Arizona allows for the medical use of marijuana. For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Dr. Frank, online or in-person. If your state offers telehealth, Dr. Frank may be able to consult with your primary doctor or surgeon as well. Arizona also has some reciprocity with California’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).
The laws in Arizona are constantly changing, so it is best an eye is kept on it. Being accepted for a card and becoming registered affords the patient protection under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Law. Though a little more strict in some ways, applying for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card is quite similar to how one would apply for one in other states.
Just follow these five steps:
1.Visit Your Doctor
Make an appointment with your primary care physician. You will need to obtain your medical records in order to describe any condition(s) you suffer from. Your doctor must be registered to practice with the State of Arizona.
2. Confirm Your Condition
Regular checkups from your primary doctor can confirm your condition. In Arizona, the following conditions are prescribed marijuana:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (e.g. arising from epilepsy)
- Persistent muscle spasms (e.g. arising from MS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Once confirmed, your physician will sign a Physician’s Statement recommending you for medical marijuana.
3. Fill Out Your Form
You must register for the Medical Marijuana Program with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The process is entirely electronic, although printed applications may be accepted for some. Forms can be downloaded from here: http://azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php#forms-list
Your completed form must include the following in digital format:
- Electronic copy of photographic ID (e.g. driver’s license, identification card)
- Current, passport-style digital photograph
- Electronic copy of signed Physician’s Statement
- Electronic copy of your attestation
- VISA or Mastercard account number and sort code for payment. Cost is currently $150 for new applicants, and $75 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants.
- SNAP documentation, if applicable
- For patients under 18, both their and their primary caregiver’s information must be given.
4. Send Your Form
Completed forms can be completed online. Forms completed in physical format can be sent to:
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Medical Marijuana Program
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
5. Await Your Card
Once your application has been accepted and registered, you will be sent your Medical Marijuana Card. This will include your photograph, name, unique identity card number, date of birth, date of issue and date of expiry, as well as the state of Arizona logo.
For the moment, a patient or caregiver may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period. A patient or caregiver who lives more than 25 miles away from the nearest dispensary may cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility away from public view.