Recommending Cannabis in Arizona

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. A physician is required to:

  • Have made or confirmed a diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition, as defined in A.R.S. § 36-2801, for the qualifying patient; Have established a medical record for the qualifying patient and am maintaining the qualifying patient's medical record as required in A.R.S. § 12-2297;
  • Have conducted an in-person physical examination of the qualifying patient within the last 90 calendar days appropriate to the qualifying patient's presenting symptoms and the debilitating medical condition the physician diagnosed or confirmed;
  • Have reviewed the qualifying patient's medical records, including medical records from other treating physicians from the previous 12 months, the qualifying patient's responses to conventional medications and medical therapies, and the qualifying patient's profile on the Arizona Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program database;
  • Have explained the potential risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana to the qualifying patient, or if applicable, the qualifying patient's custodial parent or legal guardian;
  • If the physician has referred the qualifying patient to a dispensary, have disclosed to the qualifying patient, or if applicable, the qualifying patient's custodial parent or legal guardian, any personal or professional relationship I have with the dispensary; and
  • Attest that, in the physician's professional opinion, the qualifying patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition

In addition, for a patient who is under the age of 18, another physician must:

  • Have conducted an comprehensive review of the qualifying patient's medical records from other physicians treating the qualifying patient;
  • If the physician has referred the qualifying patient to a dispensary, have disclosed to the qualifying patient, or if applicable, the qualifying patient's custodial parent or legal guardian, any personal or professional relationship I have with the dispensary; and
  • Attest that, in the physician's professional opinion, the qualifying patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition.

Qualifying Conditions include:  Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Agitation of Alzheimer's disease, A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes: Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Severe and chronic pain, Severe nausea; Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; and Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Forms and information for physicians can be found at http://www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/physicians/