Arizona state law requires individuals to obtain a patient card before purchasing medical marijuana from a dispensary.
Because a lot of people ask us what steps they need to follow to get their cards, below is a simple breakdown of the process from start to finish.
First, you need to be an Arizona resident.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but it helps to have all of the necessary information up front to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Make sure 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.
(Note: It may be possible for non-residents to obtain a patient card, but these applications are decided on a case-by-case basis.)
Next, have your doctor fill out the Physician Certification Form.
If you have an established diagnosis, ask your doctor to fill out and sign this certification form.
(Written recommendations are not accepted.) If you do not have a diagnosis already, you will need to be evaluated and diagnosed, either by your doctor or by a state-approved medical marijuana evaluator.
Under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, specific “debilitating medical conditions” qualify individuals to receive a patient card in Arizona, but it is possible to ask for an inclusion if you do not see yours listed as one of those conditions.
If your appointment is at a certification center rather than with your doctor, you will need to bring documentation that establishes your qualifying medical condition.
For those who suffer from chronic pain but do not have the medical documentation to support it, it may still be possible to have an onsite medical professional determine if you qualify. Ask beforehand if this will be possible if you think you will need it.
Last, you will need to complete the online application.
The final step in your application process is to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
Visit their website and choose the Medical Marijuana Program Application that applies to your situation.
We recommend gathering all of the necessary documentation before you begin the application process.
Specifically, you will need to have the following items ready to upload or submit:
- Electronic copy of photo identification
- Current digital photograph
- Electronic copy of completed and signed Physician Certification Form
- Electronic copy of completed and signed 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 cost is $150 for an initial card or a renewal card for qualifying patients.
However, some patients may be eligible to pay $75 for initial/renewal cards if they currently participate in SNAP. It is $10 to amend, change or replace your card.
How long does it take to get my card once my application is submitted?
Once ADHS has received your completed application, your card should be issued within 10 business days.
The card will come from the Arizona Department of Health Services and will arrive in a nondescript white envelope to maintain your privacy.
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.
Once you have your card, come visit us at Desert Rose.
The compassionate, knowledgeable team at Desert Rose Dispensary is committed to putting the needs of our patients first to ensure they have access to top-quality medical marijuana at affordable prices.
We are ready to answer all of your questions about the different aspects of our medical marijuana strains to help you make an informed decision about your health.
Plus, first-time patients can look forward to our BOGO deal: buy an eighth and get another eighth free!
Questions before you stop by? Call Desert Rose at 623-552-6217.