Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card
What health conditions qualify for an Arizona medical marijuana registry identification card?
- Acquired immue deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) *must be able to verify that you are undergoing current conventional treatment for PTSD
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including epilepsy characteristic
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Do I need to provide medical records and if so, what kind?
If have you medical records for your qualifying condition, then we can use those as part of your health record. If you do not have any records and suffer from chronic musculoskeletal issues that cause ongoing pain (such as knee pain, foot pain, back pain, etc.), then you may be able to see our pain specialist for a physical exam. Please call the clinic for more information and to set up an appointment.
It is highly recommended that you send us your medical records (email/ fax) prior to setting up an appointment. Doing so will give us an opportunity to review and verify the records prior to setting up an appointment. Should you need to obtain medical records from another provider, fill in this form and then either give it to the provider or send it to us and we will fax it to their office. Once we receive your records, we will call you to set up an appointment.
*** Records must be dated within the last 12 months *** This is true whether you are applying for a card for the first time or you are renewing a card you already have.
Qualifying Medical Records (required by the State of Arizona)
Types of Records that CAN be used:
- Progress Notes from your doctor – these are notes signed by your doctor for each visit and include your medical history, the symptoms you are experiencing, physical exam, list of diagnoses, medications you are taking and your treatment plan.
- Lab reports that show HIV, Hepatitis C or biopsy results for Cancer
- X-ray/ MRI/ Cat scan reports (signed by the doctor) that state the diagnosis of your qualifying condition
The following do NOT qualify as adequate or acceptable records:
- Any record that is older than 12 months from the date of your visit to our clinic
- Handwritten or typed notes listing your medical conditions and medications
- A copy of the MMJ physician certification from a previous year
- Summary reports
- Patient Instruction handouts
- Disability paperwork
- Discharge notes from the hospital or from a procedure you had performed
- Medical records that are not for your qualifying condition. Example: a progress note from when you saw your doctor for the flu
- Bottles of medications
- Laboratory or Diagnostic test order forms
- X-ray or MRI films – a signed physician report of the findings from the x-rays/ MRIs is what is needed, not the films themselves
- Medical records on CDs/ discs or a copy on your phone. Please print out any medical records from your home computer and bring them with you to the clinic. Records can also be emailed or faxed to our office.
SPECIAL NOTE regarding PTSD: If you are getting qualified for a medical marijuana card for PTSD, then you need to provide medical records/ documentation to the clinic that you are currently undergoing conventional treatment.
We hope this information has been helpful. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will help you.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
- Medical Records – if you have records and we haven’t yet received copies. To learn more about what records you can use, please read the previous question regarding medical records.
- Arizona Driver’s License or State issued ID card or Passport
- To get SNAP discount – bring in one of the following for verification: EBT card with your name printed on the front or the SNAP award/ approval letter that you received in the mail.
- Current medical marijuana card – if you are renewing
- Payment – cash, Visa or MasterCard *there is a small 3.6% fee for credit card payments
Once my application has been submitted, how long will it take for my medical marijuana registry card to arrive in the mail?
Per the Arizona Department of Health Services, your medical marijuana registry card should arrive within 10 business days after being approved.
How much do you charge?
- $99 for physician certification (for individuals who have qualifying medical records)
- $49 for chiropractor visit – should you need to establish a medical for chronic pain for musculoskeletal issues. This fee will be added to the $99 physician certification fee listed above. ** Call the clinic to see if you qualify for this service. **
- $150 Arizona Department of Health Services fee (or $75 for qualifying SNAP program individuals). This fee is charged by the State of Arizona when your medical marijuana application is submitted online.
- Small fee for credit card payments is 3.6%.
How do I qualify for the SNAP discount?
- EBT card with your name printed on the front or the SNAP award/ approval letter that you received in the mail when you enrolled.
- Please remember to bring one of these proof-of-enrollment items with you to the clinic so you can get the discount.
Do I need to apply for the card myself or will you do it for me?
- Once you have seen our physician and have a completed Physician Certification form, we will help you with the application process right here in the clinic. Your application for a medical marijuana card with the Arizona Department of Health Services is completed by the time you leave.
- Should you wish to do the application yourself, we will provide you with a copy of the Physician Certification form and you can upload the documents and complete the application at home.
How long does the certification appointment take in your office?
Plan to spend between 45-60 minutes. The time it takes will depend on several factors:
- New Patient Intake forms – You can save time by printing, filling out and bringing the forms with you to the clinic. If you plan to fill out the forms here in the clinic, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
- Medical records – If you are providing the clinic with medical records, you can bring them with you to your appointment or save time by doing this ahead of time. If you’d like to do this ahead of time, you can either fill out a medical release form and your doctor’s office will fax us the records or you can bring in your medical records to have them reviewed by one of our physicians prior to setting up an appointment.
- Patients who need to see both our chiropractor and certifying physician can plan to spend an extra 15 minutes in the clinic.
- Save a time slot by setting up an appointment using our online system or by calling us at 602-500-8400 We also accept walk-ins.
Renewing Your Medical Marijuana Card
How often do I need to renew my card?
- Every year. Your medical marijuana card expires 1 year from the date of issue.
- You will need to see a certifying doctor every year, pay the yearly State of Arizona application fee and send in an updated photo and documentation.
- It is recommended to apply for renewal 4-6 weeks prior to your card’s expiration date.
Is there anything different about renewing my card vs. getting a card for the first time?
- If your card expires before you renew, there are no additional fees; however, you will not be in compliance with the State of Arizona laws to carry marijuana and won’t be able to purchase from a dispensary until you get a new card.
- It is highly recommended to visit a certifying doctor and to renew 4-8 weeks prior to the expiration date printed on your medical marijuana registry card.
- What stays the same:
- You need to see a certifying physician every year prior to applying for your renewal.
- If you are supplying qualifying medical records, you need to do this every year you renew your card. The medical records always need to be current – within the past 12 months and need to document your underlying qualifying condition.
- The yearly fee paid to the State of Arizona for your medical marijuana registry card is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing.
- If you are a qualifying patient with SNAP eligibility, you need to bring in proof of SNAP eligibility each year and it must have your name on it.
If I lose my card, how do I get a new one?
- You can apply for a replacement card through the Arizona Department of Health Services by following this link: https://medicalmarijuana.azdhs.gov/ReplaceApplicationSearch.aspx
- The State of Arizona charges $10 to replace a medical marijuana registry card and the replacement card will have the same expiration as your original card.
- Should you want help applying for a replacement card, our staff will gladly assist you. There is a $15 fee for this service (in addition to the $10 State fee).
What if I need to change my address or name on my marijuana registration card?
- Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services Medical Marijuana Program website for applications: https://medicalmarijuana.azdhs.gov/
- Look under Other Options and click on Card Change Application and then follow the instructions.
- You will need your card number to make any updates.
- You could also come in to our office, we would be more than happy to help you for a minimal fee.
Can I grow my own marijuana?
- According to Arizona state law, a qualifying patient or the qualifying patient’s caregiver may be allowed to grow marijuana only if a dispensary is not operating within a twenty-five (25) miles of the qualifying patient’s home.
- For more information about marijuana cultivation and to check your address to see if you are outside the 25 radius of a dispensary: https://medicalmarijuana.azdhs.gov/GeocodeAddress.aspx
Dispensaries in Arizona
Where can I find a list of dispensaries?
When a qualifying patient is issued a card and the approval email is sent, the Arizona Department of Health Services will provide a list of all operating dispensaries to the qualifying patient in that same email. You can go to any dispensary of your choosing within the State of Arizona.
Am I assigned a dispensary or can I go to any one I want?
Once you have received your medical marijuana registry card, you can go to any dispensary in the state of Arizona.
Laws & Legal Issues
Where can I find out more about the medical marijuana laws in Arizona?
Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services at http://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php
Can anyone search for my name with the State of Arizona to see if I have a medical marijuana card?
No. The State of Arizona keeps a database of medical marijuana registry identification card holders, but in order to look up a cardholder, someone would have to input the 20 digit patient ID that is printed on the individual’s card.
My workplace routinely tests for drugs including marijuana. If I have a medical marijuana card, what kind of legal 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 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.