The Easiest Way to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona

If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that in order to buy medical marijuana in Arizona, you need to have a valid MMJ card. While the generalized process is really no more complex than getting a recommendation from a state-licensed healthcare provider, there are a few potential roadblocks that you ought to be aware of before planning to start your application.

In this comprehensive step-by-step guide, we’ve mapped out the exact process you need to know if you want to apply for a medical marijuana card in Arizona. You’ll also find updated answers to some of the state’s most frequently-asked questions, as well as a host of general information on all things marijuana-related in the state of Arizona.

First Things First: Understanding Marijuana Laws in Arizona

Before we explain the practical steps on how to obtain an Arizona medical marijuana card, it’s important to understand the current situation in Arizona in regards to medical marijuana laws.

Truth be told, Arizona probably isn’t the easiest state to obtain medical cannabis – but it is far from the hardest. On November 2, 2010, the state took a giant leap and approved Arizona Proposition 203 (aka the “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act“), which removed all state-level criminal penalties for the use and possession of medical marijuana.

The Proposition also implemented a registration and renewal process governed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), which allows qualified patients to legally purchase cannabis under the recommendation of a physician that is licensed in the state.

Without further ado, here is the complete step-by-step process for how to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona, include what you need to do before visiting an approved doctor:

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona: A Step-by-Step Guide

#Step 1. Send Your Medical Records and Meet With an Arizona Healthcare Provider

The first step to applying for a medical marijuana card in Arizona is to have a physician fill out and sign an official ADHS medical marijuana certification form on your behalf. Any Allopathic (MD), Osteopathic (DO), Homeopathic [MD(H)/DO(H)], or Naturopathic (NMD or ND) doctor who is licensed to practice in Arizona – and who has a “physician-patient relationship” with you – may fill out the form. It cannot be from a doctor outside of AZ.

Also, unlike in other states, Arizona does not provide a list of marijuana-recommending physicians; you must consult with a recommending physician on your own behalf, or on the behalf of your caregiver. The recommending physician, however, does not have to be the same physician that made the initial diagnosis of the qualifying condition (see below for the full list of qualifying conditions).

if your general practitioner doctor is not willing to recommend medical marijuana on your behalf, you will have to find another doctor in the state who is (there are many cannabis-specific clinics and doctor’s offices throughout the state).

Of course, you must send over your complete medical records and medical history to the recommending doctor’s office prior to your initial consultation. By law, a doctor’s office must release a patient’s complete medical history within 30 days of their request.

Additionally, in order to get a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of Arizona, you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example with an Arizona ID, passport, or other photo ID that shows proof of residency (such as a bank statement, utility bill, etc).

#Step 2. Complete the Online Application

Once you have obtained the official signed ADHS medical marijuana form from a licensed doctor, you will need to gather the additional documents that you will need in order to complete the online ADHS application.

These documents include:

  • A photo ID: This can be ONE of the following: a valid AZ driver’s license, an AZ identification card, an AZ registry identification card, or a U.S. passport. (*Please note if the driver’s license/identification card is dated before October 1, 1996, it will need to be accompanied by ONE of the following: a birth certificate that verifies U.S. citizenship, a U.S. Certificate of Naturalization, or a U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • A current photograph that is separate from your official photo ID:This must be taken no more than 60 calendar days before the submission of the application, and must be 2” x 2” in size and taken in natural color with a plain white or off-white background, and a front view of the individual’s full face (no hats, headgear etc that obscures the hair or hairline)
  • A completed and signed patient Attestation Form
  • SNAP documentation(this only applies to applicants with an electronic benefits transfer card that demonstrates current participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

*Remember, all of these documents must be accompanied by the physician recommendation form. Also, each document must be scanned and uploaded. PDF format for online submission — hand delivered applications are not accepted. If you have problems or are not tech-savvy, it would be best to consult with a local office supply store like Staples, Office Depot, etc.

#Step 3. Submit Your Application and Wait for Approval

Once the physician’s medical recommendation and all accompanying documents are ready, the next step is to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services and proceed with the medical marijuana online application.

*For patients under 18 years of age, please make sure you choose the relevant form, as there is a separate application for minors. (Also, there is a designated application for caregivers that are registering on behalf of a patient).

For further information, feel free to contact the Arizona Department of Health Services:

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Medical Marijuana Program
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-542-1025

One of the good things about Arizona, compared to other states, is that they seem to have adopted the fact that we’re in the 21st century – you can easily follow up on the status of your medical card application by using their convenient online service.

 

 

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Two cups of coffee or tea a day can enhance your intellectual performance.

Dieticians often instruct to avoid coffee and tea or suggest switching to green tea, but scientific researches on caffeine say something else. Normally people drink coffee or tea to remain alert for longer, but now scientific studies conducted at various research institutes under supervision of different health institutes , doctors and forerunners healthcare review that caffeine enhances the mental performance, if is consumed in the right quantity.

According to reports by healthcare institutes two cups of tea or coffee are good for better intellectual efficiency and alertness. At the same time researches by various forerunners healthcare review that when we enhance caffeine intake beyond a limit, it stops working in a positive way. For example if we make it a habit to have five to six cups of coffee or tea for one week, we start experiencing weariness and feel sleepy despite having many cups of tea or coffee.

As per researches two cups of coffee contain approximately 100 to 200mg of caffeine while a cup of tea consists of around 30 to 60mg of caffeine. When one starts having four to five cups of coffee everyday, the body becomes habitual to 400mg of caffeine everyday therefore coffee doesn’t keep you awake any longer.

As per researchers conducted by nutritionists and different forerunners healthcare review, tea and coffee contain some mood building chemicals that keep the mind a little extra conscious and active. In fact, studies also show that apart from the caffeine, tea and coffee also contain a chemical theophylline that has good medicinal content for asthma patients.

Only tea is the combination of caffeine, theophylline and another chemical named theobromine that is a good mood stimulant and makes your brain secrete a little extra quantity of the chemicals responsible for good memory and quick thinking process. So if you are into some creative profession or highly intellectual field then develop habit of having two cups of coffee or of tea a day to stay in good mood and enhance your proficiency.…

Fast Food Can Turn Your Child Into Type 2 Diabetic

Fast foods have secured such an important place in our routine meals that despite knowing about their bad effects we are helpless in curbing their dominance. Just stop and try to contemplate carefully over your eating habits and you will notice that there is not even a single day when we or our children are not consuming some fast food product whether in the name of small celebrations or evening snacks.

We all know that fast foods contain extra fats and calories in comparison to other food products but now American agricultural institutes and as per various forerunners healthcare review, agree that fast foods lead to type-2 diabetes as well.

Various physicians and forerunners healthcare review that children are more vulnerable to diabetes due to fast foods because their fast food intake is often beyond average.

The scientific researches have proved that fast foods contain several additives to preserve the taste and lock the freshness for longer and most of those additives hinder body’s ability to process sugar. On the basis of various surveys conducted over eating habits among diabetics, many doctors and different forerunners healthcare review 80% of young diabetics are those who consume high quantity of fast foods rather than home made food.

 According to researches, corn sweetener and other sweeteners used in almost every fast food product contain high-fructose that disrupts body’s process of digesting sugar and as a result the fast food enthusiasts directly develop type-2 diabetes. Different forerunners in healthcare sector also agree that the rising number of diabetic patients among children under 12 is also the direct result of fast foods and additives used in various similar food products.

Though healthcare experts also opine that less mobility of body, low participation in vigorous physical activity is also a great reason behind type-2 diabetes among children. So if your child is highly fond of fast food, make sure that he or she burns it well through physical activities instead of following an indolent life style.…

There Are Only Two Kinds of Humans in the World – Obese and Malnourished.

With the new age dormant life styles and presence of certain quantity of pesticides in almost every food product, there is nobody who is absolutely healthy and is not vulnerable to any disease. The continuous researches through the years have shown that now the world has only two kinds of human beings, one who are obese and the second who are malnourished.

As per the continuous studies conducted by various institutes and forerunners health care complaints of diabetes, blood pressure and low immunity are found in everybody and who are not having these complaints are prone to allergies or lack of some nutrient or the other. This is the fact though deniable that due to modern farming techniques and due to the trend of processed and frozen food, nobody is gaining complete nutrition. Some health conscious people though prefer health supplements to overcome the deficiency of nutrition in their routine diet but the argument can not be denied that health supplements have some drawbacks as well.

In the opinion of agriculture institutes, various researchers and forerunners healthcare complaints of malnutrition appear despite one taking health supplements due to low strength of nutrients in the powder form. Actually health supplements are made by drying the nutritious food items and converting them into powdered form. A high quantity of natural nutrients fades away during the drying or pulverizing process.

The health supplements that are made from the fruits found in certain regions only compel manufacturers to add artificial additives to meet the rising demand in the market. As per nutrition experts and various forerunners healthcare complaints among obese people are also largely due to malnutrition that results into de-vitalization of hormones that control appetite and digestion.

Irregular appetite and digestive system are primarily responsible for overeating that leads to obesity but if the body is getting complete nutrition, there is no other reason for irregularity in the digestive system. Whatever the reasons are, the bottom line is that inevitable malnutrition in contemporary food products leads to both obesity and malnourishment…

Those With High Blood Pressure Should Avoid Processed Foods.

The recent researches have shown that the amount of salt is continuously rising in the processed foods available in the market. By consuming processed foods in routine we unknowingly swallow more than the required amount of salt that may be dangerous for those having complaints of high blood pressure.

According to researchers 75% of salt in our daily diet comes from processed foods without even realizing its flavor. Therefore, in opinion of nutrition experts and various forerunners healthcare complaints of high blood pressure can become chronic if one is consuming processed foods in routine. Actually it is required to add a certain quantity of salt to processed foods to maintain their shelf-life for longer.

This is the fact that there is so much of processed food that has now become an inevitable part of our routine diet. The primary processed foods that contain heavy amount of salt include ready meals like biscuits, soups, sauces, breakfast cereals and bread. According to various forerunners healthcare complaints of high blood pressure deteriorate when patients consume high quantity of salt without knowing because bread, sauces and syrups are the foods that we can hardly avoid.

Basically, the salt is added to cereals, sauces and bread to cover up their taste deficiencies. For example, when due to growing demand bread is manufactured in relatively shorter period then it is not fermented for the required time. If manufacturers don’t add salt to improperly fermented bread then it will taste like a paper therefore a certain quantity of salt is necessary for the flavor.

For the similar reasons of taste, the sauces, soups, cheese and cereals contain high quantity of salt. According to research institutes and various forerunners healthcare complaints of major fluctuations in blood pressure despite reduction in salt intake, have drawn attention of medical fraternity towards the quantity of salt in processed foods.

As a result of highlighting the facts about processed foods now many cereal, cheese and bread manufacturing companies have cut down the quantity of salt in these food products. So if you are suffering from high blood pressure then buy processed foods from big brands and never forget about checking the quantity of salt in the ingredients, so that you can balance it with your rest of the meals.…