As of 2010, residents and tourists are able to purchase and use cannabis with a legal medicinal marijuana card. Recreational use of cannabis has yet to be legalized in the state, so purchasing cannabis can only be done through a medical dispensary.
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card, specific conditions must be met. First, you must be at least 18 years old, unless you can have a legal guardian register as your care giver. You must also hold a valid Arizona Driver's License or Arizona Identification Card. Most importantly, you must have at least one of the following conditions that would allow you to physically benefit from the use of cannabis: Cancer, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, or Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease. severe symptoms such as Cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms or post-traumatic stress disorder are also considered eligible conditions to receive a medicinal marijuana card.
Once a medical marijuana doctor has confirmed that you do suffer from one or more of the conditions above, they will submit the necessary documents to the department of health services. From there, your medical marijuana card will be mailed to you in roughly 5 business days.
In the event that your doctor does not submit the forms on their end, you still hold the right to submit an application for medical marijuana online. If your application is approved you can expect to receive your medicinal marijuana card in roughly one week.
Once you have received your medical marijuana card you can purchase up to one ounce of cannabis from a registered dispensary, or cultivate 12 cannabis plants within your home.