Arizona Legal Information
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), approved November 2, 2010, was the third statewide medical cannabis ballot measure to be passed in Arizona. In 1996, voters approved an initiative that would permit doctors to "prescribe" (rather than recommend) medical cannabis, but the initiative was rejected by the state legislature. In 1998, voters again approved a ballot measure allowing doctors to "prescribe." However, because only medicines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be "prescribed," the measure never went into effect. AMMA allows a patient with an Arizona registry ID card to use cannabis for medical purposes. Patients may appoint a designated caregiver for assistance. Patients and their caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis. Patients and designated caregivers may cultivate up to 12 plants if they live at least 25 miles from a registered dispensary. The rules for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary portion of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act were filed April 11, 2012, by the Arizona Department of Health Services using an express rulemaking process to account for changes required by a Superior Court ruling from earlier in the year.
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View and print the Arizona MMJ State Report Card from our latest report: Medical Marijuana Access in the U.S. A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was approved November 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters. In July 2016, the state accepted applications for 31 dispensary licenses.
It is legal for a patient with an Arizona registry ID card to use cannabis for medical purposes. Patients may also grow cannabis and appoint a designated caregiver for assistance. Patients and designated caregivers may only cultivate if they live at least 25 miles from a registered dispensary; until further notice, however, the dispensary program is in limbo, therefore all patients with registry ID cards are able to cultivate their own medicine, as long as they receive permission to cultivate.
Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be a licensed physician (MD or DO) or a licensed Naturopathic or Homeopathic physician. The law and rules specify requirements for issuing written certifications for patients for the medical use of marijuana...
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.
Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.