ARIZONA MARIJUANA LAWS - CANNABIS & HEMP LAWS

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Arizona’s Cannabis and Hemp Laws

Medical

Yes (as of 2010 under Prop. 203)

Legal Personal Possession Weight

The legal personal possession for qualifying medical marijuana patients is 2.5-ounces of dried cannabis flower.

Source

https://norml.org/legal/item/arizona-medical-marijuana

Recreational

No, however, voters will get another chance to make cannabis recreationally legal in the November 2020 elections.

Legal Personal Possession Weight

Without a medical marijuana license, all possession amounts of cannabis are considered felonies.

Source

https://norml.org/laws/item/arizona-penalties

Grow Your Own

Yes; however, you must be a registered medical marijuana patient.

Plant Count

No more than 12 cannabis plants that are at least 25-miles from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

Source

https://norml.org/legal/item/arizona-medical-marijuana

Is Caregiving Allowed

Yes; however, caregivers must be picked by a qualifying medical marijuana patient. There isn’t a specific license for caregiving in Arizona.

Plant Count

Caregivers are allowed to grow up to 12 cannabis plants per qualifying medical marijuana patient.

Weight

Caregivers are allowed to possess 2.5-ounces of dried cannabis flower per qualifying medical marijuana patient.

License Cost

The cost of a medical marijuana card is $150; however, SNAP members may receive medical marijuana cards for $75.

Apply here for a medical marijuana card:

https://medicalmarijuana.azdhs.gov/PatientApp.aspx

Which Organization Manages Licenses?

The Arizona Department of Health Services

Source

https://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php

Vertical or Horizontal Cannabis License for Business

Which Organization Manages Licenses?

https://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php

Total Cannabis License Cost

The total cost of a cannabis license is currently up to $5,000.

Click here for instructions to apply for a Dispensary Approval to Operate certificate:

https://azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/medical-marijuana/dispensaries/Approval-to-Operate-Application-Instructions.pdf

Dispensary License Cost

The total cost of a cannabis license is currently up to $5,000.

Click here for instructions to apply for a Dispensary Approval to Operate certificate:

https://azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/medical-marijuana/dispensaries/Approval-to-Operate-Application-Instructions.pdf

Cultivation License Cost

The total cost of a cannabis license is currently up to $5,000.

The current laws explain that a dispensary license also allows you to cultivate cannabis.

Click here for instructions to apply for a Dispensary Approval to Operate certificate:

https://azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/medical-marijuana/dispensaries/Approval-to-Operate-Application-Instructions.pdf

Transportation License Cost

Click here for instructions to apply for a Dispensary Approval to Operate certificate:

https://azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/medical-marijuana/dispensaries/Approval-to-Operate-Application-Instructions.pdf

However, if you are working for a medical cannabis company, then you must apply for a Dispensary Agent application. Apply here:

https://azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php#dispensary-agent

Disposal License Cost

Currently, there isn’t a specific license for this; however, you will need to apply for a Dispensary Approval to Operate.

https://azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/medical-marijuana/dispensaries/Approval-to-Operate-Application-Instructions.pdf

Lab Testing License Cost

If you wish to become a lab testing entity, then you must apply for a Lab Testing Agent.

Apply here:

https://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/index.php#labs

CBD or Hemp License/Program (Yes or No)

Which Organization Manage Licenses?

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Cultivation License

Click here for an Industrial Hemp Cultivation License:

https://agriculture.az.gov/plantsproduce/industrial-hemp-program/industrial-hemp-license-applications

This application must be completed before the 15th of each month. This license applies to growers, processors, transporters, and harvesters.

Retail License

A Retail License is the same as the Cultivation License:

https://agriculture.az.gov/plantsproduce/industrial-hemp-program/industrial-hemp-license-applications

This license allows you to sell, distribute, or transfer hemp-derived products.

Food License

Currently, there isn’t a specific Food License for hemp-derived products. However, this is considered a grey zone that may require a lawyer to ensure your safety.

FAQs

Where Can You Legally Consume Cannabis in Arizona?

You may consume cannabis legally if you hold a valid medical marijuana card and you consume cannabis within a private residence.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of cannabis in Arizona is considered a serious offense. You will likely be taken to jail if you’re suspected of a cannabis-based DUI.

Can You Transport Marijuana in Arizona?

You may transport marijuana if you are a medical marijuana patient or you are a registered Dispensary Agent. However, if you are neither, carrying cannabis is considered a felony in Arizona.

Can You Export Marijuana from Arizona

Under no circumstances can you export medical marijuana from Arizona.

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