Medical (2010)

Current Status

The Arizona Department of Health Services has recently  awarded 31 new medical cannabis licenses. The new 31 dispensaries were selected from a pool of 750 applicants, all of which submitted bids for licenses between July 18-29. There are already 94 operating dispensaries in Arizona, along with another five that have received licenses but are not yet up and running. That brings the total of licensed MMJ dispensaries to 130.

The state’s initiative to legalize recreational marijuana was not approved in the ballot last November 8. So every business will be solely on the medical side, requiring patients to be recommended by a physician for medical marijuana consumption.

Medical Marijuana

The Arizona’s current medical cannabis program was passed in 2010 by 50.13% of voters

Patient Registry or ID Cards Program?
Yes, for medical patients.
99,740 adults + 155 minors; Source: Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

It is legal for a patient with an Arizona registry ID card to use cannabis for medical purposes. Patients may also grow cannabis and appoint a designated caregiver for assistance. Patients and designated caregivers may only cultivate if they live at least 25 miles from a registered dispensary; until further notice, however, the dispensary program is in limbo, therefore all patients with registry ID cards are able to cultivate their own medicine, as long as they receive permission to cultivate.


Currently, you cannot apply for any marijuana business licenses.

Cannabis Grow Limit:
A medical marijuana patient or the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver may cultivate up to twelve (12) plants if they live more than 25 miles from the nearest medical marijuana dispensary.

Cannabis Possession Limit:
A qualifying patient or designated caregiver registered with ADHS may obtain and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered non-profit medical marijuana dispensary.


Not allowed
Currently, you cannot apply for any marijuana business licenses.


Currently, you cannot apply for any marijuana business licenses.


Arizona has allocated the licensing of dispensaries at a ratio of one per ten pharmacies in the state, or a total of 124. In 2016, Arizona licensed 31 new dispensaries.

Currently, you cannot apply for any marijuana business licenses.

Arizona was the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana on November 2, 2010.

Important Cannabis Laws

Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) (2010) : created Arizona’s medical marijuana program

Proposition 203 (2010) : sponsored by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project.
The proposition allowed residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal use. According to the provisions of the initiative, the Arizona Department of Health Services would be put in charge of regulating the sale and use of medical marijuana. The measure allowed qualified patients and caregivers to purchase the drug from specific, closely watched clinics.
Patients would be protected from arrest and prosecution for using the plant for medicinal purposes. Employers would also not be allowed to discriminate in hiring employees, as well as terminating employment against registered cardholders. However, the measure did not allow workers to be on the medicine while on the job.

HB 2541 (2011) : allows an employer to fire a patient for workplace impairment solely on the word of a “reliable” colleague or a positive drug test

HB 2585 (2011) : added marijuana patient data to the prescription drug monitoring program

HB 2349 (2012): prohibited medical cannabis at all schools, vocational schools, and college campuses

House Bill 2349, Exception to Arizona Proposition 203 (2012) : this new bill states that medical marijuana cannot be used in educational institutions and child care facilities.

HB 2346 (2015) : the legislature specified that AMMA does not require workers’ compensation benefits to include reimbursement for medical cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Program Rules

Superior Court Ruling (Compassion First v. Arizona)