Arizona’s medical marijuana program was signed into law in 2011. Patients residing in Arizona are allowed to possess a maximum of two and and a half ounces of marijuana at a time. Patients seeking to cultivate their own plants can only do so if they live beyond a 25-mile radius of a state-licensed dispensary and are allowed a maximum of 12 plants at any given time. The program stipulates that these plants must be kept in an “enclosed, locked facility.” An estimated 76,573 adults and 125 minors are currently registered in Arizona’s medical marijuana program. The state’s program also allows for state-licensed, not-for-profit dispensaries and has a limited reciprocity clause that allows qualified out-of-state residents access. Residents from other states must have one of Arizona’s qualifying ailments as well as an equivalent marijuana license from their home state. Medical marijuana cards in Arizona are processed through the Arizona Department of Health Services. Adult applicants must be over 18 years in age, while patients under 18 need a qualified caregiver to apply. The application process requires patients to fill out an attestation form as well as submit a medical marijuana evaluation from a licensed medical marijuana doctor. The cost of filing the application is $150. In its current form Arizona’s program has 13 qualifying ailments:
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Cachexia/ Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nausea
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Seizures
Patients seeking further information about how to apply for a medical marijuana card in Arizona can contact the Arizona Medical Marijuana Card Registry Office by phone or email.