WHAT MEDICAL CONDITIONS WILL QUALIFY A PATIENT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
- 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
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Intake paperwork can be filled out in the comfort of our office or you can print the forms to bring in completed. This can speed up the overall time of your visit in any of our offices.
If you have seen a doctor in the past 12 months, we need your Chart Notes from the corresponding physician(s). We would love to help you obtain your medical records with a printable medical release form that can be filled out and given or faxed to your primary doctor. You can also stop in or call any of our locations for assistance with your medical release form. Medical records, in most cases, can be obtained quickest by contacting your doctor asking, “when is the best time to pick-up my chart notes?”
Forms of Identification
One of the following forms of identification is required to process an application: Arizona Driver’s License, Arizona Identification Card, or U.S. Passport.
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DOES INSURANCE COVER ANY OF YOUR FEES?
Unfortunately, no. Insurance agencies do not cover the certification process at this time. Fingers crossed for the future!
WHAT PAYMENT OPTIONS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Any products or services performed by our office are required to be paid in CASH.
Example: Processing application fees, fingerprints, additional services from our physicians, and CBD products.
Any fees that are required for the state services are required to be paid with a Visa or MasterCard.
Example: State fee is required for any application; card change, caregiver, replacement, caregiver, new card and renewal applications.
HOW LONG DOES THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
Every patient is one of a kind, and every appointment or walk-in is somewhat unique. In most cases, an appointment will consist of intake paperwork, as well as a visit with the doctor. This will typically last about 45 to 60 minutes. Walk-in wait times can vary greatly. We always suggest making an appointment for the quickest experience with us. Unless, of course, you just love our free munchies and comfortable chairs in our lobby!
WHAT IS PROPOSITON 203 AKA THE ARIZONA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT?
In November of 2010, voters passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act under Proposition 203. It required the Arizona Department of Health Services to create a medical marijuana program inside 120 days from the decision date. To look through the full statutes representing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services site for more information.
ARE PEOPLE ABLE TO DISCOVER IF I HAVE A MEDICAL MAIJUANA CARD?
No. Arizona utilizes a database that can only look into 20-digit patient ID numbers. Law enforcement and employers cannot search your name to see if you are a medical marijuana cardholder. All offices are full HIPAA compliant as well.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
The state fee is $150. However, if you are part of the Arizona EBT / SNAP/ Food Stamp program, the state fee is $75. The state fee is paid with a valid and current credit card, debit card, or prepaid card with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
The office fee is $150, with current medical records. If you have not seen a doctor in the past 12 months, our Dr. on-site can examine you for a $50 fee. This exam can only apply to qualifying conditions that can be diagnosed on site by our doctor. The office fee has to be paid with cash.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED FOR THE EBT/SNAP DISCOUNTED STATE FEE?
We need your active EBT card with your name printed on the front, or raised like a credit/debit card. If that is not present on your card, or someone else on your account has their name on the card, we will need the most recent approval letter. That approval letter should show that the status is open and has your name, followed by your date of birth. This documentation will reduce your state fee by 50%.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE A MEDICAL 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.
HOW SOON AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION WILL I RECEIVE MY REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD?
After the Arizona Department of Health Services receives a complete application, ADHS will issue your medical marijuana card to your mailing address within 10 working days.
HOW LONG IS THE CARD GOOD FOR?
Your medical marijuana card is good for two years from the issue date. If you would like to continue the program, we suggest scheduling a renewal appointment 2 to 3 weeks before your card expires. We will give you a reminder call 60 days beforehand. The state allows you to renew your card as early as 90 days before expiration. The state will also email you that your 90-day renewal period has begun.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR REPLACING A CARD?
A card can be replaced for a small fee of $20 ($10 cash and $10 Visa or MasterCard). All we need is your patient ID number from an old medical container label, or we can give you the number to the state to retrieve it. Then your new card will be sent to you within 7 to 10 business days.
MY JOB FREQUENTLY DRUG TESTS, INCLUDING FOR MARIJUANA. AM I PROTECTED WITH A REGISTRATION CARD?
As indicated by the Arizona Department of Health Services, “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.”
CAN I PURCHASE MARIJUANA FROM YOU ONCE I’M A CARD HOLDER?
No. Dr. Reeferalz is not a state licensed dispensary. The only products we sell on our premises are CBD-based, that do not contain any THC or psychoactive agents.
CAN I STILL QUALIFY FOR A PATIENT REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD WITH A PAST CONVICTION FOR POSSESSION OR USE OF MARIJUANA?
Yes. As long as you are certified from an Arizona physician, you can still get a medical marijuana card.
CAN I TRANSFER A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD FROM ANOTHER STATE?
No. Each state has unique requirements and regulations for acceptance into their medical marijuana program.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO UPDATE THE ADDRESS ON MY REGISTRATION CARD?
Your address can be updated through a simple application on the Arizona Department of Health Services website, for $10 on a Visa or MasterCard. We can also update it for you in any of our offices, for a fee of $20 ($10 cash and $10 Visa or MasterCard). You can also update your email or phone number for free, through AZDHS, under the applications tab.