that qualifies for medicinal cannabis and causes insomnia, you can get an AZ medical marijuana card.

    How can I request that my medical condition be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions?

    Patients can request the addition of an illness to the list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in Arizona. The ADHS accepts written requests to add a new medical condition in January and July of each calendar year. To request the inclusion of an illness, a patient must submit: 

    1. The name of the medical condition.

    2. A description of the symptoms of the disease and its effects on a patient’s quality of life.

    3. A summary of evidence that marijuana is a viable option for treatment.

    Can you get a medical card for ADHD in Arizona?

    No. Unfortunately, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not a qualifying condition for a medical card in Arizona.

    As a result, medical marijuana doctors in Arizona cannot issue you with a marijuana certification for ADHD. But, the Arizona medical marijuana laws allow individuals to request the addition of new illnesses to the existing list of qualifying medical conditions. So, if a petition asking for the inclusion of ADHD goes through, then patients may qualify for a medical card.