Recreational marijuana is not legal in Arizona and possession of marijuana in either flower form or concentrated form is a felony. However, courts have been directed to offer probation to individuals arrested for first- and second-time possession, provided they are in possession of less than 2 lbs of marijuana and have no prior convictions for violent crimes. Possession or cultivation of more than 2 lbs of marijuana can result in felony charges, steep fines, and years of imprisonment.
Arizona does have a medical marijuana program, and allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO), homeopathic (MD(H) or DO(H)), or naturopathic (NMD or ND) physicians can recommend it to patients, provided they hold a valid Arizona license and have a physician-patient relationship with the patient. Qualifying patients may purchase no more than 2.5 oz in any 2-week period. To grow marijuana at home, patients must live more than 25 miles away from the nearest dispensary and receive approval from the state. Those who can grow marijuana at home are only allowed to grow 12 plants at one time.
Medical marijuana may be recommended for the following conditions:
• Alzheimer’s disease
• ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
• Crohn’s disease
• Hepatitis C
Or to alleviate the following symptoms associated with a debilitating medical condition:
• Severe and chronic pain
• Severe or persistent muscle spasms
Arizona does offer reciprocity to patients of participating in the medical programs of other states, provided these patients are not residents of Arizona, have been diagnosed with a condition recognized as eligible for Arizona’s medical marijuana program, and have their medical card or its equivalent with them. However, out-of-state patients are not allowed to purchase marijuana in an Arizona dispensary.
The Arizona medical marijuana program website can be found here: