The Beginner’s Guide to Legal Medical Marijuana in Arizona

As evidenced by its nickname, the Grand Canyon State, Arizona is known for its spectacular canyon formed by the Colorado River. Millions flock to witness its majesty annually.

Another state tourist attraction involves playing host to half of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training teams, otherwise known as the Cactus League.

Because vacations are a time to unwind, some tourists may ponder the possibility of lighting up to make their visit to the Grand Canyon National Park or one of the stadiums that much more memorable.

But the arid climate in Arizona extends to its marijuana laws, which may seem like a desert wasteland compared with the relaxed laws of neighboring California or Nevada, both adult-use states. Medical marijuana legalization in Arizona has been something of an uphill battle. Though it is now legal, there are still limitations. So before you toke up, buy a baseball glove, and head out to catch some foul balls, make sure you know what you can and can’t do when it comes to cannabis in Arizona.

Where and How to Buy

Qualifying patients with a registry identification card can buy medical marijuana from a dispensary registered with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Dispensaries must operate on a not-for-profit basis, but can receive payments to cover expenses. Patients can’t possess more than 2 1/2 ounces, or 70.9 grams, of cannabis during any 14-day period.

To qualify, the patient must have a diagnosis of one of the below:

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following conditions:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Seizures
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms

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