In June, Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1494 into law, making Arizona medical marijuana cards valid for two years instead of one, starting on Aug 27, 2019. Caregiver and dispensary agent cards will also become valid for 2 years.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) posted a notice on its website confirming the Aug 27 start date, saying:
Senate Bill 1494 goes into effect August 27, 2019. As a result of this bill, applicants who submit an initial or renewal application for a qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent on or after August 27, 2019, that is approved by the Department, will be issued a license that is valid for two years. Renewals for nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary licenses submitted on or after August 27, 2019, if approved by the Department, will also be valid for two years. If you currently have a license, it will still expire on the expiration date printed on the card or license. If you submit an application before August 27, 2019, you will be issued a license that is valid for one year.
Arizonans with at least one qualifying health condition can obtain a medical marijuana card. Arizona’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions are:
- Chronic pain (back pain, arthritis, etc)
- 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
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including those from epilepsy
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Learn how to get an Arizona medical marijuana card here.
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