Use of medical marijuana in Arizona was approved by Ballot Proposition 203 on November 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters.
Patients must have written documentation produced by a physician stating that the patient suffers from a debilitating condition that medical marijuana can be recommended for.
Registering onto the ID card system for medical marijuana is mandatory in Arizona.
An ID card and written recommendation allows qualifying patients to obtain medical marijuana from a registered nonprofit dispensary.
The Arizona MMJ card must be able to be verified by a web-based verification system held by law enforcement agents and dispensaries.
The law in Arizona states that the patient’s use of medical marijuana is to be considered the quivalent of any other medication, meaning the physician can control dosages recommended.
Registering for a medical marijuana card will not disqualify a patient from medical care or an organ transplant. Employers may not discriminate against registered medical marijuana patients.
Patients cannot be penalized for testing positive for cannabis on drug tests. Employers may, however, terminate contracts if an employee is impaired by marijuana on the employment premises or during working hours.
Number of dispensaries in Arizona cannot exceed 10% of the number of pharmacies – this means that there can be no more than around 125 dispensaries in Arizona.
Patients or caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces over a 14-day period. Patients living within 25 miles of a dispensary cannot grow their own cannabis.
Medical marijuana patients living more than 25 miles from their nearest dispensaries may cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants in a locked, enclosed facility.
The following conditions are approved: AIDS/HIV, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, PTSD and conditions causing severe spasms (e.g. MS), seizures (e.g. epilepsy) or nausea.
Registration usually costs around $150, or $75 for those on assistance programmes.