Arizona

Arizona

245,533
Registered Patient Population
3.37%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
131
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
1874 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical cannabis is legal in Arizona; 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.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 97/100   
Arrest Protection 40/40
Affirmative Defense 15/15
Parental Rights Protections 8/10
DUI Protections 5/5
Employment Protections 5/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 5/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 4/5
Organ Transplants 5/5
Reciprocity 3/3
Access to Medicine 81/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 33/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 15/15
– Allows Delivery 5/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 4/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 5/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 0/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 1/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 1/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 2/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 10/20
– Personal Cultivation 10/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 10/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 10/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 8/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 46/50
Adding New Conditions 9/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 4/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 9/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 3/4
Number of Caregivers 1/2
Patient/Practitioner-Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 0/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 10/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 2/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 3/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 4/5
Functionality 74/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 50/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems `10/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 7/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 5/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 4/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 3/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 5/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 55.69/100   
Dispensing 20.02/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 1.25/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Inventory Control 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Product Labeling 5.0/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5.0/5
– Active Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
– Contaminants 1.67/1.67
– Potency 1.67/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 15.34/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 2.84/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.71/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0/0.71
– Water Management 0/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 2.5/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2.5/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 0/2.5
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1.25/1.25
– Contaminants 1.25/1.25
– Potency 1.25/1.25
– Sample Retention 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Manufacturing 5.67/25
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 3/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/1
– Storage Protocols 1/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 1.67/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 0/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 1/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 0/1
– Contaminants 0/1
– Potency 0/1
– Shelf Life Testing 0/1
– Sample Retention 1/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Laboratory Operations 14.66/25
Staff Training 0/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 3/5
Result Reporting 5/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 1.66/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0.83/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0.83/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.83
Covid Response 14/20   
Delivery Available? 6/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 2/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 4/7
Telemedicine Available? 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was approved November 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters. In July 2016, the state accepted applications for 31 dispensary licenses.

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...

Becoming a Patient in Arizona

It is legal for 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 further notice, however, the dispensary program is in limbo, therefore all patients with registry ID cards are able to cultivate their own medicine, as long as they receive permission to cultivate.

Arizona Advocacy

Find local ASA Chapters, Action Groups and Affiliates in Arizona and get involved in local campaigns.

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer or Provider in Arizona

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. 

The State of Medical Marijuana in Arizona

The State of Medical Marijuana in Arizona