Medical Marijuana Evaluation FAQ

Note: The complete text of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act can be found here.

 

Who Is Eligible?

Individuals in the state of Arizona who suffer from any of the qualifying conditions, specified in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, are now able to legally acquire medical marijuana to address conditions they endure due to illness: 

  • Cancer

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • 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 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

NOTE: We are a naturopathic medical office, we do not generate medical records or visit notes solely for the purpose of medical marijuana certification. All patients who have been to a physician in the past 365 days for the condition they wish to get their card for must bring those medical records. Our doctors will not complete the state-required medical marijuana certification without them.

How Do I Get a Card?

1. For a NEW Medical Marijuana Certification, the following are required:

 

  • Medical records within the last year stating you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Wild Wellness Integrative Medicine will not complete the state-required Medical Marijuana Certification without them.

  • Arizona photo ID issued after 1996 (Driver’s License, Identification Card, or US Passport).

  • A MasterCard or Visa (debit/credit or prepaid card) is required for the Arizona Department of Health State application fee. The regular fee, without proof of food stamps, is $150. With proof of food stamps, the fee is $75.

  • If you are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and wish to qualify for the food-stamp fee of $75, you must present your Food Stamp Card, with your name on the front. If your Food Stamp Card does not have your name on the front, the State of Arizona will require your food stamp approval letter from the DES (Department of Economic Security).

  • A payment of $100.00 to Wild Wellness Integrative Medicine. A fee of $34.95 will be applied for any insufficient funds or returned checks. 

 

NOTE: We will process and submit your state application for you.  The state fee and the visit fee are seperate and both must be paid in full at the time of your visit.  

2. For a Medical Marijuana Certification RENEWAL, the following are required:

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  • Your current Medical Marijuana Card.

  • Arizona photo ID issued after 1996 (Driver’s License, IdentificationCcard, or US Passport).

  • A MasterCard or Visa (debit/credit or prepaid card) is required for the Arizona Department of Health State application fee. The regular fee, without proof of food stamps, is $150. With proof of food stamps, the fee is $75.

  • If you are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and wish to qualify for the food-stamp fee of $75, you must present your Food Stamp Card, with your name on the front. If your Food Stamp Card does not have your name on the front, the State of Arizona will require your food stamp approval letter from the DES (Department of Economic Security).

  • A cash or check payment of $100.00 to Wild Wellness Integrative Medicine. A fee of $34.95 fee will be applied for any insufficient funds or returned checks.

 

NOTE: We will process and submit your state application for you. The state fee and the visit fee are seperate and both must be paid in full at the time of your visit. 

How Long Will It Take to Get My Card?

  • Your Medical Marijuana Card Application must be submitted and processed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

  • The Arizona Department of Health Services will review your application and send your approval notification by email usually within 3–5 business days (We have no control over the ADHS).

  • Once your application has been approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services, your Medical Marijuana Card will arrive in your e-mail inbox within 3–10 business days (We have no control over the ADHS).

As a Qualifying Patient, Can I Grow Medical Marijuana?

  • Yes, provided your residential address is more than 25 miles away (as the crow flys) from any operating Medical Marijuana Dispensary. 

  • To check whether your address is outside the 25-mile boundary, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

How Do I Become a Caregiver?

 

  • To become a caregiver, you must be designated as a caregiver by the qualifying patient you will be assisting. The qualifying patient may designate you as their caregiver when their state application is being processed. A qualifying patient who’s application has already been approved may add you as their caregiver at anytime for an additional state fee of $10.

  • When the caregiver designation requested by the qualifying patient has been approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services, you must then submit a Caregiver Application to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

  • As a caregiver, you must also submit two fingerprint cards along with the last page of your Caregiver Application to the State of Arizona for a background check. (To be eligible as a caregiver, you must have had no felonies within the past 10 years.)

  • The Caregiver Application state fee is $200. A MasterCard or Visa is required (debit/credit or prepaid card). 

  • If you would like us to process/submit your Caregiver Application and mail your fingerprint cards to the State of Arizona, an appointment will be required along with a cash or check payment of $50 to Wild Wellness Integrative Medicine. 

  • As a caregiver, the State of Arizona will not authorize you to cultivate medical marijuana for the qualifying patient you will be assisting unless that patient lives more than 25 miles away (as the bird flies) from any operating Medical Marijuana Dispensary.

Senate Bill 1494 goes into effect August 27, 2019. As a result of this bill, applicants who submit an initial or renewal application for a qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent on or after August 27, 2019, that is approved by the Department, will be issued a license that is valid for two years. Renewals for nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary licenses submitted on or after August 27, 2019, if approved by the Department, will also be valid for two years. If you currently have a license, it will still expire on the expiration date printed on the card or license. If you submit an application before August 27, 2019, you will be issued a license that is valid for one year. The AZ Department of Health Services is not accepting initial applications for nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary licenses at this time.

Sec. 4. Section 43-1201, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
43-1201. Organizations exempt from tax
A. Organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under section 501 of the internal revenue code are exempt from the tax imposed under this title. In addition, the following organizations are exempt from the taxes imposed under this title, except as otherwise provided in this chapter:
1. Labor, agricultural or horticultural organizations, other than cooperative organizations.
2. Fraternal beneficiary societies, orders or organizations both:
(a) Operating under the lodge system or for the exclusive benefit of the members of a fraternity itself operating under the lodge system.
(b) Providing for the payment of life, sick, accident or other benefits to the members of such society, order or organization or their dependents.
3. Cemetery companies owned and operated exclusively for the benefit of their members or which are not operated for profit or any corporation chartered for burial purposes and not permitted by its charter to engage in any business not necessarily related to that purpose, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual member thereof.
4. Corporations organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, and no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.
5. Business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards or boards of trade, not organized for profit, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
6. Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare or local organizations of employees, the membership of which is limited to the employees of a designated person or persons in a particular municipality, the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational or recreational purposes.
7. Clubs organized and operated exclusively for pleasure, recreation and other non-profitable purposes, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder.
8. Corporations organized for the exclusive purpose of holding title to property, collecting income therefrom and turning over the entire amount of such income, less expenses, to an organization which itself is exempt from the tax imposed by this title.
9. Voluntary employees’ beneficiary organizations providing for the payment of life, sick, accident or other benefits to the members of such organizations or their dependents, if both of the following apply:
(a) No part of their net earnings inures, other than through such payments, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
(b) Eighty-five per cent or more of the income consists of amounts collected from members and amounts contributed to the organization by the employer of the members for the sole purpose of making such payments and meeting expenses.
10. Teachers’ or public employees’ retirement fund organizations of a purely local character, if both of the following apply:
(a) No part of their net earnings inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, other than through payment of retirement benefits.
(b) The income consists solely of amounts received from public taxation, amounts received from assessments upon the salaries of members and income in respect of investments. For the purposes of this paragraph, “public employees” means employees of the state and its political subdivisions.
11. Religious or apostolic organizations or corporations, if such organizations or corporations have a common treasury or community treasury, even if such corporations or organizations engage in business for the common benefit of the members, but only if the members thereof include, at the time of filing their returns, in their Arizona gross income their pro rata shares, whether distributed or not, of the net income of the organizations or corporations for such year. Any amount so included in the Arizona gross income of a member shall be treated as a dividend received.
12. Voluntary employees’ beneficiary organizations providing for the payment of life, sick, accident or other benefits to the members of such organization, their dependents or their designated beneficiaries, if both of the following apply:
(a) Admission to membership in such organization is limited to individuals who are officers or employees of the United States government.
(b) No part of the net earnings of such organization inures, other than through such payments, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
13. Corporations classified as diversified management companies under section 5 of the federal investment company act of 1940 and registered as provided in that act.
14. Insurance companies paying to the state tax upon premium income derived from sources within this state.
15. Mutual ditch, irrigation or water companies or similar nonprofit organizations if eighty-five per cent or more of the income consists of amounts collected from members for the sole purpose of meeting losses and expenses.
16. Workers’ compensation pools established pursuant to section 23-961.01.
B. NONPROFIT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES UNDER TITLE 36, CHAPTER 28.1, ARE EXEMPT FROM THE TAXES IMPOSED UNDER THIS TITLE.

Sec. 5. Conditional repeal; notice
A. Section 36-2812, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, is repealed as of the date the Arizona department of health services begins to issue registry identification cards to qualifying patients and designated caregivers.
B. The Arizona department of health services shall notify, in writing, the director of the Arizona legislative council of this date.

Sec. 6. Exemption from rule making
For the purposes of this act, the Department is exempt from the rule making requirements of Title 41, Chapter 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, for one year after the effective date of this act except that the Department shall provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed rules and shall publish otherwise exempted rules.

Sec. 7. Severability
If a provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.

JOSHUA REILLY, N.D.

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