Arizona voters passed the first medical marijuana law in 2010, approving the Proposition 203, which legalized the use of medical cannabis under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The law also removed all state-level criminal penalties for using and possessing medical cannabis.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) was responsible for regulating the state’s medical marijuana law. Recently, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that medical marijuana extracts are illegal.
According to released data on September 2018, Arizona has about 175,000 medical marijuana patients and more than 100 operating medical marijuana dispensaries.
In case you are an Arizona resident and wish to obtain your medical marijuana card, this article contains a guide that will show you how to easily get your card.
What are the steps to get a marijuana card in Arizona?
The first step for you to get your medical marijuana card is to schedule an appointment with a marijuana physician licensed to work in the state of Arizona.
As you get to your consultation, you must talk to the physician about your ailments, who will evaluate if you have one of the medical conditions listed in the AZ medical marijuana program. If you are approved by the physician, he/she will fill out and sign an official ADHS medical marijuana certification form recommending you medical cannabis.
After you have received the official signed ADHS medical marijuana form from a licensed physician, you will have to gather some additional documents necessary to complete your online ADHS application.
These documents include a photo ID, a recent photograph separated from your official photo ID, phone number, address, date of birth, and others. For the full list click here.
Once you gathered all your documents and the doctor’s recommendation, you can finish submitting your application. You can see the status of your application in their online service.
There’s a fee of $150 dollars that you must pay for an initial or renewal registry card.
*All documents must be scanned and uploaded into a PDF format and they must all be submitted online. Hand delivered applications won’t be accepted.
Do I qualify as a patient for Arizona’s medical cannabis program?
A qualifying Arizona patient is 18 years or older (if the patient is under 18, you must have a legal guardian register as your caregiver), a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona Identification Card, an Arizona residential address and one or more of the qualifying conditions listed in the program.
What are the qualifying conditions for the Arizona program?
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)Cancer
Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Severe and chronic pain
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
If you have one medical debilitating condition that causes one of the symptoms above such as severe nausea and chronic pain, you can apply for medical cannabis.
Where can I find a licensed marijuana physician?
To help you with that task, Veriheal has a team of qualified professionals who will connect you with licensed Arizona doctors that will recommend you medical cannabis in Arizona.
All you have to do is to register on our website, schedule your consultation with a licensed physician and then consult with a marijuana doctor.
The consultation takes from 10-15 minutes and you’ll get to talk to the doctor about your medical condition, have all of your questions about a medical cannabis treatment answered. When approved, you will receive your medical cannabis recommendation.
If you are not approved for some reason you will be issued a refund in FULL. The fee for the consultation, recommendation, and approval is $199 for an individual package and $379 for a combo package (2 people).
I received my medical marijuana card. Now what?
Once you received your medical marijuana card, you can access marijuana legally from Arizona dispensaries.
All patients can grow up to 12 plants. However, you are only allowed to grow your own plants if you live 25 miles away from a marijuana dispensary.