Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona Medical Marijuana

1. How long does it take to be legally able to use medical marijuana in Arizona?

Typically it takes 1 to 2 weeks to receive your Arizona Medical Marijuana Card after you see the doctor. Unlike other states, where you can wait up to 6 months for your actual card, Arizona is very fast. If the doctor you go see does not take your photo, you will need a passport photo taken. This type of photo can be taken at numerous different places and should not be hard to obtain.

2. Once you have your card, where can I get medical marijuana in Arizona?

Once you have seen the doctor and are approved for the program, there are several means of obtaining medicine. If you are not within 25 miles of a dispensary, you can grow your own medicine/marijuana. You can grow up to 12 plants legally under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

3. Can the police raid the dispensary?

Yes. Unfortunately the police/DEA can do whatever they want. Technically marijuana is not recognized as a drug with medicinal purposes to the federal government. This means that the FEDS can still arrest you for growing marijuana even if you have an Arizona medical marijuana card. However, in Arizona if you have a marijuana card and posses less then 2.5 ounces, the Arizona police cannot charge you with a marijuana crime. So the key here people is to be legal and know the medical marijuana laws! As far as the DEA and growing your own marijuana, you have been warned!

4. What are the qualifying conditions that a person must have to be approved for medical marijuana?

Here are the qualifying conditions as outlined by the State of Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, and severe and persistent spasms.

5. How long is an AZ medical marijuana card good for?

For patients and caregivers, your card is good for 1 year. After one year, it must be renewed for you to stay legal under the Arizona medical marijuana law.

6. Is there a limit on how much marijuana I can posses at once?

You can posses NO MORE than 2.5 ounces.

7. Is there anywhere a Arizona marijuana patient cannot use their medicine?

Yes. You cannot use medical marijuana in public, on school property or in a correctional institute. This limits you pretty much to using in the privacy of your own home.

8. Can I be arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of medical marijuana in Arizona?

Yes. You cannot operate a motor vehicle under the influence of anything much less marijuana. Even if you are a legal patient, you cannot drive a car or motorcycle while you are medicated. However, if you are pulled over and marijuana metabolites are found in your system, this cannot be proof of impairment.

9. Can patients take their medical marijuana anywhere?

No. Medical marijuana in Arizona cannot be used or possessed in the workplace or in public places like bars and restaurants or schools. You are best to leave it at home and medicate at home.

10. What do I do if I am pulled over while driving with medical marijuana in Arizona?

Always cooperate with law enforcement. Make sure you always carry your Arizona medical marijuana card with you whenever you are in possession of marijuana. Always keep 2.5 ounces or less. As long as you follow the laws, the police should not give you a hard time. If for some reason they do, contact an attorney and let them handle the situation for you. Do not try to take on the system without an experienced defense attorney.

11. What is the best type of marijuana to use for pain?

Typically, Indica’s are the best for physical ailments and pain. If you do not know the difference between a Sativa strain and an Indica strain, our staff will gladly assist you in choosing which type is right for you.

12. Is there nighttime and daytime marijuana strains?

Yes and no. Some strains are better used at night because they have a sedating, sleepy effect on people. These strains are known as Indica strains. Sativa strains are known for their uplifting, energetic high. However, what one patient might find sedating, another patient might find uplifting, so this is a difficult question to answer. Everyone’s human biology is different.