The deepest thing in Arizona may be the Grand Canyon, but that won’t stop you from getting high – on medical marijuana, that is. Legal in this state since 2010, patients here who suffer from a relatively short list of qualifying conditions (compared to other states in the nation with a more liberal view of Maryjane in medical situations) are ensured access to top-quality medical cannabis for therapeutic treatment. And more good news: you won’t find better Arizona cannabis seeds than those here at Growers Choice.
So, whether you’re a card-carrying Arizonan (we can tell by the bolo tie) or just here for the chimichangas, let’s take a look at cannabis in the Copper State.
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It took local proponents more than one go to get the state-level government on board with the idea of medical cannabis in Arizona – the first measure was put forth, and passed, in 1996, but the medical cannabis portion was repealed a few months later. Proposition 203 passed by the slightest margin in 2010, with 50.1% of the vote. Way to go, Arizona!
If you’re a patient in the state who is over the age of 18, are a legal resident of the state, and have a prescription from your physician, you can register for a medical marijuana card if you suffer from:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Wasting syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Persistent Muscle Spasms
There are already over 120,000 registered and active participants in Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program, which allows patients up to 2.5 ounces of useable marijuana, including edibles! Most of these patients use ganja to treat their chronic pain conditions.
Arizona’s Rules on Cannabis Reciprocity
Though there is a growing trend nationwide for states to legalize recreational marijuana use for their residents, Arizona has yet to jump on board, despite being neighbor to three über cannabis-friendly states: California, Colorado, and Nevada have all made the leap.
This means that cannabis tourism is a no-go here, but if you have a valid registration card from another state, you can legally possess and use – but not purchase – 2.5 ounces of pot when you stop by for a visit. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Arizona touts some of the toughest restrictions going – heed our warning and handle your hemp with care!
No Smoking! But Cannabis Munchies Are Cool
Just a friendly reminder – even if you have a medical cannabis card you can’t take a toke in public, it must be done privately. You can, however, indulge in your favorite cannabis-infused treats while out and about, so long as you aren’t operating a vehicle or any other activity that might be considered negligent.
Grow Your Own Medical Cannabis in Arizona
With the logistics out of the way, we can get to the good stuff. Card-carrying medical cannabis users are legally allowed to grow up to 12 plants for personal use. 12 plants! That’s generous, though there is a caveat – you must live further than 25 miles from a dispensary to be allowed to grow weed at home. Also, your medicinal garden has to be in an enclosed, locked facility; think a closet or greenhouse.
You can also be designated by the ADHS as a medical cannabis cultivator, which allows caregivers aged 21 years and older to grow medical weed for up to five patients.
Ready to start your own therapeutic gardening project? Get your grow room in order and check out these potent strains, which rank among some of the most popular cannabis strains in Arizona today:
Now, get growing!