Arizona Marijuana Law | Medical Marijuana
Learn about Arizona’s medical marijuana. What qualifies someone for medical marijuana in Arizona? Can you get a marijuana DUI if you are a medical marijuana patient? Can a person legally be near a medical marijuana patient while they use medical marijuana? Where can you legally purchase medical marijuana in Arizona? Learn the answers to these questions and many more on this page about Arizona Marijuana Laws.
Arizona Marijuana Law Overview:
Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law
This article will help you learn the basic rules and guidelines of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act: Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law”
Arizona Medical Marijuana Quick Facts
This article will help you understand the key points to Arizona’s medical marijuana program: “Arizona Medical Marijuana Quick Facts”
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona
Read this article that simplifies how to legally get a medical marijuana card: “Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card”
Marijuana Card Renewals in Arizona
This article will help you understand how to get re-certified for a medical marijuana card in Arizona and includes a link to access the marijuana card renewal application forms: “Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Guide”
Proposition 203: the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act
Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, was passed in November of 2010. It protects terminally or seriously ill patients from state prosecution for using limited amounts of marijuana on their doctor’s recommendation. Qualifying patients who register with the Arizona Department of Health Services will obtain marijuana from nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries and Read Proposition 203: the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, or download it here.s regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
Since the passing of Prop 203, the ADHS has developed statewide rules for patients, fees associated with registration cards.s and dispensaries. These rules regulate who can use, grow, sell and buy medical marijuana. It also set the processes, time lines, and
Medical Marijuana Patient Law
Medical marijuana patients in Arizona must have one of the qualifying conditions, have a doctor’s recommendation, must be registered with the Arizona Department of Health Services, and must pay the appropriate fee.
Medical Marijuana Caregiver Law
Arizona will allow registered individuals to act as caregivers for medical marijuana patients. Caregivers can provide medical marijuana to up to five patients and are allowed to cultivate up to 12 plants per patient, as long as the patient lives over 25 miles away from a dispensary and the caregiver does so in accordance to the State and City caregiver cultivation rules. Caregivers and their patients must be registered with the State and must pay the associated fees.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Cultivation Laws
Arizona will have a total of 126 dispensaries, 1 medical marijuana dispensary for every 10 pharmacy permits in the State. The Arizona Department of Health Services will begin accepting applications for dispensaries on June 1st, 2011 and it plans to have the first licenses issued by August or September. The 126 licenses will be picked at random in a in a lottery-style process. Applicants that want to participate must submit an application along with all appropriate documentation and a non-refundable $5,000 application fee.
|Click here to download the Arizona Department of Health Services Final Rules for Medical Marijuana|
Marijuana Rights for Residents and Tourists in Arizona
Arizonans–whether medical marijuana patients or not–and tourists should know the restrictions and protections that come with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. These medical marijuana “All Arizonans’ Rights In Regards to Medical Marijuana Laws.”, much like alcohol , help keep citizens safer. Read full article about
Arizona’s medical marijuana CURRENT CRIMINAL MARIJUANA LAWS APPLY! Don’t think that marijuana is legal or anyone can possess or use it. Again, only those that are registered are protected! Arizona has some of the toughest criminal marijuana s in the United States. Even first time possession or use charges can carry steep fines, mandatory jail time and possibly felony charges.does not protect people that are not registered with the State as a patient, caregiver, or dispensary agent (employee).
Do Other States’ Marijuana Cards Work in Arizona
Yes. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) says you can possess and use marijuana in AZ if… Read full article about “Do Other States’ Marijuana Cards Work in Arizona.”
Arizona Marijuana DUI Laws
The state Supreme Court ruled that Arizona authorities can’t prosecute motorists in Arizona for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the driver is … Read full article about “Arizona Marijuana DUI Laws.”
Governor Markell signed a bill making Delaware the 16th state to allow the use of medical marijuana. The new law allows qualified patients 18 and older to use and possess marijuana and goes into effect on June 1st, 2011. Patients in Delaware can possess up to six ounces of marijuana.
The qualifying conditions include people diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, intractable nausea, severe seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, wasting syndrome, and severe debilitating pain that has not responded to other treatments or for which other treatments produced serious side effects.
Patients will not be able to grow marijuana for themselves, but will be able to obtain the medicine from state-licensed and regulated “compassion centers” in each of the state’s three counties, that will grow and distribute medicinal marijuana to qualified patients.
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, who sponsored the legislation was quoted by the Marijuana Policy Project saying “There are so many people in Delaware who are suffering unimaginable pain that this will help, and we want to be able to do what we can to provide much-needed relief for those citizens. I am very grateful that so many of my colleagues were able to look past the myths surrounding marijuana and into the eyes and hearts of those who were crying out for our help. Needless to say, I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Markell for his support of this important legislation.”
A spokesman said Governor Markell wanted to sign the bill into quickly because of the long period of time it will take to set up the state-run system.
by Eddie Haskill, AZmarijuana.com | Arizona Medical Marijuana
Meet Dennis K. Burke.
“The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona (“the USAO”) will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing, distribution and marketing activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.” – Dennis K. Burke
this is the US Attorney for Arizona.
He was nominated by Obama in 2009 and loves to write.
Apparently, he feels the need to remind Arizona law makers that he is the one in charge and Federal laws are the only thing worth learning.
What he forgot is that his boss (Obama) supports decriminalization of Medical Marijuana federally.
I recently received a copy of the ‘letter,’ Burke sent to William Humble.
In this letter, Burke wants to remind everyone medical marijuana is illegal and the Feds will raid any business in the medical marijuana trade like it was Abbottabad Pakistan. He even goes so far in his letter to single out “marketing” services as well.
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And what did William Humble say in response to this letter?
“The bottom line take-home message in today’s letter is that federal enforcement priorities in Arizona will continue to focus on folks that manufacture, distribute, possess and market marijuana despite the passage of the AZ Medical Marijuana Act- and that folks that operate large cultivation facilities or dispensaries (including property owners, landlords, and financiers) will be at risk for federal prosecution and asset forfeiture even if they’re in compliance with Arizona law and the rules that we published a couple of weeks ago.” -William Humble, Director AZDHS
Wow. Thank you Captain Obvious.
We are all now dumber having read your response.
I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul.
Seriously Bill? This was your response. You really thought that handing in a book report with a title and short summary on the USletter was worthy of anything.
How ’bout you pretend to have a pair of balls and tell the US Attorney to not interfere with State judicial law.
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In an April 3rd, 2011 online report in Nature Chemical Biology, researchers announced that they have found a way to get rid of the high produced by, the active ingredient in marijuana, without decreasing the medicinal effects of the drug.
The high or stoned feeling is what attracts recreational users, however the side effects are sometimes unwanted for patients that use the medicine throughout the day.
Many patients throughout the United States and Canada currently use marijuana for its medical effects such as increased appetite or relief from pain and seizures.
In addition to hitting the pleasure-inducing cannabinoid receptors, THC hits another receptor that normally receives the chemical messenger known as glycine. Modifying THC so it hits only the glycine receptors could provide a means for delivering relief without the high generally associated with medical marijuana.
By Eddie Haskill, AZmarijuana.com
So you want to grow medical-grade marijuana? Well when growing outdoors, you need to chose the right strain for the right climate.So but the best marijuana seeds for growing in your areas climate.
In the northern states, the climate is relativlely cold and you should grow a strain the is resistant to the chilly weather. The marijuana strands that grow best in cold climates are usually indica or indica/sativa mixed. Some good cold weather strands are:
- White Widow
- Purple Power
- Northern lights x Big bud
- Big bud
- Amsterdam indica
The central part of the US is a mild climate. But the cooler fall and spring make indica or sativa/indica strands best for growing in this region, much like growing in the north. Some good strands for growing in the central states are:
- Purple Power
- Northern Light x Big Bud
- Early Misty
- Big Bud
- Skunk Red Hair
- Dutch Dope
- First Girl
The southern states have mild or warm weather. In these areas, many different strands will grow well. A few to try are:
- White Widow
- Durban Poison
- Crystal Rain
- Amsterdam Indica
- California Skunk
- Skunk Red Hair
- Purple Power
- Big Bud
- Dutch Dope
- Four Way
For those of you that live in a hot, dry climate like Arizona or southern California try sativa strains or sative/indica mixed. A few examples that have done well in the desert are:
- Durban Poison
By Eddie Haskill, AZmarijuana.com
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Behind the Scenes | Exclusive
To get the details about qualifying for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, we sat down with CannaPatient owner Ross Taylor to get some answers.
DAN: So Ross, where are CannaPatient’s located?
ROSS:Currently we have medical marijuana evaluation centers in Gilbert and Prescott. We also have plans for a third office in Phoenix in the future.
The address of our Gilbert location is located at 428 N Gilbert Road, Suite N in downtown Gilbert and our Prescott location is at 333 S Montezuma St. Suite B. You can find us online at www.cannapatient.com.
DAN: Do you accept walk-ins?
ROSS: Yes, we do accept walk-ins if they have medical records and the staff can immediately begin to schedule an appointment. Sometimes we can even see the patient on the spot. Patients can make an appointment by phone or on our website at www.cannapatient.com.
DAN: So, if I wanted to get a medical marijuana prescription, what should I know or do before going to see your clinic?
ROSS: First: You need to know if you qualify. You must have one of the following conditions for a doctor to be able to recommend medical marijuana. (for a list of qualifying conditions click here)
DAN: So if I have one of the qualifying conditions, what’s next?
ROSS: Patients can make an appointment with CannaPatient on our website at www.cannapatient.com or by phone at 888-506-2553. When a patient makes an appointment they must fill out the medical release form and patient history form. This allows our evaluating doctor to review the patient’s medical records and qualifying condition. When the patient arrives the day of the appointment, the evaluating doctor simply certifies that the patient has the qualifying condition and discusses with the patient cannabis treatment plan options.
DAN: I have severe migraines and a number of other problems that can create a world of pain for me and many times they interfere with my ability to work or sleep. I’ve tried drugs that my doctor has prescribed (Vicodin, Percocet, etc.); they made me woozy, made me sick, not to mention, I hate putting chemicals in my body. Would I qualify?
ROSS: Many of our patients with similar severe pain are referred to us by their primary care physician and have tried other prescription treatment plans with little or no success. A referral from your primary physician will not ensure that you receive a recommendation, but it goes a long way in proving your case to the evaluating doctor and to the State.
DAN: If I currently use marijuana to alleviate pain, should I tell the doctor?
ROSS: Yes, definitely. If a patient has had positive results using medical marijuana to relieve the symptoms of their condition in the past, then they should let the evaluating doctor know. Not only does it help them make their determination, but it also shows that a marijuana treatment plan (whether legal or not) has worked for the patient in the past.
DAN: Why would a doctor not recommend medical marijuana to someone?
ROSS: A patient must show they truly qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation. Evaluation centers are not going to hand out recommendations to anyone that walks through the door, as it is in some other States. Simply stated, if you don’t qualify, you will not receive a recommendation. There is a lot of pressure by the State to make sure doctors are not abusing the State’s guidelines, those that do, risk having their license revoked and could face prosecution.
DAN: Is there anything I should bring to my appointment (ie. Records)?
ROSS: When a patient sets up an appointment at our clinic we will send them a Medical Release Form and a Patient History Form that need to be completed and returned before the appointment. These forms give our physician access to the patient’s medical records that are held by their primary physician. However, if a patient has records that aren’t on file with their primary physician, they need to bring those with them.
Patients also need to bring:
- Arizona issued Driver’s License or Photo Identification
- Caregiver’s information (if patient is planning on using one)
- Payment for Appointment
DAN: What kinds of payment do you accept?
ROSS: We accept cash and all major credit cards.
DAN: How soon can you see me?
ROSS: We are taking appointments now. You can set up an appointment online at www.cannapatient.com or by calling 888-552-2553. Call anytime from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
DAN: How long does a medical marijuana evaluation take?
ROSS: Patients must complete and return the medical release form and patient history form before the appointment. These forms will take 15 or 20 min to fill out. The actual appointment consists of two parts. First we take the patient’s vitals (blood pressure, heart rate, height, weight, etc.), which takes 15 to 20 minutes. Once those are complete the patient will sit down with the doctor to discuss their condition and how medical marijuana may help. If the doctor concludes that medical marijuana may be of benefit to them, the physician will discuss a treatment plan and usage options with the patient (ie: smoking, digesting, topical balm and creams, etc). The meeting with the physician takes 15 or 20 min. Qualifying patients are issued recommendations at the end of the appointment, which in total lasts 30 minutes to 45 min.
DAN: Can you tell me how insurance works? Will my insurance cover the evaluation fee?
ROSS: No, unfortunately insurance will not cover the evaluation fee. You can try to submit it to your insurer for reimbursement, but it is highly unlikely they will pay it.
DAN: Say I work for the city or even the state and my benefits include health insurance. Seeking a medical marijuana card is something I may not want them to know. Does this get reported to them or my work or anyone? Sorry. I guess I’m just your typical paranoid patient.
ROSS: Because of doctor-patient confidentiality laws, your medical marijuana records private and will not be shared with anyone, including your insurer or employer.
DAN: Well thanks for taking time to speak with us, i can see you are busy. Anything else you want to let patients know?
ROSS: Patients that are interested in getting a medical marijuana card should make an appointment sooner than later. Appointments times are filling up quickly and the Department of Health Services is receiving hundreds of applications weekly.
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Below article came from the AZDHS.gov’s website and had a bunch of bull shit why the Health Dept. wants a Medical Director in Dispensaries. It doesn’t add up as usual.
A number of published studies have found that using marijuana (and other psychoactive substances) is associated with an earlier onset of psychotic illness (notice I said “is associated with” rather than “causes”). National mental health surveys have repeatedly found more substance use, especially cannabis use, among people with a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder.
A new study published today on-line in the Archives of General Psychiatry found “a relationship between cannabis use and earlier onset of psychotic illness… supporting the hypothesis that cannabis use plays a causal role in the development of psychosis in some patients.” The authors go on to say that reducing marijuana use could delay or even prevent some cases of psychosis.
The earlier the onset of schizophrenia, the more challenging it is to manage. So reducing the use of marijuana could be one of the few strategies that could help delay the onset of symptoms. The article suggests that “… an extra 2 or 3 years of psychosis-free functioning could allow many patients to achieve the important developmental milestones of late adolescence and early adulthood that could lower the long-term disability arising from psychotic disorders.” The results of this study confirm the need for a renewed public health warning about the potential for cannabis use to bring on psychotic illness.
Anyway- there have been some public comments on our medical marijuana rules that have questioned the wisdom of requiring dispensaries to have access to a Medical Director. Hopefully this study and others that link marijuana use to bad outcomes will convince some folks that it makes sense to have some professional medical oversight at dispensaries to help protect the health status of the patients with debilitating medical conditions that will be using the dispensaries.
Give me a fucking break. This is your reasoning Humble? Some researcher found that cannabis makes people crazy? And that means we should have a medical director at a dispensary? What about alcohol? That will make you 100 times more lucid and I don’t need a doctor when I go to my local Safeway to get a fifth.
And it was published today? Humble, you’ve been wanting a Medical Director for months now and you just found an article published today? Sounds like you are desperate and reaching. What is your real agenda with the Medical Directors at Dispensaries? Ya, know what. Don’t answer. Your bullshit will just piss me off even more.
Marijuana makes people crazy? No. A 300% Sales Tax and a cop putting someone behind bars for possessing a plant is what makes people crazy. Get a clue Sheriff Humble.
If you are so in love with all the BS on the net here’s another article about soda and children from the same Archies of GP:
maybe we should have medical directors at soda machines? just sayin.