If you’re wondering how hard it is to get a medical card in Arizona, we have good news! It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Use of medical marijuana is legal if it is for the treatment of a range of qualifying medical conditions which include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple sclerosis
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Severe nausea
If you have an established diagnosis, you only need to have a doctor give a recommendation based on that diagnosis to get your Arizona medical marijuana card. If not, you will need to be evaluated and diagnosed, and then receive the recommendation. You can do this through your primary care physician (PCP). You may not wish to go through your PCP out of privacy concerns, or because you believe your PCP will not be predisposed to accommodate your wish to medicate using medical marijuana. In that case, you can go to a medical marijuana evaluator instead.
Of these conditions, chronic pain is the most significant medical reason patients qualify to get their medical marijuana card. Chronic pain has a high prevalence and can be caused by a wide variety of underlying conditions, including back problems, arthritis, sports injuries, recurring migraines, and neuropathy to name but a few.
How to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona
In order to get your medical marijuana card based on one of these conditions, you will need to follow these three steps.
Step One: Make an appointment
Your appointment can be with your Primary Care Physician or with a state-approved medical marijuana evaluator. Desert Rose offers a referral program if you are in need of a doctor.
Step Two: Get your recommendation
If your appointment is at a certification center rather than with your physician, you will need to bring documentation that establishes your qualifying medical condition. For those who suffer from chronic pain but do not have medical documentation to support that, 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.
Step Three: Receive your card by mail
Once all the paperwork is submitted, you should receive your mmj card by mail within seven to ten 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.
Like we mentioned earlier, Desert Rose is a marijuana dispensary that can direct you to a nearby referral doctor to get you on your way to owning an mmj card. Once you have it in your possession, make sure to contact us to learn about everything we have to offer.