Dr. Reeferalz

Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center

FAQ

Q 01: What medical conditions will qualify a patient for medical marijuana?
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
    • Severe and chronic pain;
    • Severe nausea;
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Q 02: If I am a SNAP participant, how do I show proof that I am receiving those benefits?

If qualifying patients wish to apply for the reduced fee card, they must submit with their application a copy of an eligibility notice or electronic benefits transfer card that shows they are participating in the SNAP program with their application for a registry identification card.

Q 03: What if my medical condition is not listed?State law allows a person to request the addition of other conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions.
Q 04: How can I request the addition of a medical condition to the list?In January and July of each calendar year, the Department will accept written requests to add a medical condition to the list of the debilitating medical conditions. The requirements for completing a request to add a medical condition include:
  • The name of the medical condition or the treatment of the medical condition the individual is requesting be added;
  • A description of the symptoms and how they make it hard to do daily living activities. The availability of conventional medical treatments to provide therapy or comfort for the condition;
  • A summary of the evidence that marijuana will provide therapy or comfort for the medical condition; and
  • Articles, published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, reporting research on the effects of marijuana on the medical condition or the treatment of the medical condition supporting why the medical condition or the treatment of the medical condition should be added.
Q 05: Who can write a medical marijuana certification for a patient?Allopathic (MD), Osteopathic (DO), Homeopathic [MD(H) or DO(H)], and Naturopathic [NMD or ND] physicians who have a physician-patient relationship with the patient may write certifications for medical marijuana. The physician must hold a valid Arizona license.
Q 06: What if my doctor can't or won't write a certification for medical marijuana?

The written certification given to a qualifying patient does not have to come from the physician diagnosing the qualifying patient's debilitating condition or from the qualifying patient primary care provider. The written certification can be obtained from a different physician whom the qualifying patient has consulted about the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana. The physician providing the written certification must state that the physician has made or confirmed the qualifying patient's debilitating condition and believes the qualifying patient is likely to receive therapy or comfort for the qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition. In addition, the physician is required to state that the physician has undertaken specific activities that are part of establishing a physician-patient relationship

Q 07: How long will it take for me to receive my registry identification card after I submit my application?

After ADHS receives a complete application, ADHS will issue a registry identification card to the patient within 10 working days.

Q 08: How long will my registry identification card be good?

The registry identification card will expire one year after the date it was issued. The qualifying patient must apply for renewal at least 30 days before the expiration date. If a patient's card must be replaced, the replacement card will have the same expiration date as the card it is replacing.

Q 09: If I am a qualifying patient for medical marijuana, will you make my name available to everyone?

No, according to state law, the information that ADHS receives for the registry is confidential. It cannot be disclosed under the Arizona Open Records Law.

Q 10: How much marijuana can a qualifying patient possess?

A qualifying patient may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana or 12 marijuana plants.

Q 11: My workplace routinely tests for drugs including marijuana. If I'm a qualified patient, what kinds of protection do I have?

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act states that an employer will not be able to penalize a qualifying patient with a registry identification card for a positive drug test for marijuana, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana on the employment premises or during hours of employment. If you are unsure how the Act applies to you, consult an attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona.

Q 12: Can I grow my own marijuana?

According to state law, a qualifying patient or the qualifying patient's caregiver may be allowed to grow marijuana only if a dispensary is not operating within twenty-five (25) miles of the qualifying patient's home.

Q 13: How much marijuana can I buy?

A qualifying patient or designated caregiver registered with ADHS will be able to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.

Q 14: If I have a past conviction for possession or use of marijuana, can I still get a qualifying patient registry identification card?

Yes, Arizona residents who have a written certification from Arizona physicians can obtain qualifying patient registry identification cards. State law requires background checks for prior "excluded felony offenses" designated caregivers and dispensary agents.