Steps to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona?
Obtaining an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona might seem complicated at first. Our Scottsdale MMJ Doctors can help you get your AZ MMJ Card and make the process as simple as possible for you.
Arizona state law requires individuals to obtain an AZ Medical MMJ patient card before purchasing medical marijuana or marijuana-related products like edibles from an AZ dispensary These checks are in-line with the Cannabis Control Act that had been implemented into the US-law a few years ago to protect its citizens against over-recreational use of the drug. To learn more about the Cannabis Control Act, you may want to reach out to your local cannabis-focused law firm similar to Harrison Jordan Law.
Our Arizona Medical Marijuana Certification Center gets calls from a lot of people who ask us what steps they need to follow to get their AZ Medical cards. We’ve put together a simple breakdown of the medical card process from start to finish.
So even if you’ve just moved here from somewhere else, you’ll need to be able to provide proof that you live in Arizona.
There are several ways you can provide proof of residency, such as a photo ID with your address or a copy of your lease, utility bill, voter registration card, bank statement, etc. It’s best to have a photo ID such as an Arizona Driver’s License, Arizona Identification Card or a US Passport.
(Side Note: It may be possible for non-residents to obtain a Arizona Medical Marijuana patient card, but these applications are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Arizona Department of Health Services.)
Second Step: to get your AZ MMJ Card you’ll need to have your doctor fill out the Physician Certification Form.
If you have an established diagnosis, you can ask your doctor to fill out and sign the Arizona Medical Marijuana certification form.
(Written recommendations are not accepted.) If you do not have a diagnosis already, you will need to be evaluated and diagnosed. Our Scottsdale Medical Marijuana Doctors can provide you with an exam and evaluation to meet this requirement at our Arizona MMJ Certification Center.
According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, there are specific “debilitating medical conditions” qualify individuals to receive a Medical MMJ card in Arizona, but it is possible to ask for an inclusion if you do not see yours listed as one of those conditions. In the near future, a medical marijuana vending machine might make its way to an area near you so this could make obtaining your prescription an easier process.
Arizona Medical Card Qualifying Conditions
The current qualifying conditions for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card are:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
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;
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
If your appointment is at an Arizona Cannabis Certification Center rather than with your doctor, you will need to bring documentation that establishes your qualifying medical condition, i.e. your medical records. Most of us don’t carry around our medical records with us, or might not have been to a doctor in years. Our Arizona Medical Card Certification doctors can help you by providing you with an exam and evaluation.
For those Arizona MMJ patients who suffer from chronic pain but do not have access to the medical documentation, our Scottsdale MMJ Doctors provide an onsite medical professional to provide an Arizona Medical Marijuana Exam to determine if you qualify. If you have questions, or need to schedule an appointment with our Scottsdale MMJ Doctors, please call 480.626.1888 or you can request an appointment online at https://marijuanacards420.com/appointment.
Third Step: you will need to complete the online application.
Our Arizona Medical Marijuana Doctors will complete this application for you, take your photograph and upload all of the documentation for you as part of your exam.
Fourth Step: you’ll need is to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
Our MMJ Certification Center in Scottsdale will take care of all of this for you.
Specifically, you will need to have the following items ready to upload or submit:
Electronic copy of photo identification
Current digital photograph (we’ll take care of this for you)
Electronic copy of completed and signed Arizona MMJ Physician Certification Form
Electronic copy of completed and signed Arizona Qualifying Patient Attestation Form (this a brief form that confirms you will not provide marijuana to someone not legally permitted to possess it)
Visa or Mastercard for payment
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) documentation, if applicable
Individuals under the age of 18 applying for a medical marijuana card will need a parent or legal guardian to complete the online application.
How much will it cost to get my AZ medical marijuana card?
The Arizona Department of Health Services charges an annual cost for an Arizona MMJ Card of $150 for an initial card or a renewal card for Arizona MMJ card qualifying patients.
However, some patients may be eligible to pay $75 for initial/renewal cards if they currently participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps). Once you get your Arizona MMJ Card if you want to amend, change or replace your card there is a $10.
How long does it take to get my Arizona MMJ card once my application has been submitted?
Once our Scottsdale MMJ Doctor has completed your exam, submitted your documentation and ADHS has received your completed application, your card should be issued within 10 business days.
Your Arizona Medical Marijuana Card will come from the Arizona Department of Health Services and will arrive via USPS in a nondescript white envelope to maintain your privacy. Once this has been delivered you are able to shop at local and online dispensary services.
Arizona MMJ Cards are valid for one year from the date of issue, and patients must apply for renewal at least 30 days before the expiration date.
To schedule your Arizona Medical Marijuana Certification Exam call 480-626-1888.