Medical Marijuana Certification/Recertification

Definition and Certification Information
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) authorizes the legal use and dispensation of medical marijuana in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) enforces the regulations of the AMMA by certifying the legal possession of registry identification cards for qualifying patients.

A TriState Pain Institute physician may recommend medical marijuana for patients with chronic illnesses. As outlined by the ADHS (A.R.S. §36-2801), qualifying patients must have a "debilitating medical condition" certified by their health care provider. Following physician approval, patients must submit a Qualifying Patient Application to the ADHS before medical marijuana can be dispensed.

Qualified patients include adults and individuals under the age of 18. For patients under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be complete an Attestation form when submitting their child's application for a registry identification card.

Renewal Information
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act requires the renewal of registry identification cards annually. To complete the renewal process, patients must go through a series of steps. For more information regarding the certification or recertification process, call Dr. Benjamin H. Venger at TriState Pain Institute today.

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