To obtain medical marijuana in Arizona, there are a number of steps that have to be undertaken before you can walk into one of the medical marijuana dispensaries and place an order.
Arizona Medical Cannabis Card Process
The process can be tedious, but it’s well worth going through to get the medicine you need.
Step 1: Diagnosis
First, you have to be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, ALS or another chronic or debilitating condition, such as epileptic seizures or muscle spasms related to muscular dystrophy. Your physician then has to certify the use of medical marijuana for you for that condition.
Step 2: Paperwork
There are a number of forms that need to be filled out in order to get the card, and this is arguably the one step that takes the most effort. The certification form from your physician, supplementary documentation and specific forms on the Arizona Department of Health Services can be found on this site.
If you have a condition that is not currently listed, you can submit written requests to have that condition added to the list. If you’re a parent or guardian of a patient who is under the age of 18, additional paperwork will need to be filled out.
Step 3: The Card
Assuming the paperwork is all filled out and the request is approved, the card will be sent to your address within 10 working days of acceptance. The card is only good for one year and will need to be renewed before the expiration date printed on it, ideally 30 days before expiration. The cost of the card is currently $150.
Step 4: Choices
Once you have the card, you will need to find one of the Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries that can serve your needs. When you’ve found a dispensary, you will want to take some time to speak with the staff and discuss what strains and dosage rates will be appropriate for your particular situation. Medical marijuana is not a panacea or one-size-fits-all solution. Different conditions will require different strains and in different doses, and determining those choices will require information.
Step 5: Growing
According to the laws governing MMJ in Arizona, if there is not a dispensary within 25 miles of your home you are allowed to grow up to 12 plants in a secure room at home.
Arizona Organix is the original medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Arizona. We are confident that we can help you with your needs. Please visit us today!