The high level of enthusiasm for Arizona’s medical marijuana program is revealed by the fact that there were 750 applications for 31 new licenses to operate a dispensary in 2016, and the number of up-and-running Arizona dispensaries is now well over one hundred. Things have come a long way since 2010 when voters first approved the use of medical marijuana in Arizona, and new dispensaries continue to open all over the state to serve the growing demand.

The state strictly controls the granting of marijuana dispensary licenses, and there is a growing recognition of the utility of medical marijuana to treat life-threatening diseases and improve the quality of life for people who suffer from milder conditions like chronic pain. The issuing of mmj cards is also controlled by the state, for which a qualifying diagnosis needs to be established. Those interested can find plenty of information available for first-time patients on our site including a medical marijuana doctor referral form.

Some people have already got the message, as it has been reported that Arizonans used a record 43 tons of mmj in 2017, which represents a 50% increase over the previous year. This includes all the different types of cannabis products, including flower strains, edibles, and concentrates. Medical cannabis use in Arizona is on the increase and patients can be expected to become more aware of its many therapeutic benefits in the years to come.

There’s no reason to wait if you are currently suffering from any of the numerous ailments which already qualify for medical marijuana use. These can include:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Insomnia
  • MS
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • PTSD
  • Seizures

To obtain a medical card in Arizona one must start by getting a qualifying diagnosis from your physician and taking it to a medical marijuana evaluation center, after which you receive your card in the mail. In some cases when you have difficulty obtaining a diagnosis from your physician, or if you do not wish to involve them, you may be able to have the evaluation center arrange to examine you for the qualifying condition.

If you hold an Arizona medical card or are interested in learning more about how to get one, the people at Desert Rose, an established medical marijuana dispensary serving the Phoenix area and beyond, can help. You can get first-time patient information and learn about their extensive menu of cannabis products, including flower strains, oils, and edibles, and many specials designed to make using your card more affordable.

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