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Medical Marijuana Arizona Fact Sheet

Medical Marijuana Arizona Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/23/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana? Is cannabis, marijuana, pot or weed legal in Arizona? Is there a difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do you locate a quality medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Medical Marijuana Arizona Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure:

Proposition 203 (AKA the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act)

Date Passed:

November 2, 2010

Defenses Provided:

Arizona’s medical marijuana law provides exemption from prosecution if you are in lawful possession of a registry identification card (aka marijuana card).

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under Arizona medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

1. Cancerglaucoma or positive status for the human immunodeficiency virus, Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions, OR

2. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Arizona, you must have your physician fill out an ADHS-provided physician form. The ADHS is expected to release this form in April 2011. We will keep you posted as soon as it is released.

Marijuana Card Program:

To become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona, you must register with the state’s mandatory medical marijuana program to receive a medical marijuana card. The ADHS is currently in the process of establishing the application process. We will keep you posted as soon as they release the application forms and finalize the application process.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Qualified patients or their caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.  The law allows the certification of a number of non-profit dispensaries not to exceed 10% of the number of pharmacies in the state (which would be about 124). If the 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.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in Arizona may designate a caregiver to possess, transport and grow cannabis on the patient’s behalf. There may only be one caregiver per patient.

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