Becoming a Patient

 If you’ve decided to explore medical cannabis treatment, we have great news! In the state of Arizona, there are a number of conditions that qualify you to use medical marijuana as a treatment method. Here are some things that you should know as you take steps to becoming an Arizona medical marijuana patient:

Who qualifies for a Medical Marijuana card?

In Arizona, you must:

Be 18 years of age

  • Patients under 18 must designate a parent or legal guardian as their caregiver. The caregiver program is also available to anyone who may need assistance in obtaining their medicine.

Suffer from any of the following conditions, in the opinion of a licensed medical professional:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • 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
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

How do I apply for a Medical Marijuana card in Arizona?

Option 1: Certification Centers

Visit a medical marijuana certification center, where you can see a licensed doctor, and the staff will assist you in completing and uploading all necessary forms and documents.

Benefits: At a certification center, you can complete the entire application process in one short visit and skip the process of submitting your own application online.

Drawbacks: Depending on the certification center, there may be fees for seeing the doctor, processing, and/or other miscellaneous charges. Some certification centers may require that you make an appointment ahead of time, or may have other stipulations. We recommend calling ahead to ask for information about pricing and any discounts you may be eligible for.

Option 2: Self-Service

Visit your primary care physician, or any doctor licensed by the state of Arizona to issue Medical Marijuana Certifications. Once you have a signed certification, you can visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website to submit your application and upload all necessary documents.

Benefits: Filling out your application online will save you the service fees that a full-service certification center may charge for filing on your behalf.

Drawbacks: Submitting your application online requires that you have access to the technology needed to upload all documents in the proper format. If there are any issues with your application, such as typos or missing information, the Arizona Department of Health Services will contact you via e-mail, and you will have a limited amount of time to resolve the issue.

Expected Cost: $75-$200

  • State application fee (must be paid via Mastercard or Visa): $150/$75 with proof of SNAP benefits
  • Any fees charged by your doctor

Expected Cost: $150- $300 Total

  • State application fee (must be paid via Mastercard or Visa): $150/$75 with proof of SNAP benefits
  • Doctor’s fees
  • Processing fees
  • Additional fees (specific to certification center)

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