Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program
Arizona legalized medical marijuana when voters approved Proposition 203 at the ballot in 2010. It was the third vote on the matter, and it passed by a very narrow margin, with just 50.13 percent of the vote. Prop 203 allows for qualifying patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana.
Home cultivation is permitted for those who live further than 25 miles from a state-licensed dispensary. A maximum of 12 plants are allowed, and they must be located in an “enclosed, locked facility.”
Medical marijuana can be recommended by a doctor for any of the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Persistent Muscle Spasms
How to Apply For a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona
Collect all documentation required during the application process and follow all application instructions for Adult Patients, Patients Under 18, or Caregivers. Before beginning the application process, be sure you have the following items in digital format ready for upload:
- electronic copy of photo id; and
- current digital photograph; and
- electronic copy of physician’s certification form; and
- electronic copy of your attestation; and
- Visa or Mastercard for payment; and
- if applicable, SNAP documentation.
Verify all data is correct before saving each page of the application. Once completed, submit the entire application at Arizona Department of Health Services without closing the browser.
To apply for a medical marijuana card in Arizona you must meet this criteria:
- Must be a resident of Arizona.
- Obtain an authenticated, written certification from a doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, naturopathic physician or homeopathic physician licensed in the state of Arizona that states that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that you would likely receive benefit from marijuana. Patients can find a medical marijuana doctor in Arizona here.
- Note: You may be required to bring a copy of your medical records to your marijuana evaluation appointment, indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records.
- Once you have received your marijuana recommendation, you must register with the Arizona Department of Health Services to obtain a Medical Marijuana card.
Renewal Requirements For Medical Marijuana Patients in Arizona
Patients must renew annually. Submit a renewal application and have the following ready:
- A new, current physician certification.
- A new, current photograph.
- A new Patient Attestation Form signed and dated with the current date.
- Current documentation of your SNAP eligibility. The document submitted must indicate your first and last name.
- A copy of your identification if your name has changed since your last application.