Frequently Asked Questions
What medical conditions will qualify a patient for medical marijuana?
· Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
· Acquired Immune Deficiency Symptom (AIDS)
· Hepatitis C
· Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
· Crohns's disease
· Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
· A chronic debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
o Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
o Severe and chronic pain;
o Severe nausea;
o Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
o Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
What if my medical condition is not listed?
State law allows a person to request the addition of other conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions.
Where will a qualifying patient be able to smoke or consume medical marijuana?
According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a qualifying patient may not consume medical marijuana at a dispensary but may eat medical marijuana in foods or use infused products at other locations. State law lists places where a qualifying patient may not smoke medical marijuana, including public places. A qualifying patient who lives in a nursing care institution, hospice, assisted living facility, or adult foster care home or who attends an adult day health care facility may also have to follow restrictions imposed by the facility.
How much marijuana can a qualifying patient possess?
A qualifying patient may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana or 12 marijuana plants (only when authorization to cultivate is granted).
Where can I legally obtain marijuana if I am a qualifying patient?
Qualifying patients can obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary, the qualifying patient's designated caregiver, another qualifying patient, or, if authorized to cultivate, from home cultivation.
Will I have to pay tax on medical marijuana?
A dispensary will owe state, county, and any applicable local retail transaction privilege tax (Arizona's version of sales tax) on receipts from its sales of medical marijuana and any other products it may sell to consumers. As with any retail business, the dispensary is allowed to pass the amount of the tax on to its customers. Note that there is no additional or special tax on medical marijuana at this time.
What happens if I lose my registry identification card or if it is stolen?
Just as the credit cardholder must notify the issuer of the credit card if it is lost or stolen, a qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or dispensary agent whose registry identification card is lost or stolen must notify the Department. The cardholder can apply at the Department's website for a replacement card. The cost of a replacement card is $10.
What if I misplaced/lost/do not have my existing card? How do I obtain the card number in order to renew the card?
Why do I need to submit a new, current Physician Certification Form when I renew my card?
According to Rule, a physician's written certification must be dated within 90 calendar days of an application. Additionally, the physician must have conducted an in-person physical examination within the previous 90 calendar days. Therefore a new, current Physician Certification Form must be submitted with the renewal application. This form can be found here.
All information from this page was excerpted from the Arizona Department of Health website. This information is intended only to complement, not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals. Patients who have questions should contact their doctor or other healthcare professional.