3 Steps: How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Arizona
Are you thinking about using medical cannabis to treat a qualifying condition, but don’t know how or where to get your card? This post is for you. Here’s the easy 3-step process to get your medical cannabis card in Arizona.
Chronic Pain and Other Qualifying Conditions
Arizona allows patients with chronic pain, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia (wasting syndrome), cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, nausea and PTSD to treat their conditions with medical cannabis. Chronic pain is, however, the most common reason patients medicate with cannabis. Whether you have an old athletic injury, arthritis, back pain, migraines, neuropathy or another pain issue, medical cannabis may help reduce your pain and improve both your health and quality of life.
3-Step Process to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Arizona
Patients 18 years or older can apply for a medical cannabis card by following the steps below. Patients under 18 years old must have a legal guardian register as a caregiver in order to apply for a card. The cost of the doctor’s visit ranges from approximately $75-$200. In addition, Arizona charges $150 annually ($75 if the patient is on SNAP/food stamps) for each medical cannabis card.
1. Make an appointment with your physician or at a medical cannabis certification clinic. For those of you looking for a place to make your appointment, check out AZ marijuana (dot) com/doctors/ for a list of certification centers across the state.
2. On the day of your visit, bring a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona Identification Card. If you’re going to a certification center, you’ll also need to bring medical records less than twelve months old that show you have one of the qualifying conditions listed above.
Note: If you have chronic pain and don’t have medical records, some certification centers can still help because they have healthcare professionals on staff that will evaluate your condition and determine if you qualify for a card. Ask the question when you call for your appointment.
If you’re approved for a card, some certification clinics will immediately submit the required documents for you. Most physicians and certification clinics, however, will give you a signed Physician Certification Form that you’ll need to scan and submit online at the Arizona Department of Health: http://azdhs.gov/licensing/medicalmarijuana/index.php in order to get a card.
3. Once your documents have been submitted and accepted, you’ll receive your card in a discreet white envelope from the Department of Health within 7-10 business days.
If you’d like to learn more about medical cannabis, please feel free to attend one of Harvest’s New Patient Orientation seminars. They are held the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Harvest of Tempe and on a rotating schedule at Harvest of Scottsdale. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need a medical cannabis card to attend.
Here’s to medical cannabis and your improved health!