Who qualifies for a Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card in Arizona?
Any resident of the state of Arizona who suffers from a qualifying medical condition that is able to obtain a doctor recommendation for medical marijuana treatment. If a patient is under the age of 18, his or her legal guardian is required to submit the application as well as appoint a caregiver. Arizona state issued MMRI cards are only valid in Arizona.
The following are qualifying medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
A patient may also qualify if a certified physician recommends medical marijuana to treat certain qualifying symptoms. The following are qualifying symptoms:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Persistent muscle spasms including those associated with multiple sclerosis.
I qualify for a MMRI card. How do I apply?
In Arizona, the application must be completed online. It cannot be mailed or turned into the Arizona Department of Health Services. All necessary documents are available on the Arizona Department of Health Services website. The downloadable forms are in PDF format. All required forms may be printed for the patient to complete and sign. Then images of the completed forms may be uploaded to the online application. An image of the patient’s state issued identification card, and a current digital photograph must also be uploaded to the online application.
Adult applicants will need to complete the following forms from the Arizona Department of Health Services website, and submit electronic copies with the application:
- Physician Certification Form– this will be completed by your doctor.
- Qualifying Patient Attestation Form– this states that you are signing that all information being submitting is true.
To start, obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from your doctor. Not all doctors are willing to recommend medical marijuana treatments. Cancer, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS are 3 of the qualifying medical conditions. If you choose to designate a caregiver, rather than cultivate yourself, you will need to provide additional caregiver information. The additional necessary caregiver information includes his or her full name, date of birth, address, gender,
The following is a list of all documents required to apply for a Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card in Arizona:
- Electronic copy of your state issued photo identification (driver’s license)
- Recent passport style digital photograph of the patient’s face
- Electronic copy of completed and signed “Physician Certification Form”
- Electronic copy of completed and signed “Patient Attestation”
- Visa or MasterCard payment of $150 (Qualifying patients enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may only have to pay a fee of $75)
The Arizona Department of Health Services provides online instructions, and a clear checklist for the application. Please be sure to read both the instructions and the checklist before you begin the application. The application must be completed once it is started. Applicants will not be able to start the application, save, and finish it at a later time, so it is very important that you have all necessary documents ready before beginning the application process.
How long will it take to receive my card in the mail?
Once the application is approved, allow 10 business days to receive your card in the mail. The applicant will receive an email stating that the application has been approved. The approval email will also provide the patient with a list of all operating dispensaries. A Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card holder will be able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14 day period, or cultivate up to 12 plants.