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 twenty-one (21) years old and cannot ever have been convicted for a violent felony, and cannot have a felony conviction for any drug related crimes that happened within the last ten (10) years unless it was a conviction that would not have happened had the Medical Marijuana Act been in place sooner.  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 (1) designated caregiver

 

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

Patients and designated caregivers can grow cannabis indoors in an enclosed, locked space;  patients and designated caregivers can cultivate cannabis outside if  they comply with the law, growing the cannabis in an enclosed, locked facility: a closet, room, greenhouse, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a cardholder. "Enclosed area" is defined in rule as an outdoor space surrounded by solid 10-foot walls constructed of metal, concrete, or stone that prevent any viewing of the marijuana plants, with a one-inch-thick metal gate.

For more information from the AZ DHS visit: Arizona Caregivers: Patients may designate a caregiver to assist with acquiring, cultivating and using medical cannabis. A designated caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and cannot ever have been convicted for a violent felony, and cannot have a felony conviction for any drug related crimes that happened within the last ten (10) years unless it was a conviction that would not have happened had the Medical Marijuana Act been in place sooner. 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 (1) designated caregiver A designated caregiver with a registry ID card can possess up to twelve (12) marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana, keeping in mind that the sum total of medicine and plants between the patient and the designated caregiver may never exceed twelve (12) cannabis plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable cannabis. For instance, if the patient has one (1) ounce of usable cannabis in her possession, and two (2) cannabis plants, the designated caregiver may not exceed one and one-half (1.5) ounces of usable cannabis and ten (10) cannabis plants. Patients and designated caregivers can grow cannabis indoors in an enclosed, locked space; patients and designated caregivers can cultivate cannabis outside if they comply with the law, growing the cannabis in an enclosed, locked facility: a closet, room, greenhouse, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a cardholder. "Enclosed area" is defined in rule as an outdoor space surrounded by solid 10-foot walls constructed of metal, concrete, or stone that prevent any viewing of the marijuana plants, with a one-inch-thick metal gate.

Distribution: Arizona Department of Health Services established a registration program for nonprofit dispensaries. The law allows for 124 dispensaries.

 

Production/Distribution:

Arizona Department of Health Services established a registration program for nonprofit dispensaries. The law allows for 124 dispensaries. For more information on the program please visit: http://www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/dispensaries/index.htm

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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