In Arizona, medical marijuana requirements determines whether you’re an eligible patient or not. You can keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the process of becoming a qualified marijuana patient.
In the state of Arizona, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Arizona Medical Marijuana law, as per the Arizona Medical Marijuana Commission. A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Maryland:
- Pain (chronic or severe)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Spasms
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their ‘Designated Caregiver’.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Arizona and proof must be provided in the form of a state issued ID card.
- The patient must meet the Arizona medical marijuana requirements, that means they must have a diagnosis of at least one of the Qualifying Medical conditions listed above.
- The patient must submit their application using the ADHS Medical Marijuana Online Registry System.
* The patient must pay a non-refundable application fee of $150.
* Patients on SNAP assistance may be eligible to pay a reduced application fee of $75, provided they have proof of benefits.
* The patient must ask their certified practitioner to fill out a Medical Marijuana Physician Certification Form (PDF) on their behalf. You will need to submit this document in your application.
* The patient must sign a Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation Form (PDF).
* For patients under the age of eighteen (18), please review the Medical Marijuana Program – Qualifying Patient Under the Age of 18 Application Information (PDF).
- Once the application has been approved, the patient will receive an email from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), informing them of the approval. The Registry ID Card will be sent via regular mail to the address provided in the patient’s application.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Arizona
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana Card from the Arizona Medical Marijuana Commission, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
* Only qualified patients or designated caregivers may obtain no more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana during a two-week (14 days) period, and must do so at an approved nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.
* Patients who live more than 25 miles from their nearest dispensary may cultivate a limited amount of twelve (12) marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.
* Before submitting an application, the patient should first consider if they will need to designate a caregiver. The patient must indicate whether they wish to designate a caregiver or file a request to cultivate, during the application process.
* Please note: If the patient chooses to register a designated caregiver for the purpose of cultivating, the patient may not cultivate their own marijuana plants.
* In addition, if the patient has designated a caregiver, a Caregiver Application must also be submitted. Please read carefully any caregiver-specific application instructions.