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Marijuana Law in Arizona

Adult-use cannabis laws and medical cannabis laws in Arizona:


There is no age limit for becoming an Arizona medical marijuana patient. However, with recreational marijuana, persons must be at least 21 years of age (just like with alcohol).


Medical marijuana patients can currently purchase up to two and a half ounces every two weeks. Recreational marijuana consumers will be able to buy up to one ounce (with no more than five grams being concentrates/extracts) per transaction at a dispensary.


It is currently unknown what dispensaries will charge for recreational marijuana. The price of medical marijuana will likely remain the same when Arizona dispensaries start selling recreational marijuana. However, in some states that have medical and recreational marijuana programs, the cost for medical marijuana decreased when the state’s recreational marijuana law was implemented. Recreational marijuana prices will likely be steep. Find deals at AZ dispensaries.


Patients buying medical marijuana incur only state and local sales taxes. However, with recreational marijuana, there is a 16% excise tax plus state and local sales taxes, which will put the total tax at about 24%.


Demand for recreational marijuana will be very high, so most dispensaries will likely create separate lines for medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers to purchase marijuana.


Medical marijuana patients can possess up to two and a half ounces. Recreational marijuana consumers can possess up to one ounce of marijuana with no more than five grams being concentrates/extracts.

Possession of “more than two and one-half ounces of marijuana, of which not more than twelve and one-half grams is in the form of marijuana concentrate, is guilty of a petty offense,” stated the ADHS.


Medical marijuana patients can grow marijuana under specific rules. Recreational marijuana can be grown by persons 21 or older, but cultivation is regulated to six cannabis plants per individual’s primary residence and twelve plants at a residence where two or more persons 21 or older live.


Medical marijuana patients can purchase marijuana with any potency. Recreational users can purchase marijuana with any potency, except for edibles, which will be limited to 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving and 100 mg per package.


Any type of marijuana use is illegal in public places. But it is only a petty offence for any offenders, and no longer a felony.


Arizona employees have some protections from employer discrimination as a medical marijuana patient. However, with recreational marijuana, employers have the right to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.


On Nov 3, 2020, Arizona became the 13th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older when Arizona voters passed Prop 207 (the Smart and Safe Arizona Act) by 60% to 40%.

Learn more: Facts about AZ recreational marijuana law

View the initiative: The Smart and Safe Arizona Act


Arizona voters approved Proposition 203 in 2010, an initiative that legalized the medical use of marijuana. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was given the task to regulate the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA).

The AMMA allows state licensed doctors to recommend medical marijuana to Arizonans that have at least one qualifying condition. With a recommendation, a patient can get an Arizona medical marijuana card which allows them to purchase, possess, and use marijuana. A patient can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana from a state licensed dispensary every 2 weeks and posses up to 2.5 ounces at any time.

Under certain qualifications, a patient can grow up to 12 marijuana plants or find a caregiver to grow for them.

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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 caregivers regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Read Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Since the passing of Prop 203, the ADHS has developed statewide rules for patients, caregivers and dispensaries. These rules regulate who can use, grow, sell and buy medical marijuana. It also set the processes, time lines, and fees associated with registration cards.

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 sState. The Arizona Department of Health Services began accepting applications for dispensaries on June 1st, 2011. The 126 licenses were 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.

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 laws, much like alcohol laws, help keep citizens safer. Read full article: “All Arizonans’ Rights In Regards to Medical Marijuana Laws.”

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: “Do Other States’ Marijuana Cards Work in Arizona.”

Medical Marijuana Patients Visiting Nevada

Nevada has a medical marijuana card reciprocity law, which means Nevada dispensaries can accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards. Medical marijuana patients visiting Nevada can bring their valid medical marijuana card into any Nevada dispensary and purchase up to one ounce of medical marijuana.

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: “Arizona Marijuana DUI Laws.”

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