Arizona Becomes 15th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/15/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Arizona is now the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana after Proposition 203 (aka the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act) passed by a narrow margin. The bill passed with 50.13% of votes, winning by just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million ballots counted.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is a citizen initiative that will enable qualifying patients (who must have a physician’s written certification that they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that they would likely receive benefit from marijuana) to legally obtain marijuana from a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary and possess and use the marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms associated with an approved medical condition. If a patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary, the patient or caregiver may cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.
Approved medical conditions include: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis).
The law also requires patients to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to obtain a medical marijuana card. According to the ADHS website, the registration program for patients and non-profit dispensaries is expected to launch around April 1, 2011. MarijuanaDoctors.com will keep you posted on the latest developments with Arizona’s medical marijuana law and will soon be able to connect patients with qualified AZ medical marijuana doctors across the state.