F.A.Q.'s About Medical Marijuana

Q 01: What medical conditions will qualify a patient for medical marijuana?
PTSD, Cancer, Glaucoma, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Agitation of Alzheimer's disease.

Q 02: How long will it take for me to receive my registry identification card after I submit my application?
After ADHS receives a complete application, ADHS will issue a registry identification card to the patient within 10 working days.


Q 03: How long will my registry identification card be good?
The registry identification card, AKA a "weed card", will expire one year after the date it was issued. The qualifying patient must apply for renewal at least 30 days before the expiration date. If a patient's card must be replaced, the replacement card will have the same expiration date as the card it is replacing.


Q 04: What if my doctor can't or won't write a certification for medical marijuana?
The written certification given to a qualifying patient does not have to come from the physician diagnosing the qualifying patient's debilitating condition or from the qualifying patient primary care provider. The written certification can be obtained from a different physician whom the qualifying patient has consulted about the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana. The physician providing the written certification must state that the physician has made or confirmed the qualifying patient's debilitating condition and believes the qualifying patient is likely to receive therapy or comfort for the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition. In addition, the physician is required to state that the physician has undertaken specific activities that are part of establishing a physician-patient relationship.


Q 05: If I am a qualifying patient for medical marijuana, will you make my name available to everyone?
No, according to state law, the information that ADHS receives for the registry is confidential. It cannot be disclosed under the Arizona Open Records Law.


Q 06: 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.


Q 07: My workplace routinely tests for drugs including marijuana. If I'm a qualified patient, what kinds of protection do I have?
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act states that an employer will not be able to penalize a qualifying patient with a registry identification card, or medical marijuana card, 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. If you are unsure how the Act applies to you, consult an attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona.


Q 08: How much marijuana can I buy?
A qualifying patient or designated caregiver registered with ADHS will be able to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.


Q 09: If I have a past conviction for possession or use of marijuana, can I still get a qualifying patient registry identification card?
Yes, Arizona residents who have a written certification from Arizona physicians can obtain qualifying patient registry identification cards. State law requires background checks for prior "excluded felony offenses" designated caregivers and dispensary agents.


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