Registered Patient Population
of Total Population Represented by Patients
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
92,740 : 1
Patients : Retail
In 2010, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) became the result of Arizona voters approving the Arizona Medical Marijuana Question (Prop 203), allowing patients with an Arizona registry ID card to use cannabis for medical purposes. This established protections for patients and caregivers. Patients and their caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis and may cultivate up to 12 plants if they live at least 25 miles away from a registered dispensary. Arizona offers the same legal protections to out of state patients; however, they may not shop at in state dispensaries as patients.
Since then, the legislature has passed several laws restricting the rights of patients. In 2019, an Arizona court ruled that a recommendation letter from a California doctor is just as valid as an AZ-issued medical cannabis ID card, which has significant implications for patient reciprocity. Cannabis was made legal to all adults in Arizona through a ballot initiative in the 2020 election. Just 80 days after the measure was passed, patient access was made a secondary priority as recreational sales were opened up to the public using the supply chain made for medical cannabis patients. In November of 2020 improved medical cannabis testing standards and reduced patient fees authorized under SB 1494 in 2019 went into effect. Details on how these laws apply to patients and medical professionals can be found below.
In 2020, Prop 207 passed requiring Arizona courts to expunge records for "certain possession, consumption, transportation, and cultivation offenses" by petition. On May 30, 2023 the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that those convicted of possession with the intent to sell are also eligible for expungement. Forms and instructions for the expungement process are available online.
Home cultivation is allowed in Arizona, licensed patients and their caregivers who reside further than 25 miles from a medical cannabis dispensary may legally grow up to six cannabis plants.
NOTICE: It can be challenging for patients to determine which businesses offering cannabis products are licensed and approved by the state. Review this list of medical cannabis retailers and/or a list of adult use retailers to find out where to purchase regulated cannabis in Arizona.
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Here is a breakdown of how Arizona fared in ASA’s Annual State of the States Report, which evaluates the effectiveness of each state cannabis program from a patient perspective and assigns a grade using a rubric that reflects the key issues affecting patient access. Medical cannabis laws are constantly changing, ASA’s policy recommendations for Arizona can be found below. For policy updates sign up here.
|Patient Rights and Civil Protections
|Health and Social Equity
|Consumer Protection and Product Safety
|Excerpted from ASA's 2022 State of the States Report.
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