How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona

By November 17, 2010Uncategorized

The passage of Proposition 203 is not final until the State-wide Canvas on November 29, 2010.

  • The Arizona Department of Health is tasked with setting up a registration and renewal application system for patients and non-profit dispensaries. The medical marijuana registry has not yet been set up; see timetable below
  • The number of dispensaries must not exceed 10% of the number of pharmacies in the State; working on this basis, the number of registered medical marijuana dispensaries will be capped at 124 although the final number has not yet been released
  • Dispensaries will require a web-based verification system for registered patients, which will also allow verification by law enforcement agencies

Conditions of Registration for Medical Marijuana in Arizona

  • You need a doctor’s written confirmation that you have been diagnosed with one of a number of medical conditions (see below) and that you will be aided by medical cannabis
  • You will need to obtain your medical marijuana from a registered non-profit dispensary
  • You are authorized to obtain up to 2.5 ounces from the registered dispensary in a 14-day period
  • If you live over 25 miles away from the nearest dispensary you (or your caregiver) may grow up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed and locked facility
  • Your use of medical marijuana is to be considered equivalent to the use of any other medication and you will not be disqualified from receiving standard medical care – including organ transplants if required
  • Your employer must not discriminate against you unless he can prove that he will lose money or licensing under federal law
  • Your employer may not penalize against you just for testing positive for marijuana in drug tests

You are not authorized to use possess or be impaired by marijuana during your hours of employment or on your employer’s premises

Approved Conditions for Medical Marijuana

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures (including epilepsy)
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)

Timetable for the Introduction of Medical Marijuana Registration in Arizona

  • December 17, 2010: ADHS posts an initial informal draft of the Rules
  • December 17, 2010 – January 7, 2011: ADHS receives informal (electronic) public comment on the initial informal draft rules
  • January 31, 2011: ADHS posts official draft Rules for public comment
  • January 31, 2011 – February 18, 2011: ADHS receive public comment on a revised draft of the Rules
  • February 15 – 17, 2011: ADHS holds 3 public meetings about the draft Rules:

    • Phoenix: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm, 250 N 17th Ave
    • Tucson: Wednesday, February, 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm, 400 W. Congress, Room 222
    • Phoenix: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm, 250 N 17th Ave
  • March 28, 2011: ADHS publishes the final Rules that will be used to implement the Act
  • April 2011: ADHS begins to accept applications for registry identification cards and for dispensary certificates

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Join the discussion 27 Comments

  • joseph Williams says:

    Would like to obtain Arizona medical marijuana card for long standing chronic back and neck pain due to severe MRI AND X-RAY verrification osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, radiculopathy, that hasn’t responded to conservative thereapy.

  • paul says:

    hello im 38 disabled for 5yrs now i live with cronic pain and muscle spasms im desperate im in nc how can i get a mmj card thank you

  • I am from Arizona and this post clears up things about medical marijuana, especially on how to follow the proper usage and growing of marijuana for medication purposes.

  • Ed says:

    I been using chiropratics for over 3 years, for my severe back pains, but never neen to an actual doctor. A friend resently mentioned this option. Will I qualify for the card? Thx

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  • john doe says:

    I live in tennessee and I am trying to get a mmc. How would I go about obtaining one

  • Jay says:

    Can I get my card for anxiety?

  • For everyone who is interested, getting your card is not that hard. If you have documented prior health issues which qualify you under the approved Arizona conditions, then you should be fine. Its as easy as calling your current physician and having them fax copies of your chart notes to the clinic. Once they are here, then we set up an evaluation with our physician and at that point it will be determined if you have a medical need. Qualifying conditions include: Severe & Chronic Pain, Seizures, Severe Nausea, Severe Muscle Spasms, MS, Crohns Disease, HIV, AIDS, Cancer, Glaucoma, Alzheimers, & Hepatitis. If you want specific answers to your questions, please visit our site and submit through the contact form or just simply call. | 602-955-1444

  • Chris says:

    Getting an MMJ card in Ariozna is not something that anyone can just do. sure, there are many places that advertise but the simple fact is that if you don’t have a medical condition you will not be able to get one. As it stands right now, there are no dispensaries in the state of Arizona, and it doesn’t look like there will be any time soon. I get pissed off when I hear of people who have nothing wrong with them trying to get a card. If you don’t have medical records documenting one of the conditions listed in the article then you won’t qualify, so doen’t even try. I barely qualified and I have severe chronic back and joint pain and arthritis due to a serious bout with Lyme disease. People who want to get their card just because they think it’s fun to smoke marijuana ruin it for all of use folks who really use it as a viable medicine for pain. Grow up.

  • Robb says:

    I broke my hand about 4 years ago. I have never seen a doctor about it because I could not afford it. It causes me pain all the time. I was wondering if I would qualify for a medical marijuana card? Thanks for your time.

    • Robb, sorry to hear about your pain. According to Arizona, if you have past medical history (within past 12 months)that documents your injury, pain, etc. and it is one of the qualifying conditions, then you would meet the requirements to get your card.
      Go have a doctor vist with your primary care physician and make sure you get a copy of your records. Once you have those, you should be able to visit any certification center. Everyone should note that only patients with factual qualifying conditions should attempt to get their cards, physicians are not just handing them out.

      • jess says:

        Hi I don’t smoke but am curious cuz I take 120 viccoden and. 90 somas a month wondering if mm is easier and will it help. I have a bulging disc and arthritis in lb

  • Greg says:

    1] Please answer the question I see others asking including myself. Are their any doctors that accept Merci Care insurance for the physical examination?
    2] How much does the state-approved card cost?
    3] Who qualifies and who does not qualify to grow marijuana and does a felony record disqualify a potential grower? I was arrested in 1991 for shoplifting.
    4] Where does one get the seeds?


  • Archivando says:

    About Time They Made It Legal In Arizon Thats Wassup x)
    Arriva La Mota Y El Suspirooooo

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  • teresa adams says:

    Will AHCCCS insurance cover the medical Marijuana perscription or not?

    How much will the card cost to patients?

    • Greg says:

      Are their any doctors that accept Merci Care? If so please list them.

      Once qualified and paid the doctor that despences the marijuana card how long does it take to receive it?

  • Digital vaporizer says:

    i just get my info from the health dept. i hear alot of folks getn pre qualified for $150.00 bucks or so………heck the rules haven’t even been completed so how could any pre decision be made???? is it just me?

  • 420grannie says:

    i just get my info from the health dept. i hear alot of folks getn pre qualified for $150.00 bucks or so………heck the rules haven’t even been completed so how could any pre decision be made???? is it just me? hellooooo

  • Marry Jane says:

    That website got shut down are there any other sites?

  • Ok now that i’m throughly confused, I got a phone call today from doctors office telling me I’m approved for medical marijuana, but I need $150.00. I’m on a fixed income and at the mercy of the state as far as insurance goes (mercy care insurance).

    The state has no information on doctors, I need to find a doctor in Glendale (or there abouts) who will accept mercy care insurance and prescribe for me as well. Anybody know?? Please respond. Thanks

    • star says:

      hi i wanted to get a card for my illness.can u tell me the i need medical records and where did u go?thank you and i would appreciate your response

    • robin says:

      there is a place in tempe, i think…..i talked to a real live person and she will be able to help you….it may ask you to pre register and then she will contact you by phone…..good luck

    • Eman says:

      If you are on Food stamps then the cost of the card is cut in half. $75.00.

  • Dank says:

    great site. love what you guys are up to. we should talk about trading links. GO 203 in the 602! WOO HOO! – pre-register for mj cards.

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