Arizona allows medical marijuana use under the circumstances described below. However, it is still a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana, and other laws regarding marijuana possession for non-medical purposes will still apply.
To learn more about Arizona marijuana laws in general, such as possession and sale, see Arizona Marijuana Laws.
To learn about Arizona's DUI marijuana laws, see Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Arizona.
Does Arizona Allow Medical Marijuana Use?
Yes. State law provides for a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and designated caregivers who, once registered, are issued individual ID cards. Patients who meet the criteria set forth in Arizona law and who wish to register must submit an application (including a physician statement describing the applicant’s medical condition) along with the necessary fees.
A qualifying patient may cultivate medical marijuana (in an enclosed area) if the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 36-2801, and following.)
An Important Note on Local Legal Representation
If you have been charged with a marijuana-related offense, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. While the penalties and consequences of a marijuana charge are governed by statutory law, only a local criminal defense attorney can tell you how cases like yours tend to be handled by prosecutors and judges in your courthouse.