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.
ADHS is providing information for physicians related to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. Below you will find links to documents important for physicians to read before making written certifications for the medical use of marijuana for their patients.
Open Letter to Physicians
We realize that many Arizona physicians may not yet feel comfortable with or fully informed about medicinal marijuana. It is likely that some of your patients will have questions for you about medical marijuana or perhaps request a certification from you. To assist you, we have reviewed numerous articles and sources of information about the medical use of marijuana in the letter below.
Medical Marijuana Continuing Medical Education (CME) Module
One of our primary goals from the start has been to try to build a true medical marijuana program. One of the keys is setting clear expectations for clinical assessment and medical record review by physicians before they sign a medical marijuana certification.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has collaborated with the U of A’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to develop a 5-hour free online Certified Medical Education course regarding the physician’s role and expectations under AZ Medical Marijuana program.
You can access the CME module through the University of Arizona Global Health Institute and select "New User Registration." After logging in, click on the Learning Center link, which will take you to the Learning Management system containing the Medical Marijuana course under the e-Training category.
Using Medical Marijuana Safely
ADHS contracts with the Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research (CTPER) which includes the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson and the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix to provide information to patients and dispensaries. Please visit their website at for some important information about how to use medical marijuana safely.
The Poison and Drug Information Center also provides a 24-hour, 365 day hotline to take your calls regarding medical marijuana concerns such as uses of medical marijuana, side effects, time and effects, and mixing marijuana with other drugs. 1-800-222-1222
Certification Form for Qualifying Adult Patients
If a physician would like to recommend medical marijuana to a qualifying patient, the physician must first certify that the patient has one of the "debilitating medical conditions" listed in A.R.S. §36-2801. The certification must be on the Department-provided form below:
Certification Form for Qualifying Patients Under 18
In addition to the Physician Certification Form above, if the qualifying patient is under the age of 18 a reviewing certification, provided by a different physician, is required. The reviewing physician must review the qualifying patient's medical records and also recommend medical marijuana to the qualifying patient. The reviewing certification must be on the Department-provided form below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Check out the FAQs to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by physicians.