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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona in 2024

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While adult-use cannabis is legal in Arizona, there are many upsides to obtaining an Arizona medical marijuana card. Qualified patients can enjoy money saved on taxes, expanded possession limits, and much more.

Since late 2023, telemedicine has been legal for medical cannabis certifications so Leafwell is now open in Arizona.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about obtaining an Arizona medical marijuana card, who qualifies for medical use, and what the law says about cannabis use and possession.

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Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Arizona

Arizona voters approved legalizing recreational cannabis on November 3, 2020. However, there are many benefits afforded to medical marijuana patients that don’t apply to adult consumers.

Those with an Arizona medical marijuana card pay only 8-10% in product tax, while recreational users pay a minimum of 21.6% — more than double the amount. Qualifying patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable medical cannabis products. In contrast, recreational users 21 years or older may possess up to one ounce of flower or five grams of concentrate.

Regarding cultivation, recreational consumers may grow up to six mature plants per household. Medical patients may grow 12 mature plants, provided they live more than 25 miles from the nearest legalized dispensary.

Eligibility Requirements

Residents must be 18 years or older to apply for an Arizona medical marijuana card. They must also provide proof of residency as a part of their application package.

Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Arizona?

Minors seeking medical marijuana must designate a parent or legal guardian as a caregiver responsible for procuring medical cannabis from dispensaries on the patient’s behalf. The caregiver must be over 18 years old and apply for an MMJ card through the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Qualifying Conditions

According to Arizona law, the following medical conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card:

How to Apply

Documents You’ll Need

  • A copy of a photo ID, such as an Arizona driver’s license or state ID card
  • A current photo
  • A signed Physician Certification Form
  • A signed Marijuana Program Patient Attestation Form
  • An application fee of $150

It’s not required to bring your medical records to your doctor’s consultation, but it can help your physician make a more accurate and thorough assessment.

Steps to Apply

  1. Attend a consultation online with Leafwell to determine whether your condition qualifies for medical use. The consultation costs $99.
  2. Receive a certificate from your physician.
  3. Complete the online patient registry application and submit the form, the $150 application fee, and proof of ID and Arizona residency to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
    1. If needed, designate a caregiver who must apply separately.
    2. If needed, request authorization for at-home cultivation.
  4. Provide a valid Arizona driver’s license or state identification card.
  5. Upon application approval, you’ll receive your registry identification card in the mail. It can take 7-14 days to get a physical copy of your Arizona medical marijuana card.

What to Expect During Your Leafwell Appointment

Telemedicine is quick and easy in Arizona for medical marijuana certification. Simply create an account and either enter the virtual waiting room to see the next available healthcare provider, or book a consult at a time that suits you. If you’re not approved, you’ll get your money back.


The application fee for new medical marijuana patients in Arizona is $150 and $75 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. This does not include the physician’s fee, which can cost between $100-250. Most insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana-related physician services.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Arizona cannabis laws do allow reciprocity to a limited extent. Reciprocity is available to “visiting qualifying patients.” To qualify, the patient:

  • Must not be a resident of Arizona (or has resided in Arizona for less than 30 days)
  • Must have been diagnosed with a medical condition recognized under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act
  • Must possess a medical cannabis card or its equivalent that was issued according to the laws of another state. The out-of-state registration card has the same force and effect as a card issued in Arizona, except that the visiting qualifying patient may not purchase medical marijuana in Arizona.

Several other states, however, practice reciprocity and will recognize an Arizona medical marijuana card. The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey *
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

States that do not accept out-of-state cards but have recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older include:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota (currently only tribal dispensaries)
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Applying as a Caregiver

A patient must fill in caregiver information with the application form for medical marijuana. The application process is similar for caregivers as it is for patients. Once this application is received, the caregiver must submit a filled-out physician’s attestation form and their own completed application form. Arizona law requires additional ID materials for caregivers, including fingerprints, to be sent by mail to the ADHS’s office address.

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana

In Arizona, medical marijuana patients may acquire cannabis at any licensed dispensary. While Arizona does not have medical marijuana-specific facilities, some businesses may be more patient-accommodating than others.

Patients also enjoy access to higher potency cannabis products than recreational users, and some dispensaries provide separate lines with shorter wait times for MMJ cardholders. Finally, medical patients can have their cannabis delivered to their homes, provided they live more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary.

When seeking medical marijuana, it’s a good idea to talk to dispensary staff and ask plenty of questions. These trained professionals can assist you in identifying the best cannabis products for specific health conditions and address any questions or concerns.


Only qualifying patients with an AZ medical marijuana card who live more than 25 miles away from a legally recognized marijuana dispensary may cultivate plants. Up to 12 cannabis plants can be grown for a qualifying individual.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

Both medical marijuana and adult use are legal in Arizona. For those 21 or over, possession of up to one ounce (28 g) of marijuana (with no more than five grams being marijuana concentrate) or growing up to six marijuana plants at their home (with up to 12 marijuana plants in households with two or more adult members) is now legal.

Those with an Arizona medical marijuana card pay only 8-10% in product tax and may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable medical cannabis products.

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