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Medical Marijuana in Arizona

As of November 2, 2010, Arizona voters approved Ballot Proposition 203, the “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act” allowing qualifying patients to obtain marijuana from a registered nonprofit dispensary, and to possess and use medical marijuana to treat qualifying conditions.

In the state of Arizona, qualified patients or their registered caregivers may have up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana in a 14-day period purchased from their local dispensary. If the patient lives more than 25 miles away from the closest dispensary, the patient or caregiver may grow up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility to ensure the patient has their medicine.

Frequently asked questions about medical cannabis in Arizona:

  • How do I get a medical marijuana card in the state of Arizona?

    To obtain a medical marijuana card in Arizona, you must visit a medical marijuana doctor and receive a recommendation from them stating that you will benefit from the use of cannabis. If approved, you will receive a completed Physician's Certificate Form from your doctor, which they will most likely submit for you. Complete the other forms required and submit them to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

  • Where can I find a medical marijuana doctor for a recommendation in Arizona?

    To find a medical marijuana doctor within your community, please enter your location in the search field above.

  • What is needed to submit an application for a medical marijuana card in Arizona?

    Please note: All applications, forms, and payment must be submitted online on the ADHS website. Walk-in applications are not accepted.

    • New patient application
    • Electronic copy of photo identification
    • Current digital photograph
    • Electronic copy of completed and signed physician certification form
    • Electronic copy of completed and signed qualifying patient attestation
    • Visa or Mastercard payment - Patient Registry Fee is $150.00
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) documentation if applicable - Fee is $75.00 instead of $150.00
    • If you have a designated caregiver to cultivate for you, you must also submit the caregiver application form
  • Where can I purchase medical marijuana in Arizona?

    There are many state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona. Patients with a valid Arizona Medical Marijuana card and proper photo identification can purchase marijuana at local dispensaries of their choosing. Patients are also allowed to “donate” their medicine to other patients, but can not accept any money for these transactions. Please enter your location in the search field above to find trusted, legal medical marijuana businesses in your area.

Recreational Marijuana in Arizona

Currently, Arizona is one of five states targeted by the Marijuana Policy Project for 2016 ballot measures, along with Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and California. The state is hoping the initiative will allow people 21 and older to purchase up to one ounce of recreational marijuana through state-licensed retail outlets along with being allowed to grow up to six plants at home without a license. Though there is nothing set in stone yet, we will likely see Arizona as one of the next states to support the use of recreational marijuana.


Frequently asked questions about recreational cannabis in Arizona:


  • How old do I have to be to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Arizona?

    If and when the state of Arizona becomes legal for recreational marijuana use, people 21 years of age and older will be able to purchase, consume and cultivate retail marijuana.

  • Where can I purchase recreational marijuana in Arizona?

    Currently, no where. If/when this does become legal, the state will have the authority to tax, license, and regulate all recreational marijuana in the state of Arizona and you will be able to purchase recreational marijuana at a local retail shop.

  • Where am I legally allowed to consume recreational marijuana?

    Legally, for the time being, you cannot currently consume recreational marijuana anywhere in the state of Arizona. Patients with a valid medical marijuana card are allowed to consume in private settings only. The consumption of marijuana in public places such as parks, concerts, cars, federal land, etc., is illegal for everyone in the state.