Arizona Medical Marijuana Program
- The Arizona Department of Health Services will accept Dispensary Registration Certificate applications in late 2015. There will be more information forthcoming regarding which, and the number of, CHAAs that will be available.
Use the links below to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. This is a developing program, so there may be things referenced in the FAQs that are not available yet. We suggest you bookmark this site and check back periodically to find the information you need.
Note: The information provided here is intended to provide general guidance and is just a supplement to the final rules and existing Arizona statutes governing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. For specific sections of the rules and statutes that pertain to these FAQs, search our Rules & Statutes section.
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DC01: Can I apply to be a designated caregiver?
DC02: How can I become a designated caregiver?
A qualifying patient must apply for a designated caregiver, and only if the designated caregiver meets specific requirements. The requirements for a designated caregiver are specified in state law and include that the individual must be at least 21 years of age, agree to assist the qualifying patient in the medical use of marijuana, and have not been convicted of an excluded felony offense. An individual may be a designated caregiver for no more than five qualifying patients. A designated caregiver does not have to be a home health aide or other professional caregiver.
DC03: Do I need a separate card for each of my qualifying patients?
Yes. Each patient must apply for you separately as the designated caregiver, so you will have a separate card for each qualifying patient you help.
DC04: Can I be both a qualifying patient and a designated caregiver?
Yes, an individual may be both a qualifying patient and the designated caregiver for another qualifying patient as long as the individual meets the requirements for both.
DC05: If I am a designated caregiver, can I use marijuana?
A designated caregiver must pledge not to divert marijuana to anyone not allowed to possess marijuana under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Therefore, a designated caregiver may not use marijuana unless the designated caregiver is also a qualifying patient.
DC06: If I already have a fingerprint clearance card from another job, why do I need to submit another fingerprint card to be a designated caregiver?
The list of offenses that would prevent a fingerprint clearance card from being issued to a teacher, child care worker, or other individuals required to obtain these, is not the same as the list of "excluded felony offenses" for which designated caregivers are checked. Therefore, all designated caregivers are required to submit fingerprints in a Department-provided format as part of the applications for registry identification cards unless their fingerprints were submitted within the previous six months as part of another application to the medical marijuana program.
DC07: Where can I have my fingerprints taken to send to the Department?
A caregiver will need to contact either a local law enforcement agency or a private company to have their fingerprints taken. There is more information on the Caregivers page.
DC08: Will I need to send in prints every year with the renewal application?
DC09: If I am a designated caregiver, can I grow marijuana?
A designated caregiver can grow marijuana for a qualifying patient's medical use only if the qualifying patient's home is more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary and the qualifying patient has designated the caregiver as the one who should be approved to cultivate marijuana on the qualifying patient's behalf. The amount of marijuana a designated caregiver may grow or possess is limited by the number of qualifying patients who the designated caregiver is assisting.
DC10: What if I live less than 25 miles from a dispensary, but the qualifying patient does not? Can I grow medical marijuana?
DC11: What if my qualifying patient lives less than 25 miles from a dispensary, but I don't. Can I grow medical marijuana?
DC12: How much can I grow?
The amount of marijuana a designated caregiver may grow or possess is limited by the number of qualifying patients who the designated caregiver is assisting. It is limited to 12 plants per qualifying patient.
DC13: Can I grow outside?
Designated caregivers can grow marijuana outside when authorized to grow marijuana and who comply with the law, growing the marijuana in an enclosed, locked facility: a closet, room, greenhouse, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a cardholder. "Enclosed area" is defined in rule as an outdoor space surrounded by solid 10-foot walls constructed of metal, concrete, or stone that prevent any viewing of the marijuana plants, with a one-inch-thick metal gate.
DC14: How much will it cost to apply for a registry identification card or a dispensary registration certificate?
The fees are listed in rules and include:
- $150 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a qualifying patient. Some qualifying patients may be eligible to pay $75 for initial and renewal cards if they currently participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- $200 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a designated caregiver. A caregiver must apply for a new card for every patient under their care (up to five patients).
- $500 for an initial or a renewal registry identification card for a dispensary agent.
- $5,000 for an initial dispensary registration certificate.
- $1,000 for a renewal dispensary registration certificate.
- $2,500 to change the location of a dispensary or cultivation facility.
- $10 to amend, change, or replace a registry identification card.
DC15: How do I make changes to my designated caregiver registry identification card?
The designated caregiver can access the change card feature from the ADHS Medical Marijuana Program website. The designated caregiver patient will need to enter the card number and first and last name. Designated caregivers can change the name, gender, and address from this feature. The cardholder will also need to upload an electronic copy of the cardholder's identification and pay a $10 fee.
DC16: How do I request a replacement of my designated caregiver registry identification card if the card has been lost or stolen?
The designated caregiver can access the lost/stolen card application feature from the ADHS Medical Marijuana Program website. The designated caregiver will need to enter the card number, first and last name, and date of birth. If the card number is not known, the designated caregiver can contact the program for assistance. The cardholder will also need to upload an electronic copy of the cardholder's identification and pay a $10 fee.