Saturday, July 16, 2016

Arizona Medical Marijuana

IN THIS CHAPTER, UNLESS THE CONTEXT OTHERWISE REQUIRES:

1. “ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA”
(a) WITH RESPECT TO A QUALIFYING PATIENT, THE “ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA” MEANS:
(i) TWO-AND-ONE-HALF OUNCES OF USABLE MARIJUANA; AND
(ii) IF THE QUALIFYING PATIENT’S REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD STATES THAT THE QUALIFYING PATIENT IS AUTHORIZED TO CULTIVATE MARIJUANA, TWELVE MARIJUANA PLANTS CONTAINED IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED FACILITY EXCEPT THAT THE PLANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED FACILITY IF THE PLANTS ARE BEING TRANSPORTED BECAUSE THE QUALIFYING PATIENT IS MOVING.

(b) WITH RESPECT TO A DESIGNATED CAREGIVER, THE “ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA” FOR EACH PATIENT ASSISTED BY THE?DESIGNATED CAREGIVER UNDER THIS CHAPTER MEANS:
(i) TWO-AND-ONE-HALF OUNCES OF USABLE MARIJUANA; AND
(ii) IF THE DESIGNATED CAREGIVER’S REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD PROVIDES THAT THE DESIGNATED CAREGIVER IS AUTHORIZED?TO CULTIVATE MARIJUANA, TWELVE MARIJUANA PLANTS CONTAINED IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED FACILITY EXCEPT THAT THE PLANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED FACILITY IF THE PLANTS ARE BEING TRANSPORTED BECAUSE THE DESIGNATED CAREGIVER IS MOVING.

(c) MARIJUANA THAT IS INCIDENTAL TO MEDICAL USE, BUT IS NOT USABLE MARIJUANA AS DEFINED IN THIS CHAPTER, SHALL NOT BE COUNTED TOWARD A QUALIFYING PATIENT’S OR DESIGNATED CAREGIVER’S ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA.

2. “CARDHOLDER” MEANS A QUALIFYING PATIENT, A DESIGNATED CAREGIVER OR A NONPROFIT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY AGENT WHO HAS BEEN ISSUED AND POSSESSES A VALID REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD.

3. “DEBILITATING MEDICAL CONDITION” MEANS ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
(a) CANCER, GLAUCOMA, POSITIVE STATUS FOR HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS, ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME, HEPATITIS C, AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS, CROHN’S DISEASE, AGITATION OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE OR THE TREATMENT OF THESE CONDITIONS.
(b) A CHRONIC OR DEBILITATING DISEASE OR MEDICAL CONDITION OR ITS TREATMENT THAT PRODUCES ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: CACHEXIA OR WASTING SYNDROME; SEVERE AND CHRONIC PAIN; SEVERE NAUSEA; SEIZURES, INCLUDING THOSE CHARACTERISTIC OF EPILEPSY; OR SEVERE AND PERSISTENT MUSCLE SPASMS, INCLUDING THOSE CHARACTERISTIC OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.
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Arizona Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Arizona

Arizona Medical Marijuana Qualifications
On November 2, 2010, Arizona Proposition 203 (AKA the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act) was approved by 50.13% of voters. Proposition 203 removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by qualifying patients who obtain a recommendation from an Arizona licensed physician and register with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The law requires the ADHS to establish a registration and renewal application system for patients and nonprofit dispensaries, as well as a web-based verification system for law enforcement and dispensaries to verify registry identification cards. As the law is in its infancy, this system is still in the process of being established.

Read the full text of the Arizona Proposition 203 here.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ARIZONA

1. Must be a resident of Arizona.

2. Obtain an authenticated, written certification from a doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, naturopathic physician or homeopathic physician licensed in the state of Arizona that states that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that you would likely receive benefit from marijuana Patients can find a medical marijuana doctor in Arizona here.

3. Note: You may be required to bring a copy of your medical records to your marijuana evaluation appointment, indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records.

4. Once you have received your marijuana recommendation, you must register with the Arizona Department of Health Services to obtain a Medical Marijuana card.

WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN ARIZONA?

Patients in Arizona diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under Proposition 203:

Cancer, glaucoma or positive status for the human immunodeficiency virus, Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions, ORA chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS IN ARIZONA

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Cultivation and possession limits: Qualified patients or their caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. The law allows the certification of a number of non-profit dispensaries not to exceed 10% of the number of pharmacies in the state (which would be about 124). If the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary, the patient or caregiver may cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.

Notice: ADHS suspended the dispensary portion of the Medical Marijuana Act until the end of a lawsuit. Before filling out your application, you may want to consider whether or not you will need a caregiver and you may want to request to cultivate or designate a caregiver during the application process. Please note that if you choose to designate a caregiver for this purpose, you as a patient cannot also cultivate. Once you have designated a caregiver, the caregiver application process must also be completed. The designated caregiver application can be completed at: http://www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/caregivers/index.htm. Please take special note of caregiver-specific application instructions.

HOW TO CONTACT THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-1025
(602) 542-0883 Fax

Arizona Medical Marijuana

Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws, Arizona Medical Marijuana Qualifications and General Arizona Marijuana Information
The State of Arizona has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows legal medical marijuana patients to receive a marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, apply for a State-issued Arizona Medical Marijuana ID Card, and grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per state guidelines. We have compiled the following index of medical marijuana information in Arizona to serve as a legal library to our users for legal reference of Arizona’s laws and guidelines regarding Medical Cannabis.

Please note that in order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Arizona’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions you can visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.
Since the Arizona medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Arizona medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a monthly basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Arizona medical marijuana program.
Please click a corresponding link to find out more about your Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program.

ARIZONA QUALIFICATION

Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Arizona in our definitive guide of Arizona’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Arizona’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.

ARIZONA MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS

Read Arizona’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Arizona’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Arizona’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Arizona’s laws for his knowledge.

ARIZONA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

Find out how to obtain a{n} Arizona Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Arizona’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Arizona’s requirements.