Is Cannabis Legal In Arizona?

The state of Arizona has a comprehensive medical marijuana program that allows for the use of marijuana for a wide range of medical conditions. And in 2020, the state of Arizona legalized marijuana for adult personal use as well.

Cannabis for Medical Use in Arizona

The program was established in 2010 with the passage of Proposition 203, also known as the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, qualified patients are allowed to possess and use marijuana with the recommendation of a licensed physician and a medical marijuana card from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

To qualify for the medical marijuana program in Arizona, patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions, be a resident of Arizona and be at least 18 years old. Minors may qualify for the program with the approval of a licensed physician and the consent of a parent or guardian.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
    • Severe and chronic pain;
    • Severe nausea;
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Recreational Use of Cannabis in Arizona

The Safe and Smart Act (Proposition 207), legalized marijuana for adult personal use, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess, purchase, transport, or process 1 ounce or less of marijuana or 5 grams or less of marijuana concentrate.

Where Can I Get Cannabis in Arizona?

Proposition 207 also allowed for the cultivation and sale of marijuana within the state. Dispensaries are licensed and regulated by the ADHS.