Arizona Medical Marijuana Card
Only residents of the state of Arizona are currently eligible to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona. Residency can be proven with a state issued Drivers License, ID Card or a Passport.
Please note: although you are able to obtain your card with a Passport, the dispensary is NOT allowed to accept it as a form of identification. You must present a valid and current Arizona state-issued ID.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Agitation of Alzheimer's Disease
In addition, you may be qualified for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card if you have a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or the treatment for said condition causes:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Severe and chronic pain
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Any licensed Arizona physician legally can certify patients for a medical marijuana card. However, most physicians have not received any training on the benefits of medical marijuana and are hesitant to recommend marijuana for their patients.
As a result, most patients utilize licensed medical marijuana certification clinics.
Current medical records (within the past 12 months) documenting a qualifying condition are required. These can be obtained free of charge from a patient’s physician, even if the physician is unwilling to write the recommendation. If a patient is unable to comply with this requirement, certain licensed medical marijuana clinics are able to provide these records with a consultation, others may be able to recommend another consulting physician.
In order to avoid a long wait, calling in advance to schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana clinic is highly recommended. Any remaining questions can be answered during scheduling or by visiting the clinic’s website.
Upon approval, the Arizona Department of Health Services will issue a medical marijuana card within 7 to 10 days.
Medical marijuana cards are valid for one year from the date of issuance. AZDHS will send a notification 90 days before the card expires and again 30 days before expiration.
In Arizona, the annual fee for a new or renewal medical marijuana card is $150. (Current as of April 2014)
Certification clinics will also charge a fee for their service. These fees vary greatly depending on the type of card (new or renewal) as well as from clinic to clinic.