Get Your Medical Marijuana Card
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor
and get approved or your money back!
Talk to a licensed
medical marijuana doctor
and get approved
or your money back!
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona
Still not sure about the process?
To become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona, it’s a three-step process. Book an appointment to see a Veriheal doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition(s). You will also register with the ADHS as a new patient and upload a picture of a valid government issued ID (drivers license, passport, etc) that clearly shows your AZ address. Once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed doctor and be registered with the ADHS. Lastly, once you are approved for medical marijuana in Arizona, the state will mail you your medical card and you can begin buying medical marijuana legally.
Make sure you complete the Marijuana Patient Attestation Form: Must be filled out and uploaded to your Veriheal profile or emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org before your appointment.
*Note: If you have seen a doctor in the past 12 months, you will need to supply medical records of your visit with that physician in order for our doctor to complete the Physician Certification Form.*
The Arizona Department of Health Services, referred to as the ADHS, enacted the medical marijuana regulations in 2015 which allow medical dispensaries to begin receiving licenses to dispense medical marijuana in AZ. The ADHS has approved over 100+ medical cannabis dispensaries in the state.
Arizona is in the south-western region of the United States and borders California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico. The largest city in Arizona is Phoenix and it is also the most populated city in the state. There are multiple dispensaries for the medical marijuana program in Phoenix and the medical marijuana program become available in December 2017, and allowed medical cannabis dispensaries as well as medical cannabis delivery services to operate.
Caregiver Qualifications and Registration
Arizona law specifies that only a qualifying patient can apply for a designated caregiver. Registered caregivers must be ages 21 or older, a resident of Arizona, and have met all eligibility requirements prior to ADHS approval. A designated caregiver may provide care for up to 5 patients and hold a registry identification card for each of his or her patients.
Caregivers are eligible for reimbursement for costs incurred in the service of assisting patients with access and use of medical marijuana.
Caregiver Registry Process
- Caregivers must be at least 21 years old.
- Caregivers must provide proof of residency.
- Caregivers must complete a mandatory criminal background check conducted by the ADHS.
- A designated caregiver may provide care for up to five (5) patients.
- Once approved, designated caregivers must print, sign, and date the Medical Marijuana Caregiver Attestation form and submit a copy of the form online before receiving a registry identification card
- A $150 identification card fee must also be paid to ADHS. The registry ID card will expire one year after the date it was issued. The qualifying patient must apply for renewal at least 30 days before the expiration date.
The department will approve or deny an application/renewal within ten (10) days of receiving a completed application or renewal. A registry identification card is issued within five (5) days following approval. All application or renewal records are confidential.
A qualifying patient or designated caregiver registered with ADHS may obtain and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered non-profit medical marijuana dispensary.
Under existing Arizona law, you can only grow your own weed under two conditions: First, medical marijuana patients can grow up to 12 plants of their own if they don’t have a dispensary within 25 miles of their homes. Second, the plants have to be grown in an “enclosed, locked facility,” which the law defines as a “closet, room, greenhouse, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or security devices that permit access only by a cardholder.” To grow with the law’s blessing, you will also need ADHS to designate you as a medical marijuana cultivator.
ADHS-designated caregivers can also grow and dispense medical marijuana for one to five medical marijuana patients. To be a caregiver, you have to be 21 years or older, agree to assist up to five medical marijuana patients, and have no previous drug felonies.
If Arizona legalizes marijuana in 2016, recreational cultivation will become legal. The proposal that might appear on the ballot lets you grow up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use, with no more than 12 plants growing at a single residence at a time. Recreational users would also have to respect the same facility restrictions as medical marijuana growers, cultivating only in an “enclosed, locked facility.”
Licensing for Growers, Manufacturers, Processors, Retailers etc.
Registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries are the only entities permitted to cultivate, manufacture, acquire, possess, deliver, transfer, and dispense medical cannabis to registered qualifying patients or designated caregivers.
Arizona medical cannabis dispensaries must operate as nonprofit entities and keep bookkeeping records to maintain their nonprofit character. A registered nonprofit dispensary, however, need not be recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS.
Every nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries must register with the ADHS. Entities must submit a complete application, application fee of $5000, and all operating materials to be considered for licensure. No later than 90 days after receipt shall the ADHS provide the nonprofit dispensary with a registration certificate and identification number. Each license must be renewed annually with a renewal fee of $1000.
All dispensary agents must receive a registry identification card from the ADHS before volunteering at a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. Employees must be at least 21 years old, pay a $150 application fee, and meet all eligibility requirements to receive an ADHS registry identification card.
The ADHS currently limits the number of nonprofit dispensary licenses to one (1) license for every (10) Arizona pharmacies. Cities, towns, and counties may enact reasonable zoning regulations to limit the land used for nonprofit cannabis dispensaries.
Places to Visit in Arizona After Enjoying Your Medicine
The sunny state of Arizona is a place where you will not get bored quickly as there are so many things to see and visit. Landmarks like the Grand Canyon are known all over the world.
The Grand Canyon draws tourists from around the globe, but those who venture deeper into the state will find all kinds of unique places and interesting sites. While cities and towns like Phoenix and Sedona make great vacation destinations, you can head beyond the urban centers to discover Native American cliff dwellings and remnants of ancient cultures, historic ghost towns from the mining days, and a landscape perfect for outdoor adventures. Arizona is home to desert, lakes, mountains, slot canyons, saguaro cactus, buttes, waterfalls, and even a volcano with downhill skiing, all of which offer a world of possibilities for travelers.
The Grand Canyon is an enormous crack in the Earth that can be seen from space, and visiting this magnificent natural formation is on almost everyone’s wish list. The canyon is the result of millions of years of erosion by the waters of the mighty Colorado River.
Visitors can see layers of red rock bands that show its’ long history on the walls of the canyon. The canyon is 277 miles long, a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide. Its vast scale and magnificent colors attract millions of visitors every year. The majority of tourists enjoy the canyon from its south rim, but more adventurous visitors hike its walls, take mule rides, or enjoy thrilling white-water rafting on the Colorado River. Most of the canyon is located within Grand Canyon National Park.
While some parts of the canyon on the upper plateau are covered with forests, most of the area is arid. Nevertheless, it is home to 1,500 plants, 89 mammalians, 355 birds, 9 amphibians, 47 reptiles, and 17 fish species. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is about an hour and a half from Flagstaff.
Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Cathedral Rock, Sedona is one of the most famous landmarks in the U.S. and one of the best places to visit in Arizona. It is located in Yavapai County in the Coconino National Forest. The rock is carved from red sandstone created from sand dunes around the ancient Pedregosa Sea.
The elevation of Cathedral Rock’s summit is 4,921 feet, and reaching that summit is the goal of thousands of hikers every year. Named Cathedral Rock Trail, the steep, short ascent starts at the Back O’ Beyond trailhead and climbs all the way to the gaps or saddle points in Cathedral Rock.
This challenging but popular trail offers more of a rock climb than a hike. It is not shaded and is very difficult and steep in places. It takes 1.5 miles to get to the summit and back the same way, and the spectacular views all along the way (especially at the top) make the effort worthwhile. If you are looking for top attractions in Arizona, don’t miss this unique destination.
Saguaro National Park
The giant saguaro, a well-known symbol of the American West, grows in very few places in the United States, and Saguaro National Park near Tucson was created to protect these rare and magnificent plants. The park is located at the heart of the Sonoran desert, at about 2,400 feet above sea level and is one of the top Arizona attractions.
The best time to visit the park is from November to March when the temperatures are cooler. In February and March, these giant cacti and several other desert plants create a spectacular show with their colorful blooms. Saguaro National Park is one of the top Arizona destinations.
The park is a great location for short, pleasant hikes for families, but it also offers more challenging adventure wilderness hikes and camping in the backcountry. Bikers can enjoy Cactus Forest Loop Drive or the Hope Camp Trail.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You need an Arizona ID showing that you live in the state.
First you’ll book an appointment with a physician on Veriheal who will certify you for medical marijuana use.
Once you book your appointment and upload your medical records and documents the doctor can evaluate and certify you for medical marijuana.
We provide the Arizona physicians for you. In the past, the most difficult part of the process was trying to find a practitioner who will approve you for marijuana that is licensed with Arizona to certify patients.
No you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the ADHS.
Patients in Arizona will be approved for any condition that causes general pain and discomfort. The most common diagnosis fall into the general categories:
- Chronic pain
- Amyotrophic lateral
- Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury with
- Inflammatory bowel
- Huntington’s Disease
- Wasting Syndrome
- Severe Nausea
- Persistent muscle
The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.
Arizona has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your AZ Cannabis Card, you get access to:
- Dry Flower
Click “Get My Card Now” below and we can get you approved in no time!
To qualify for medical marijuana in AZ you must be at least 18 years of age, have an Arizona address, have a valid government-issued ID, and have one of the qualifying conditions.
You will only need to bring medical records if you have seen a doctor in the past 12 months. This is a requirement from the state. If you have seen another doctor in the past year, just give them a call to get a copy of your records from those visits.
If you are not approved your consultation is free! We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full.
Yes it does! Arizona now allows people with Chronic Pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.
The cost is $199 for one medical marijuana evaluation and approval. This fee is the Veriheal charge and it covers your medical evaluation, your consultation, with a licensed Arizona practitioner, medical copay, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. Once approved from the doctor there is a Arizona State Registration fee of $150 paid directly to the state.
Once you are approved, you wait two weeks and your AZ MMJ Card will arrive in the mail. Once received you can start purchasing at dispensaries near you.
There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state of AZ. You can see a list of dispensaries HERE.
Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.