The state of Arizona does allow medical marijuana usage, but under certain circumstances. In order to do so, a patient must submit an application along with a statement from a physician describing the condition of the patient and then pay the fees required. The process of receiving a medical marijuana card includes:
- Receive certification from a physician in Arizona who states that you have a condition such as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, or a disease causing "severe and chronic pain" listed in the program
- Submit your application to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website along with the required information:
- Copy of driver's license
- Proof of citizenship
- Statement from your physician
- Signed statement promising not to give your marijuana to others not allowed to have it
- Wait for the approval or denial from the ADHS
- If approved, pay the fee and receive your card
There are laws regarding the amount that a patient with a card is allowed to have at any given time. A patient can only possess up to 2.5 ounces legally. This includes edible products as well, any usable medical marijuana that you possess must be under the legal limit. On top of that, a patient can only buy up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. The dispensaries have records of all purchases and if the patient purchases more than the legal limit, there may be consequences.
It is illegal to drive while impaired by marijuana. While it is legal to have medical marijuana in your car, you cannot drive after smoking. You also cannot be under the influence while at work or smoke at public places such as parks and schools. If you have been charged for breaking the medical marijuana laws in Arizona, contact a Phoenix medical marijuana attorney from our firm. We offer a free case evaluation so call today and see how we could help you!