MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW




ARIZONA MARIJUANA LAW - THE BASICS

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) (A.R.S. § 36-2801) was implemented in 2010 and tightly regulates the Arizona medical marijuana industry.  Currently, there are over 90,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona.

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is operated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

Below is a summary of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

WHO CAN POSSESS MARIJUANA IN ARIZONA?

A qualifying patient is a person who has been diagnosed and certified by an Arizona-licensed M.D., D.O., M.D.(H), or N.D. as having a qualifying medical condition and then obtains an Arizona Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card (a “Green Card”) from the ADHS.

Qualifying medical conditions include:  Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C,  Crohn’s Disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment, that produces severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, cachexia (wasting syndrome),  seizures (including epilepsy), or severe and persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis).

ID cards must be renewed annually.

HOW MUCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAN A QUALIFYING PATIENT POSSESS?

A qualifying patient may purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana every two weeks.  If the patient is authorized to grow marijuana they can posses up to 12 plants.

A designated caregiver may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable medical marijuana for each qualifying patient and up to 12 plants for each patient (maximum of five patients).

WHERE IN ARIZONA CAN YOU NOT USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

Medical marijuana cannot be smoked in any public facility or public areas (i.e. schools, parks, buses, etc)

Medical marijuana can be consumed in edible form in public areas.

Persons cannot be prosecuted for being near someone who is legally using or possessing medical marijuana in Arizona.

Adult care facilities can adopt rules for the use of medical marijuana at their facilities.

WHAT OTHER RESTRICTIONS DO QUALIFYING PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW WHEN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

Anyone can get a DUI if marijuana is found in their system, including medical marijuana patients.

An employer cannot penalize a medical marijuana patient for a positive drug test for marijuana, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana on the employment premises or during hours of employment.

Health insurance companies and the federal government still consider marijuana an illegal substance.

View the Arizona Dispensaries Map.

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