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Qualifying Conditions for Arizona's Medical Marijuana Program

August 22, 2017

 

Back in November of 2010, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Question, Proposition 203 was approved with 50.1% of voters saying yes. Proposition 203  "allowed residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal use." In addition to legalizing medical marijuana for various conditions, Proposition 203 also paved the way for Arizona's medical cannabis clinics, a.k.a. dispensaries. 

 

 

In Arizona, the laws have guidelines for two types of patients: adult patients, and patients under 18 years old. For patients under 18, the patient's custodial parent or legal guardian must be designated as his or her caregiver. For adult patients, no caregiver is needed. Regardless of a patient's age, the list of qualifying medical conditions remains the same. Below are the medical conditions that would qualify a patient for enrolling in Arizona's medical marijuana program:

 

  • Alzheimer's

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's disease

  • Cachexia

  • Cancer

  • Chronic pain

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Glaucoma

  • Hepatitis C

  • HIV

  • AIDS

  • Nausea

  • Persistent Muscle Spasms

  • PTSD

  • Seizures

 

 

Where Can I Buy Medical Marijuana in Arizona?

 

There are numerous state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona that patients can get their cannabis from. Additionally, at-home cannabis cultivation is legal in Arizona, if you live far enough from the nearest clinic. At-home grow-ops are capped at a dozen plants, and must be grown in a locked enclosure. 

 

How Much Marijuana Can I Legally Possess?

 

 

For both medical marijuana in Arizona, possession is capped at 2.5 ounces. Possession of any amount of recreational marijuana is a felony in Arizona, so be sure to get your medical card in order before blazing up in the state. Beyond the potential jail time, the fines associated with cannabis charges can be up to $150,000! If you do have an Arizona medical marijuana card, don't share your medicine... every patient must fill out an Attestation Form certifying that they "will not divert marijuana to any individual who or entity that is not allowed to possess marijuana pursuant A.R.S. Title 36, Chapter 28.1"

 

What if My Condition Isn't Listed?

 

If your medical condition is not currently recognized as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arizona, there's still hope. The public may petition the Arizona Department of Health Services to add debilitating medical conditions or treatments to the list of debilitating medical conditions. The Arizona Department of Health Services accepts petitions to add a debilitating medical condition in January and July of each year, with the specific dates announced ahead of time. According to the ADHS website, "ADHS will accept the petition via U.S. mail only at: ADHS - P.O. Box 19000 Phoenix, AZ 85005."

 

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