How do I get an Arizona medical marijuana card?
If you’re a Arizona resident with a qualifying medical condition, you may sign up for the program by obtaining a doctor’s recommendation and registering with the Arizona Department of Health Services. You will receive a Arizona Medical Marijuana Card that allows you to make purchases at your dispensary. Click here to learn more about getting your card.
I have a medical marijuana card from another state. Can I use it to purchase medicine in Arizona?
No, unfortunately not. Only patients who are registered with the AZ Department of Health Services will be permitted to visit dispensaries to purchase medical marijuana. However, AZ law contains a reciprocity clause that allows patients from other states to be in possession of medical marijuana while they are within the state of Arizona.
What should I do if my doctor won’t recommend me?
If you’ve discussed medical marijuana with your doctor and you were unable to obtain a recommendation, send us a message or give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you with a doctor referral.
Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?
No. Program rules already limit the patients allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and patient characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.
How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?
Patients may purchase no more than 2.5 ounces every 14 days, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time.
How do I renew my Arizona medical marijuana card?
Your medical marijuana card must be current in order to make purchases at the dispensary. If your card has expired or will expire soon, we recommend applying for a new card as soon as possible.
The process for renewing your card is very similar to the process you followed previously. You will need the following items:
- Current photo ID
- Updated doctor recommendation
- New photo for your patient ID card
- Updated proof of SNAP eligibility (if applying for low-income registration)
- Updated Patient Attestation Form (available here)
The application fee for renewing your card will remain the same, unless there has been a change in your eligibility for low-income registration. The rate is $150, with a 50% discount for participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Some recommending physicians offer discounted rates for renewing patients, which may help to reduce your cost.
If you have adesignated caregiver, their card will automatically expire on the same date as yours and they will need to submit an updated application as well. The cost of a caregiver renewal is $200. The caregiver renewal application is available here. Please note that your caregiver will need to submit fingerprints by mail to the Department of Health Services as part of their application.
Submitting Your Application
Once you’ve obtained your updated doctor recommendation and prepared your documents, you may submit your new application through the Department of Health Services website by clicking here. Feel free to contact our helpful staff if you need assistance at any stage of the process. SWC appreciates your continued participation in the medical marijuana program and we look forward to your next visit.
What does science say about marijuana for medical use?
Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth. Columbia Care is committed to providing our patients with up to date research and development.
Where does the marijuana come from?
All medical marijuana at SWC is produced in Arizona at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.
Do you have any employment opportunities available?
Do you offer internships?
We are not currently offering internships.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their state-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, patients are greeted by a friendly staff who are trained to answer questions about the medicine and helps the patient make decisions based on the patient’s individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.
Why should I choose SWC as my dispensary?
We could go on and on about how proud we are of our customer service and quality medications offered at great prices, but instead, we will refer to patients on this question. Checkout our patient testimonials to hear what others are saying about SWC.
- Quality: We’re proud to be a dispensary in Arizona that’s also licensed to grow medical marijuana, which enables us to offer the best variety of products and carefully control the quality of our medicine.
- Pricing: We believe patients deserve affordable medicine and we’re committed to offering the best prices available in the State. In addition to our low retail prices, we offer regular sales and specials, as well as discounts for seniors, veterans, and low-income patients.
- Comfort: SWC facilities were carefully designed to create a comfortable experience for our visitors. Our dispensaries feature got wide halls, cozy seating, beautiful plants and art, spacious restrooms, and wheelchair accessibility.
- Customer Service: Our staff is friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable. We work hard to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all our visitors and we’ll do everything we can to make your patient experience a pleasant one.
What are the Dispensary Rules?
To see our complete list of rules, please click here.
What is a caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who provides basic assistance to a medical marijuana patient. This often involves helping the patient obtain and administer their medicine, but can involve any number of other activities in which the patient may require some additional support due to their medical condition. Under Arizona law caregivers are authorized to purchase medical marijuana for the patient from a state licensed dispensary
How do I select a caregiver?
Choosing your caregiver is an important decision. You’ll want to select someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and familiar with your health needs. If you’ve chosen someone to serve as your caregiver, you may appoint them on your application form when you register with the AZDHS. The person you choose will have to complete a caregiver application and receive their caregiver identification card.
Can I change my caregiver?
Yes. You will have to notify the AZDHS that you wish to change caregivers. Your new caregiver will need to apply for an identification card and your old caregiver will have to surrender their identification card.
What are the different types of marijuana?
We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some products can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient’s needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms. Patients can also find strain reviews on our menus on Leafly and Weedmaps. Additional explanations of the many forms of marijuana are discussed in Think You Know MMJ: Think again .
How much marijuana should a patient take?
Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite or sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with suggestions on how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.
Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?
Yes. We have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.
How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?
Patients may purchase no more than 2.5 ounces in any 14-day period, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time.