Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), approved November 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters, created Arizona's medical marijuana program. This 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 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 a registered dispensary is operational within 25 miles, all patients with registry ID cards are able to request permission to cultivate their own medicine.
The rules that apply to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary portion of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act were filed on April 11, 2012, formulated 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.
In July 2016, the state accepted applications for 31 dispensary licenses. The licenses should be awarded later in 2016.
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The rules that apply to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary portion of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act were filed on April 11, 2012. The Arizona Department of Public Health used an express rulemaking process to incorporate the changes required by the Superior Court Ruling.