Getting a medical marijuana card in Arizona is straightforward and fairly simple. As a state-licensed dispensary, we are unable to provide the documentation required for you to apply, but would be happy to recommend a clinic or physician who may be able to assist you. Below you will find general info and frequently-asked questions. Should you not find the answer you were looking for, please feel free to stop by or give us a call at (520) 395.0230.
Yes. You must be an Arizona resident in order to receive a medical marijuana card. You can prove residency with a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, or a U.S. passport.
You must be 18 years or older in order, or have your legal guardian registered as your caregiver.
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, you must have one of the following conditions:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- Severe and chronic pain;
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
In order to receive an Arizona state-issued medical marijuana card, you will have to receive a written recommendation from a doctor. Fees charged by the recommending doctor may vary.
Additionally, the state of Arizona requires processing and application fees. The state fees are listed and include:
- $150 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a qualifying patient. Some qualifying patients may be eligible to pay $75 for initial and renewal cards if they currently participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- $200 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a designated caregiver. A caregiver must apply for a new card for every patient under their care (up to five patients).
- $10 to amend, change, or replace a registry identification card
Legally, any licensed Arizona physician can certify patients for a medical marijuana card. Unfortunately, because many physicians haven’t received training on, or have experience with medical marijuana, many remain hesitant to recommend marijuana as a treatment option for their patients.
As such, the majority of potential patients use the services of medical marijuana certification clinics. There are many scattered around Tucson, and all are reputable. At nearly all clinics you do not need an appointment, though you may find an making an appointment can save you some waiting time.
If you’d like us to specifically recommend a clinic for you, please give us a call at (520) 395.0230.
In order for the state to issue a medical marijuana card, you must have current (less than one year old) medical records that document a qualifying condition. These should be brought to your appointment at the certification clinic.
Medical records can often be obtained free of charge from your primary care physician, even if they are unwilling to write a recommendation for medical cannabis. If you are unable to obtain current medical records from your PCP, certain certification clinics can provide these records for you after a consultation. Call the certification clinic you plan to visit and they can provide additional information.
After submittal and approval of your documents, the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) will issue a medical marijuana card within 7 to 10 business days.
Medical marijuana cards are valid for one year from the date of issuance. AZDHS will send a notification 90 days before the card expires and again 30 days before expiration.