Obtaining Your Medical Marijuana Card
STEP ONE: ARE YOU QUALIFIED?
The following is a list of qualifying situations for a Medical Marijuana Card
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes Cauchexia, or Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic/Debilitating Disease or medical condition, or the treatment for a chronic debilitating disease that causes Severe and Chronic Pain
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease that causes Severe Nausea
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe persistent muscle spasms including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or treatment approved by the Department of Health under A.R.S. 36-2801-01 and R9-17-106
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Qualification for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program requires a strict certification process.
STEP TWO: CHOOSE YOUR QUALIFYING PHYSICIAN.
We recommend the following doctor; you may choose another physician, of course.
Dr. Bruce Sadilek
Integrative Medical Associates
7468 N LaCholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741
STEP THREE: MEDICAL RECORDS & PHYSICIAN REVIEW
Whichever facility you choose, the collection of your medical records will be the next step. Without current and verifiable medical records, your physician will be unable to certify your condition under Arizona law. Although there are conditions where a patient will qualify for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program without full documentation, most of the certifying physicians will require that your records are current within one year.
Once you have contacted a qualifying physician, you will be asked to submit a medical release so that the doctor’s office can request your medical records from your treatment provider. If you already have your medical records, you will be able to mail, fax or email them to the qualifying physician.
Upon receipt of your medical records, your qualifying physician will thoroughly review the records to determine if you qualify for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. If additional documents are required for the review, a staff member will contact you and let you know which documents re necessary. If you qualify for the program, a staff member will call you to schedule an appointment with a qualifying physician.
STEP FOUR: CERTIFICATION APPOINTMENT
During the appointment, the Staff Physician will complete a full assessment of your medical history, review yourmedical records, conduct any pertinent exam(s) and develop a treatment plan that will provide for management and routine care of the debilitating medical condition.
After review and approval, qualified patients will receive a Physician Certification form that will allow them to apply to the state for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card. All applicants must present a valid Arizona ID, such as an AZ driver’s license or AZ state-issued ID card. Payment for the physician will be required at this time and, if the doctor’s office will be processing your application, the state fee will be required at this time also. Please note that insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana consultations or the application fee.
If approved, you will receive your Arizona Medical Marijuana Card 1-2 weeks after your application has been submitted to the state. Once you receive your Arizona Medical Marijuana Card, you will be qualified to buy, possess, consume and transport cannabis, up to the limits specified by Arizona’s Proposition 203 (currently 2.5 ounces every 2 weeks).
If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 520-620-9123.