How to Legally Grow Marijuana in Arizona
Chitral Hays -- not his real name -- is Jackalope Ranch's resident expert on medical marijuana in Arizona. In Perfectly Blunt, Hays delivers news, reviews, and must-know info.
Now that you're a card-carrying medical marijuana patient, you'd probably like to try your hand at growing your own weed, like our neighbors in Colorado, California, and Washington can. Well, hold on a sec. There are a few rules you need to consider before you can legally grow marijuana in Arizona, the most important stipulation being you must live more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary. Seeing as 95.2 percent of Arizonans are within that range (you can check a map here), it's not likely that you'll be able to do this. However, if you are outside those boundaries or you're just, uh, curious about what the state's grow-it-yourself guidelines are, here's how to get started growing your own ganja.
Once you have permission, you need to figure out where you're going to cultivate your marijuana. It can't just be out in your garden -- it will need to be in a locked, enclosed area that's away from public view. That could either be a greenhouse, a shed or a one-inch thick gated enclosure with 10-foot walls made with solid metal or concrete. Next, you gotta figure out how to get seeds. The Health Department refuses to "advise anyone on where to obtain the means to grow marijuana," but a farmers market, as we've already covered, is a good bet.
If you can make it through all this red tape, your determination is truly admirable.