Medical Marijuana in Arizona
Medical Marijuana in Arizona
Arizona is a southwestern state, best known for its historical landmark, the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also home to the mile-deep chasm, which has been carved out by the Colorado River. Other natural sites include Saguaro National Park, which has a rich cactus-filled desert landscape. If you’re a fan of sports, Arizona is home to a number of professional teams, most notably are the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Phoenix Suns. Lastly, but certainly not least, Arizona is home to some of the best Mexican-influenced cuisine in the country, including burritos, chimichangas, and Navajo tacos.
How do I get a medical marijuana prescription in Arizona?
In order to get a prescription for medical marijuana in Arizona, you must meet one or more of the following qualifying conditions: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, epilepsy, severe nausea, ALS, Chron’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease. If you qualify for medical marijuana in Arizona, you then need to see a certified medical marijuana physician in order to receive your medical marijuana recommendation.
How do I get my medical marijuana card?
After being given a medical marijuana recommendation by a certified doctor, to get your medical marijuana card in Arizona, patients are required to apply on the state website: azdhs.gov. Patients are required to provide proof of identity and proof of residency when applying and pay a fee of $150. This certification card lasts 2 years before needing to be renewed.
Where can I purchase medical marijuana in Arizona?
Arizona is home to over 130 medical marijuana dispensaries, where approved patients are able to purchase medical cannabis products. Patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis every two weeks. Patients are also permitted to grow their own medical marijuana plants, but only if the patient lives further than 25 miles from a medical cannabis dispensary.
Do I need a medical card in Arizona?
Now that Arizona has approved adult use (recreational), you don’t necessarily need a card. But there are benefits to having a medical marijuana card in an adult use state.
Getting an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card
Consult a Doctor:
- Allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO), homeopathic [MD(H) or DO(H)], and naturopathic [NMD or ND] physicians who have a physician-patient relationship with the patient may write certifications for medical marijuana. The physician must hold a valid Arizona license
- You will need current (within the last calendar year) medical records documenting your diagnosis with one of the above conditions. If you have not yet been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, you will need to make an appointment with a licensed physician to formally obtain the diagnosis.
How to Get Your Card:
Once you have your medical records in hand, you’ll need the following to file your medical marijuana card application with the assistance of your doctor:
- An Arizona photo ID issued after 1996 (driver’s license, identiﬁcation card, or US Passport). Note: You may need an electronic copy of this-i.e., take a digital photo of the front and back of the ID.
- A Mastercard or Visa debit, credit, or prepaid card. This is required to pay the Arizona Department of Health State’s $150 application fee.
- A digital photograph of the patient. Note the specs here: ADHS specifically requires a photo taken within the past 60 days; it must be 2 inches by 2 inches in size, or minimum 600×600 pixels, maximum 1200×1200 pixels; it must be in “passport photo” style, face-fronting with no hats or headgear, with a plain white background.
How much does a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona cost?
- Standard application fee is $150. Arizona discounts this fee to $75 for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamp card).
- Your SNAP card must have your first name on the front. If it does not, the state will need to see your SNAP approval letter from D.E.S. (the state Department of Economic Security).
- Fees for processing the application will vary by physician. Typically they range between $150 and $300.
How long does it take to get a Medical Marijuana card in Arizona?
Once the Arizona Department of Health receives the application from your physician, processing time can take as little as 3-5 business days or as much as two weeks. Initial notification is sent to the patient via email.
Once your application has been approved by the Arizona Department of Health, your medical marijuana card should arrive at your mailing address within 3-10 business days.
By following these steps, if your doctor recommends medical marijuana as a solution for your condition and unique symptoms, you’ll be eligible for a medical marijuana card with access to our growing roster of dispensaries across the entire state. Mail-order and walk ins are available.
Arizona – Qualifying Conditions List
Below are the following conditions that qualify for Medical Marijuana listed on the Arizona Department of Health Services website:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- Severe and chronic pain;
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Arizona Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas
Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:
- Casa Grande
- Lake Havasu City
- Sierra Vista & More
How do I find qualified Arizona medical marijuana doctors.
Since telemedicine is available, it’s easy. Register online and follow the instructions in order to see a Arizona doctor. Arizona cannabis doctors can speak with you via computer to make the process as easy as possible to get your Arizaona medical card.
What do I need for a Arizona medical marijuana doctors appointment?
Like any doctor appointment you should have your medical records ready that identify at least one of the qualifying conditions, and be able to describe your medical history.
Arizona Approval – How do I know when I’m approved for a Medical Marijuana Card?
You’ll receive an email from the Arizona Department of Health when you are approved.
What do I do after I’ve found out I’m approved for Arizona medical marijuana?
Congratulations! A qualifying patient can visit or call any of the approved companies licensed to dispense marijuana.
How do Patients Renew Arizona Medical Marijuana cards?
Cards need to be renewed every two years. This can be done through the azdhs.gov website.
What type of medical marijuana is available in Arizona?
Arizona allows whole flower, pre-rolls, edibles like candies and chocolate, vapes and more.
Is smoking medical marijuana allowed in Arizona?
Yes. That said there are restrictions on where you can smoke approved marijuana.
Is medical marijuana telemedicine legal in Arizona?
Yes. Arizona permits medical marijuana physicians to use telemedicine to meet with their patients.
Where are the Arizona Dispensaries?
CalmEffect tracks the dispensaries on our city by city dispensary list! Qualified patients can visit the dispensaries.
Are there any dispensary deals in Arizona?
Yes! CalmEffect also tracks dispensary deals in Arizona!
Check out our Arizona dispensary locator for a dispensary near you.