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What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana Laws in Arizona

September 15, 2015

The marijuana plant contains chemicals called cannabinoids, which have been proven effective in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions and the symptoms they cause. In the state of Arizona, the possession of marijuana for medical purposes is legal under certain circumstances. Understanding medical marijuana laws in Arizona and how they may affect you can help you prevent an erroneous charge of drug possession.

Possession Purposes and Limits

Arizona state law limits the amount of medical marijuana an individual may possess at any given time, as well as restricts the medical conditions for which it may be used. An individual may legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana at one time. The use of medical marijuana is approved for qualifying conditions that include Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain syndromes, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures, nausea, and persistent muscle spasms.

Marijuana Dispensation and Cultivation

In addition to restricting the use of medical marijuana, Arizona state law also governs the dispensation and cultivation of this drug. Medical marijuana may be dispensed by state-licensed dispensary facilities on a not-for-profit basis. Patients who live more than 25 miles from the nearest state-licensed dispensary are authorized to cultivate marijuana at home for medical purposes. Home cultivation of medical marijuana is limited to 12 or fewer plants that are kept in an “enclosed, locked facility” to prevent unauthorized or illegal access.

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