Arizona Producer & Provider Info

Caregivers:

Patients may designate a caregiver to assist with acquiring, cultivating and using medical cannabis.  A designated caregiver must be at least 21 years old and cannot have been convicted of a violent felony or a drug-related felony occurring in the last 10 years or that would not have resulted in conviction if the Medical Marijuana Act had been effective at the time.  Patients and designated caregivers are permitted to cultivate cannabis only if there is no dispensary within 25 miles of the patient's home, and they have been granted permission by the state.  A patient can only have one designated caregiver and a person can be the designated caregiver for no more than 5 patients.

A designated caregiver with a registry ID card can possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and, if they have permissions to cultivate, up to 12 marijuana plants , keeping in mind that the sum total of medicine and plants between the patient and the designated caregiver may never exceed 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis and 12 cannabis plants. For instance, if the patient has 1 ounce of usable cannabis in her possession, and 2 cannabis plants, the designated caregiver may not exceed 1.5 ounces of usable cannabis and 10 cannabis plants.

Patients and designated caregivers can grow cannabis indoors in an enclosed, locked space, such as a closet, room, greenhouse, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a cardholder.

For more information from the Arizona Department of Health Services visit: Arizona Caregivers:

Production/Distribution:

Arizona Department of Health Services established a registration program for nonprofit dispensaries. The law allows for up to 126 dispensaries. For more information on the program please visit: Arizona Dispensaries 

Training Requirements:

The training requirements as set forth in Arizona Administrative Code are as follows:

C. A medical director shall:
1. Develop and provide training to the dispensary’s dispensary agents at least once every 12 months from the initial date of the dispensary’s registration certificate on the following subjects:
a. Guidelines for providing information to qualifying patients related to risks, benefits, and side effects associated with medical marijuana;
b. Guidelines for providing support to qualifying patients related to the qualifying patient’s self-assessment of the qualifying patient’s symptoms, including a rating scale for pain, cachexia or wasting syndrome, nausea, seizures, muscle spasms, and agitation;
c. Recognizing signs and symptoms of substance abuse; and
d. Guidelines for refusing to provide medical marijuana to an individual who appears to be impaired or abusing medical marijuana.

A.A.C. R9-17-313(C).


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