Become a Patient in Arizona
1. Identify Your Qualifying Conditions
2. Find a Healthcare Practictioner
This person could be your current doctor, but if your current doctor doesn’t support the use of medical cannabis, you still have options. Although Arizona doesn’t provide a list, there are a number of state-certified physicians able to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for medical cannabis.
Click here to search your area in Arizona for doctors who support the use of medical cannabis.
Be prepared to bring your medical records with you if you’re seeing a new doctor; you’ll want to share details of your medical history to help him or her offer you a certification. Most cannabis-certified doctors will fill out your Arizona DHS medical certification form on your behalf. For an additional fee, some will submit all the necessary paperwork to the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Otherwise, you can proceed to the next step!
3. Apply to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Marijuana Program
Your health care provider can submit the necessary documents to Arizona’s Medical Cannabis Program – so you should bring them to your appointment. These documents include:
- A current photograph of the patient, taken no more than 60 calendar days before the submission of the application (your cannabis-certified doctor will usually take this photo)
- A copy of your Arizona driver’s license issued on or after October 1, 1996 OR
- Arizona identification card issued on or after October 1, 1996 OR
- Arizona registry identification card OR
- Photograph page in the patient’s U.S. passport OR
- An Arizona driver’s license or identification card issued before October 1, 1996 AND one of the following:
- Birth certificate verifying U.S. citizenship
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- SNAP documentation (if applicable): A copy of an eligibility notice or an electronic benefits transfer card demonstrating current participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- A valid and current Visa or MasterCard for payment. Credit cards, debit cards or pre-paid cards are accepted
There is an application fee of $150 ($75 for eligible SNAP participants).
Once your application is turned in and processed, you can expect to receive your Arizona Medical Cannabis Card within ten business days.