Is cannabis legal in Arizona?
The state of Arizona approved the use of medical marijuana in 2010 through the passage of Proposition 203, also known as the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. This law allows qualified patients with certain medical conditions to obtain a medical marijuana card and purchase cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries.
To qualify for medical cannabis in Arizona, patients must have a debilitating medical condition or any other condition that meets the state’s criteria.
Patients are required to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and obtain a written certification from a licensed physician stating that they have a qualifying condition, which can be easily obtained through Compassionate Clinics of America.
A medical cannabis card is known as a registry identification card in Arizona.
Recreational cannabis was made legal in 2020 in the state of Arizona, however, there are several benefits to having your registry identification card in Arizona.
Who qualifies for a medical cannabis card in Arizona?
Arizona residents will need to have a qualifying medical condition in order to get approved for a medical cannabis card.
A licensed medical marijuana doctor at Compassionate Clinics of America will be able to certify you live with one of the following conditions:
- 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;
- Severe seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
We encourage you to look at the Medical Marijuana Program Qualifying Patient Checklist within the Arizona Department of Health Services to see all that is required to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona.
How do I get a medical cannabis card in Arizona?
If you are a resident of the state suffering from a qualifying medical condition, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act allows you to access medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
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What are the benefits of having a medical marijuana card in Arizona?
There are several benefits to having an AZ medical marijuana card including access to products for medical purposes, fewer restrictions, and state reciprocity for travel, access to pediatric cannabis, and the ability to act as a caregiver for a patient.
One of the biggest benefits of participating in the program for the medical use of marijuana in Arizona, however, is saving money.
While both medical patients and recreational consumers in Arizona are required to pay a 5.60% sales tax on every purchase of marijuana for personal use, recreational consumers pay an additional excise tax of 16% on every purchase that medical marijuana patients are not subject to paying.
How much does it cost to get a medical cannabis card in Arizona?
The application fee for new patients for a AZ medical marijuana card is $50 paid to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
There is no fee for veterans and a discount is provided to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP Program) participants.
The cost to get a certification from a licensed medical marijuana doctor with Compassionate Clinics of America is $149. The cost for a renewal of your certification is $149.
What information and forms are required when a patient applies for a Medical Marijuana ID card?
In order to obtain a medical cannabis card in Arizona, applicants must present either a state driver’s license or a state identification card as proof of an individual’s primary residence being within the state of Arizona.
When applying, you will also need to present a Medical Marijuana Physician Certification form, certifying that you live with a qualifying condition. A registered medical marijuana doctor from Compassionate Clinics of America will fill this form out on your behalf.
Check out the Medical Marijuana Program Qualifying Patient Checklist within the Arizona Department of Health Services to see all that is required to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona.
How long is my ID card valid in Arizona? When can I renew my ID card?
Your registry identification card certifying you as a medical patient is valid for a period of two (2) years. Compassionate Clinics of America will notify you when it is time to get re-certified and renew your mmj card.
I’ve heard that I can renew my medical cannabis card for $20 in Arizona. Where can I renew my medical cannabis card for $20?
We have heard that there are some companies that claim that you can renew your medical cannabis card in Arizona for $20. Please be advised that there are no medical card providers who will renew your medical card for $20. Medical cannabis card renewals from Compassionate Clinics of America is at a cost of $149 and it comes with a guaranteed approval or you get your money back.
What is required for medical marijuana patients to renew their Arizona medical marijuana card?
In order to renew their med card, existing must present either a state driver’s license or a state identification card as proof of an individual’s primary residence being within the state of Arizona.
You will also want to present any medical records if you have any to support that you continue to live with one or more of the state’s qualifying conditions to your renewal appointment.
Can I become a caregiver for another patient?
To become a registered caregiver within this program, an individual must first be designated by a medical marijuana patient with their medical card.
Caregivers must be 21 years of age or older, provide consent to assist the patient with medical marijuana use, and have no prior convictions for violent crimes or crimes involving controlled substances within the past 10 years.
Once the patient designates the caregiver and receives approval and registration within the medical marijuana program, the intending caregiver can proceed with the application process through the ADHS Individual Licensing Portal.
A designated caregiver can purchase products at a dispensary for the patients they serve, and also grow medical marijuana for one to five patients (up to twelve marijuana plants contained in a locked facility).
I live in another state, can I apply?
No, in order to participate in AZ’s medical marijuana program, you must be an Arizona resident and provide proof of residency.
Can I use medical marijuana anywhere in Arizona?
Although cannabis is now legal for recreational use in Arizona, it is not permitted to use cannabis in a public space or open space.
Refrain from using cannabis anywhere near schools or while operating a vehicle.
Are mmj cards from other state medical marijuana programs valid in Arizona?
No, to be a legal medical marijuana patient and purchase from a dispensary, you must be a resident of Arizona.
How long does it take to process my application? Will I be given a temporary card while my application is being processed?
After the AZ Department of Health Services (ADHS) receives a complete application, ADHS will issue an electronic registry identification card to the patient within 5 working days.
If I use medical cannabis, will I be able to own a gun in Arizona?
In Arizona, the legalization of medical cannabis through Proposition 203 in November 2010 brought about a complex intersection of gun rights and cannabis use. State-licensed doctors can recommend medical marijuana to Arizona residents with qualifying conditions, who can then obtain a medical marijuana card, granting them the right to purchase, possess, and use cannabis. While the state recognizes these rights, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. This dichotomy presents a unique challenge for medical cannabis users who are also gun owners. Under Arizona law, possessing a medical cannabis card does not automatically disqualify individuals from gun ownership, as state law allows for both.
However, federal law, specifically the Gun Control Act of 1968, prohibits cannabis users from owning firearms. Although there have been no reported cases of federal officials targeting Arizona’s medical marijuana patients who own firearms, the potential legal complexities arising from the differing state and federal regulations necessitate careful consideration for those in this situation. Consulting legal counsel may provide guidance for individuals facing this intricate issue.
Can a doctor complete a medical marijuana certification via telehealth?
Yes! Arizona marijuana doctors at Compassionate Clinics of America met with patients online through telehealth from the comfort of your own home.
We want to ensure that your appointment is comfortable and efficient as you discuss cannabis treatment with a licensed marijuana doctor.
When does the physician certification expire?
The certification from a doctor at Compassionate Clinics of America is valid for the two-year period the registry identification card is valid for.
We will notify you when it is time to renew your certification and your Arizona medical marijuana card.