If you live in Arizona, you can obtain legal marijuana via a medical prescription. Provided you have one of the required medical conditions and can prove your residency and age, you will be able to be approved for medical marijuana in Arizona.
Medical marijuana is for adults, meaning you need to be at least 18 years old. If you under 18, you would need the approval of your parent or legal guardian; they would then register as your caregiver. You also need to make sure your driver’s license or other identification card is valid, i.e., not expired. You must also prove your Arizona residency, either on your ID or through a document such as a utility bill.
There will be some money involved in getting a medical marijuana card in Arizona. The state requires an annual fee of $75. If you are obtaining the card via SNAP/food stamps, then it’s reduced to $75. There will also be a fee for your doctor’s appointment, which ranges between $75 and $100.
To be prescribed marijuana by a doctor, you must have at least one of the qualifying conditions. These conditions are cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDs, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease. You can also obtain it if you have a chronic medical condition or disease that causes cachexia (wasting syndrome), chronic pain (such as arthritis or migraines), extreme nausea, seizures, muscle spasms, and PTSD. If you have any doubt about whether you qualify, then you need to get in touch with a medical marijuana doctor and consult with them.
Once you have confirmed that you have one of the listed conditions, do your research and find a doctor who can prescribe medical cannabis. Once you make your appointment, go see your doctor. If they approve of your use of medical marijuana for your condition, they will send in documents to the Department of Health Services. Once those documents have been approved and the process is finalized, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.
After you have your card, you will be able to obtain medical marijuana in Arizona through legal outlets. For purchase, you must go to a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. You can also receive medical marijuana from other people who are prescribed it via donation. For instance, if you or another person has a surplus of medical marijuana, you can then give it to another person who also has a prescription.
As a medical marijuana patient, you can also grow and cultivate your own marijuana. You must live within 25 miles of a dispensary. You are able to grow up to 12 plants for personal use or have a caregiver do it for you.
There is an expiration date associated with your medical marijuana card, so make sure that you are up to date on that and get it renewed it time. Just like you need to keep your driver’s license or state ID updated, you also need to keep your medical marijuana card updated.
We hope this has given you a concrete view of the steps involved to become an Arizona medical marijuana patient. If you have certain medical conditions, it can be of great benefit to you.