Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical marijuana legal in Arizona?

    Yes, medical marijuana is legal in Arizona and has been since 2010.

  • What about recreational cannabis?

    Recreational cannabis was just legalized in Arizona in 2020, and some state dispensaries have begun selling adult-use cannabis in early 2021. The whole program is not likely to be fully rolled out until mid-2021. 

  • How do you apply for an MMJ card in Arizona?

    To apply for an MMJ card in AZ, you must receive written certification from an approved physician in the state. Once you’ve gotten this certification, you must submit this information to the Arizona Department of Health Services online. You cannot submit it in person. 

  • Who can qualify for an MMJ card?

    To qualify for an MMJ card, you must be at least 18 years of age and have been diagnosed with at least one of the medical conditions listed in the medical marijuana program. 

     

    If you are under the age of 18, with parental approval, you can receive your card, but it will be a caregiver’s job to purchase and transport all cannabis and cannabis-related products. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions to get your medical card in AZ?

    The qualifying medical conditions for an MMJ card in AZ are: 

     

    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
    • Hepatitis C
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
    • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
      • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
      • Severe and chronic pain;
      • Severe nausea;
      • Seizures, including those characteristics of epilepsy;
      • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis

  • What if your condition isn’t listed?

    If your medical condition is not listed, you are allowed to personally request your condition be added to the registry of qualifying conditions. To do this, you must submit a written request to the ADHS that describes your everyday symptoms and how it affects your ability to live your daily life. You must also cite evidence proving that cannabis could be medically beneficial to your condition.

     

    The Department reviews these requests every January and June of each year.

  • How much does an MMJ card cost, and what if you cannot afford it?

    An MMJ card in AZ costs $150. However, ADHS does reduce fees for those who are on the US Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). The fee is reduced to $75.

  • What kind of documentation do you need from your doctor to apply for a card?

    Applying for an Arizona MMJ card requires a signed ADHS certification form from your approved physician. This form must confirm that you have been diagnosed with at least one of the qualifying medical conditions and that you would personally benefit from the therapeutic value that medical cannabis brings. 

     

    Along with this, you must provide a photocopy of your driver’s license or state ID to prove residency and identification.

  • How long does it take to receive your card?

    Once you are approved for your medical card, it will take no longer than ten days for your card to come in the mail. 

  • How long are AZ MMJ cards valid for?

    Arizona MMJ cards are valid for two years. You must apply for a card renewal at least 30 days before your card expires, otherwise, you will have to restart the application process.

  • How much cannabis can patients possess at once?

    Medical patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis at once. Any more than that is prohibited.

  • Where can you consume cannabis in AZ?

    You cannot consume cannabis in public spaces in the state of Arizona. However, there are some private establishments that allow for cannabis-infused foods and drinks to be enjoyed. In any private residence that is not your own, you must check with the landlord or property owner to see if they allow cannabis use or not, as it is ultimately up to them.

     

    You cannot smoke or consume cannabis in your vehicle at all in AZ, as this is considered driving under the influence and is punishable by law. After purchasing your medical cannabis, keep the products sealed and in your backseat or trunk. 

  • Can you grow your own cannabis at home?

    In Arizona, when applying for your MMJ card, you can ask to get licensed to cultivate. If you are authorized, you’re allowed to grow cannabis but only if you comply with state law. This means that your plants must be in an enclosed, locked facility where the cannabis can only be accessed by the cardholder. 

     

    Unfortunately, you will only be authorized to cultivate if there is not a dispensary operating within a 25-mile radius of your home.

  • Where can you buy legal medical cannabis?

    You can purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries all across the state.

  • Can out-of-state medical patients enjoy medical cannabis in Arizona?

    Yes and no. Out-of-state medical patients can consume and use medical cannabis in AZ without legal issue, however, they cannot purchase cannabis from a medical dispensary. In Arizona, patients are registered into a verification system, and this system does not allow for temporary or out-of-state patients. 

  • Do MMJ card-owners have any workplace protection from drug tests?

    According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, an employer cannot penalize an employee with a valid MMJ card for a positive drug test unless that person was using or under the influence of cannabis during work hours.