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Discover how to become a medical patient in Arizona, get answers to all of your FAQs from the current state cannabis laws to where to find the best cannabis events in the valley.

Resources for Medical Marijuana Patients and Recreational Users in Arizona

As of November 2020, adult recreational cannabis use became legal in the state of Arizona. Since medical marijuana was already legal in the state, this more recent change to the law leaves AZ residents wondering what their rights are. Discover answers to your questions and other Arizona cannabis resources below.

New AZ Medical Patients

How Do You Get a Medical Marijuana Card in AZ

First, you must have a qualifying condition such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, chronic or debilitating disease such as chronic pain (arthritis and migraine headaches), wasting syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seizures, or multiple sclerosis.

You must also have a legal driver’s license in the state of AZ and a residential address in the state of AZ. Lastly, you must have had an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor, who will need to approve you for a card and submit the proper documents to the department of health for you. If the doctor does not submit the paperwork for you, you can apply for yourself online.

Where Do I Apply for a Patient or Caregiver Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card in Arizona?

You can apply for a medical marijuana registry ID card online. Log in or set up an account by providing your email address and password using the ADHS Individual Licensing Portal.

MMJ Allotment Checker for AZ Medical Marijuana Patients

The Arizona state government medical marijuana allotment checker allows you to see how much marijuana you’ve purchased recently and how much more you can purchase. The Arizona Department of Health Services has created a portal in which you can check your allotment on a biweekly basis online. This portal requires you to log in using your personal email address and password. If this is the first time you are accessing the portal, you can sign up for an account using the same link.

If you’d like to check your current AZ MMJ allotment:

You can also ask a Wellness Advisors at your local dispensary to check your allotment, but be aware that they are unable to see your full purchase history. They are only able to see how much marijuana you have left to purchase this month.

Arizona Medical and Recreational Marijuana FAQs

If you’re new to marijuana in Arizona — or even if you’re more experienced — you likely have some questions about the changing laws. We’ve gathered the most commonly asked questions we hear about cannabis in Arizona and answer them in this helpful resource.

Is Cannabis Fully Legal in Arizona?

Yes! Medical was made legal in November of 2010 and, as of November 2020, recreational use of marijuana is also now legal for adults 21 and older. Adults can possess up to an ounce of weed or may cultivate up to six plants for personal use. Adults may also transfer up to six plants to another adult as long as there is no monetary exchange and the transfer is not advertised to the public.

Does It Cost Money to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in AZ?

There are two fees to obtain a medical marijuana card in AZ. The first is $150 for the card which expires after 2 years. It only costs $75 if you are on food stamps. The second fee is $75-$150 for the doctor’s appointment that is required to obtain a new card and to renew a card after the expiration date.

How Long Does It Take to Get Your MMJ Card in AZ?

The state of Arizona has up to 5 business days to process your medical marijuana card. However, some patients report receiving their cards in as little time as the very same day. The amount of time it takes to process your card is directly related to how many other people are waiting as well. Processing is completed in the order the applications are received.

Is There a Qualifying Age to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in AZ?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years old or have a legal guardian listed as your caregiver if under the age of 18 years old.

How Do I Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in AZ?

Click here to find a medical marijuana doctor or certification center.

Should I Create a New Portal Account if I Have a Current Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card?

Do NOT create a new portal account if you have an existing medical marijuana registry identification card.

Does Having a Medical Card Show Up on a Background Check AZ?

All health-care related information in the United States is protected under the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (also known as HIPAA) which prevents a background check from picking up this confidential medically related personal information.

However, to say it absolutely would not be found while running a background check may not be completely true. It ultimately depends on the type of background check that is performed by your employer. It wouldn’t show up in an official capacity, but if someone wants to find out more about you, they can use an alternative background check service to do so.

Does My Medical Marijuana Card Show Up on a Federal Background Check?

A medical marijuana card will not show up on a Federal background check, however, keep in mind a Federal background check will reveal any criminal record you have on file. This means if you were convicted of possession of marijuana, you may run into problems getting hired.

Can You Get Fired for Having a Medical Card in Arizona?

An employer cannot penalize or fire an employee for having a medical marijuana card or for testing positive on a marijuana detecting drug test, unless the employee is using, possesses, or is impaired by marijuana during work hours. This also applies to being on the premises of work even if you are not technically on the clock.

Can You Own a Gun and Have a Medical Card in Arizona 2020?

A user of medical marijuana is prohibited under federal law to purchase or possess a gun or any firearms, this goes for ammunition as well. Although likely a rare scenario, a person who has a medical marijuana card but does not use marijuana, is lawfully allowed to purchase and possess a gun.

Can You Grow Your Own Cannabis in AZ?

It is legal to grow your own marijuana if you are over the age of 21. Up to 6 plants can be grown at a time. If there is more than one adult in the home that has a medical marijuana card, then a maximum of 12 plants can be grown. Stipulations include that plants must be grown in a confined and secure area such as a room, shed, greenhouse, or another place that is out of public view.

Can Medical Marijuana Be Used Recreationally?

No, medical marijuana is strictly for the use of qualified patients who are under a doctor’s care for one of the qualifying diagnoses or medical conditions. Recreational marijuana is legal in Arizona as of January 22, 2021, and can be purchased at the same dispensary. Some dispensaries provide two separate lines to keep the volume of the lines down.

How Much Medical Marijuana Can I Get at a Dispensary in AZ at a Time?

Under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a resident of Arizona with a medical marijuana card is allowed to buy and possess 2.5 ounces every two weeks and no more than 12.5 grams in the form of cannabis concentrate.

How Much Recreational Marijuana Am I Allowed to Buy and Have?

"Note, you must be over 21 and show a valid ID to purchase.
You may buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower, per purchase.
You may buy up to 5 grams of concentrates, per purchase.
You may buy edibles, however, 1 package can not exceed 100 mg and each piece can be 10 mg max.

Read more about Recreational Marijuana in Arizona here:

What Forms of Marijuana Are Available at Dispensaries in AZ?

Edibles, flowers, topicals, concentrates, and extracts are all available at dispensaries in AZ for purchase.

Is Cannabis Product Testing Performed in AZ?

Yes. The health and safety of patients who use medical marijuana are a priority. Every step of the way, marijuana products are monitored and tested for safety and quality. From the growing process all the way through harvest, manufacturing, and dispensing, each step is carefully inspected and regulated with a specific set of policies and procedures.

What Cannabis Strains Are Available at AZ Dispensaries?

There are many types of strains of marijuana available at dispensaries in AZ. You'll find a wide variety of Indica, Sativa, and hybrids with varying levels of THC, CBD and other terpenes.

What if My Dispensary Does Not Carry the Strain I Am Looking for?

You can always talk to one of the patient assistants working at the dispensary and they may be able to have their cultivation team grow the strain you are looking for. It’s worth a try.

Where Can I Use Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana, with the exception of edibles, is intended to be used in your home. Edibles are the only form that is allowed to be consumed in public.

What Is the Individual Licensing Portal?

There are several things that the individual licensing portal can be used for, including tracking new and renewed licenses. You can also view, download and print your card electronically or view your allotment history.

How Often Should I Check My Allotment History?

We suggest you check your allotment portal often. This allows you to identify if an error occurs. If you see an error, contact your dispensary as soon as possible. They are able to make corrections within 72 hours of your transaction. The Arizona Department of Health Services is not able to make corrections or address an error if it occurs. The dispensaries are the only ones with the authority to enter transaction information and make corrections if errors occur.

Is There a Medical Marijuana Fact Sheet Available for Patients to View?

Yes, patients may access the Medical Marijuana Fact Sheet online.

Can Medical Marijuana Be Used Recreationally?

No, medical marijuana is strictly for the use of qualified patients who are under a doctor’s care for one of the qualifying diagnoses or medical conditions. Recreational marijuana is legal in Arizona as of January 22, 2021, and can be purchased at the same dispensary. Some dispensaries provide two separate lines to keep the volume of the lines down.

How Much Recreational Marijuana Am I Allowed to Have?

"You must be over 21 and show a valid ID
You may buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower, per purchase
You may buy up to 5 grams of concentrates, per purchase
You may buy edibles, however, 1 package can not exceed 100 mg and each piece can be 10 mg max"

Can I Drive After Using Marijuana for Medical Purposes?

A driver cannot be penalized if driving under the influence of marijuana if they possess a medical marijuana card in Arizona. They can, however, be prosecuted if they are impaired when they are stopped by an officer.

When Did Medical Marijuana Become Legal in the State of Arizona?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. Proposition 203 was approved by voters and the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) began. The AMMA puts the authority and responsibility of regulating marijuana in the hands of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Arizona Legalized Recreational Cannabis, so Why Get a Medical Card?

Though cannabis must be purchased from licensed and regulated state dispensaries, it opens up the world of legal marijuana use to individuals who do not qualify for a medical card but want to partake in the benefits or recreational uses of cannabis in all its different product forms. Read more:

Medical Disclaimer: Nothing on this Website is intended to be taken as medical advice. The information provided on the Website is intended to encourage, not replace, direct patient-health professional relationships. Always consult your primary care physician or other qualified healthcare provider prior to using cannabis or a cannabis product for treatment of a medical condition.
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