Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws

arizona medical marijuanaCurrently, only medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, not recreational.  Medical marijuana was legalized in Arizona by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.  In November 2016, Arizona voters rejected Proposition 205 which would have legalized medical marijuana.  Proposition 205 would have legalized recreational marijuana for those over 21.

The Arizona Department of Health Services manages the requirements and administration of medical marijuana cards.  Arizona divides its qualified patients into two categories: adult patients and patients under the age of 18.  For those wanting a card under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must designated as a caregiver of the patients.  For those under 18, Arizona allows you to apply online. Both the patient and legal guardian must apply together and the information on the applications must be the same.

What is Required for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card?

Basic identification like gender, date of birth, address and email are required.  A designated physician, physician’s license number and license type must be obtained.  A separate form must be filled out by the physician.  A second form must also be filled out listing all of the patient’s qualifying health conditions.  The form asks whether the caregiver is requesting to cultivate marijuana plants.  Another form is required to be filled out fi the patient or parent is eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Fingerprints must also be submitted.

The application for an adult is very similar.  Adults do not need to list a caregiver.

Arizona specifically lists the qualifying medical conditions to obtain a medical marijuana card.  These include: cancer, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s Disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or a chronic debilitating disease or medical condition.  This chronic or debilitating disease must cause cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures including epilepsy, severe or persistent muscle spasms including multiple sclerosis.

Arizona allows a person to request an addition of a condition if theirs is not listed to the list of debilitating medical conditions. In January and July, the Arizona Department of Health Services will accept written requests to add medical conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions.  The request must include a description of the symptoms and their effect on daily life.  Evidence of how medical marijuana will provide therapy or comfort must be described.  Any scientific articles from peer-reviewed journals describing the research done on this condition and treating it with medical marijuana should also be included.

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How Much Marijuana are You Allowed to Possess?

Per Arizona statute, the “allowable amount of marijuana” means two and one half ounces of useable marijuana.  If the patient is authorized to cultivate marijuana, twelve marijuana plants in an enclosed facility is allowed.  A qualifying patient may not consume medical marijuana at a dispensary but may eat edibles or infused products at other locations.  A patient may not smoke medical marijuana in public places. Those who live in a nursing home or assisted living facility may have to follow the restrictions in place at the facility.

A patient cannot drive while under the influence of marijuana.  The Act states that an employer in Arizona may not be able to penalize a patient who has a valid card for having a positive drug test for marijuana.  However, if a patient uses on employment premises or during hours of employment, an employer may take action.

There is a $150 fee for an initial or renewal registry card.  Those who qualify for SNAP or some type of assistance program may qualify for a $75 card.  There is a $200 fee for an initial or renewal registry card for a designated caregiver.