Arizona Medical Marijuana

Updated on January 23, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Arizona Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Medical Marijuana Program
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 364-1793
Website: Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

Arizona Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. If a patient is under the age of eighteen (18), the custodial parent or legal guardian must be designated as their caregiver.
  2. Patients must be a resident of Arizona and provide a valid identification document.
  3. Patients must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Medical Condition.
  4. Patient over the age of 18 must submit an application online only through the ADHS Medical Marijuana Online Registry System.
    • Application Fees are $150.00 and are Non-Refundable. If the patient is currently on SNAP Assistance, the fee may be reduced to $75.00 (proof of benefits must be provided).
    • Patient must print out and have their certified physician fill out the Medical Marijuana Physician Certification, which must be submitted with the application.
    • Patients must provide a signed and dated Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation.
  5. If the patient is under the age of 18, please review the Checklist for Underage Patients.
  6. If approved, ADHS will automatically send an e-Mail indicating approval and your Registry Identification Card (Medical Marijuana Card) will be mailed to the address that was provided in the patient’s application.

Recent Legislation Updates

As the medical marijuana program in Arizona changes, our team will update our information to be as up-to-date as possible. Check back for recent updates and medicinal cannabis news in Arizona.

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“Qualifying patients can obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary, the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver, another qualifying patient, or, if authorized to cultivate, from home cultivation. When a qualifying patient obtains or renews a registry identification card, the Department will provide a list of all operating dispensaries to the qualifying patient.” ADHS, Qualifying Patients FAQs [Accessed March 25, 2010]

On November 02, 2010, Ballot Proposition 203 “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act”, was approved by 50.13% of Arizona voters.

Prop 203 effectively removing all state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who have been issued with a “written or oral recommendation”, by their primary care physician, stating that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.”

On April 11, 2012, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released the revised rules for regulating medical marijuana, and scheduled application dates for May 14 to May 25.

On November 15, 2012, the ADHS awarded “approval to operate”, to the state’s first dispensary. And on December 06, 2012, Arizona Organix, the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary, opened in Glendale.

On May 07, 2013, Governor Jan Brewer signed the amended Senate Bill 1443

Section 1. Section 15-108, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
“A. In addition to the limitations prescribed in section 36-2802, subsection B, a person, including a cardholder as defined in section 36-2801, may not lawfully possess or use marijuana on the campus of any public university, college, community college or postsecondary educational institution. THIS SUBSECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT MEDICAL RESEARCH PROJECTS INVOLVING MARIJUANA THAT ARE CONDUCTED ON THE CAMPUS OF ANY PUBLIC UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION AS AUTHORIZED BY APPLICABLE FEDERAL APPROVALS, WHICH MAY INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, THE UNITED STATES DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES ON DRUG ABUSE, AND ON APPROVAL OF ANY APPLICABLE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD. B. A person may not lawfully possess or use marijuana on the campus of any high school, junior high school, middle school, common school or preschool in this state.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), effective January 01, 2015.

In 2014, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services approved the addition of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of Arizona medical marijuana qualifications. The decision allowed PTSD sufferers to use cannabis for palliative care rather than as a specific treatment for the condition.

But advocates paid little attention to the differentiation, as they had long wanted the state to include PTSD in the list of medical marijuana qualifications in Arizona. The director cited a study then published in a medical journal that provided evidence that cannabis could help alleviate some of the symptoms suffered by PTSD patients.

Senate bill 1494 went into effect August 27, 2019. This bill allowed applicants who submitted an initial or renewal application for a qualifying patient, caregiver, or nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary on or after August 27 to be issued a license valid for two years. (

SB 1494 also allowed for “digital cards” for patients. These are stored on smartphones.

Cannabis concentrates for medical use are green-lighted by AZ Supreme Court (

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

In Arizona, qualified patients or their registered designated caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. 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.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

Qualified patients in Arizona may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.

The State of Arizona has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Arizona Medical Marijuana ID Card, permitting the patient to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Arizona state guidelines.

Since the Arizona medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Arizona medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Arizona medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Arizona medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Arizona’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Arizona.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Arizona’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.

Arizona Qualification

Unlike many other states with medical marijuana programs, Arizona allows patients suffering from several different illnesses to legally use medical cannabis, such as:

Check out our Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Arizona page to learn more.

You’ll find further information in a wide range of categories, such as the medical conditions that are part of the Arizona medical marijuana program, restrictions regarding patients with criminal convictions, restrictions on age and much more.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws

Even though medical marijuana in Arizona is legal for patients who have qualifying conditions, penalties for non-medical use are extremely stiff. Recreational use of even a small amount of weed could result in a mandatory six-month drug-testing and treatment program, and in some portions of the state, it could lead to a felony charge.

Our section on Arizona’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws will provide you with detailed information on the penalties in the state so you are as informed as possible.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Card

For a patient to participate in the Arizona medical marijuana program, they must have a state-issued identification card. This card will provide protection from law enforcement action to patients who are part of the state registry.

If you would like to find out more, our Arizona Medical Marijuana Card section will provide you with detailed information so you are familiar with all state requirements.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Facts

One interesting fact about the medical marijuana program in Arizona is that people from out of state who have state-issued cannabis cards will be protected from law enforcement action should they be caught possessing medicinal weed. However, they will not be able to access any cannabis dispensaries in the state.

To learn more, check out our Arizona Medical Marijuana Facts section. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding marijuana in Arizona, and this page will help you separate fact from fiction.

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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO