Can a Snowbird Get a Medical Marijuana Card?

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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. This week he's answering one reader's MMJ question.

I own a second home in AZ. Can a snowbird get a medical marijuana card? Thanks for your help. One more question - will a passport work in lieu of an AZ drivers license? - Dan E.

Hi, Dan. Thanks for your question. The answer is yes. Many out-of-state patients are able to obtain and use medical marijuana in Arizona.

See also: Your Guide to Arizona's Medical Marijuana Farmers Market

First, you will need an Arizona driver's license -- a passport won't suffice. If you have proof of residency, it shouldn't be difficult to obtain. The MVD will issue you a card.

To qualify for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, you need to have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, seizures, epilepsy, severe nausea, ALS, Crohn's disease, or Alzheimer's disease. After you've been diagnosed, you'll need a recommendation from a doctor.

Once you have a recommendation, you'll need to apply for Arizona's version of the MMJ card, as only patients with medical marijuana cards issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services can buy weed at dispensaries in this state.

To apply for a card, you'll need your Arizona driver's license, proof of residency, and the doctor's recommendation. For more details on how to do that, see the four-step guide to getting a medical marijuana card in Arizona.

If you are approved, you'll receive your card by mail. Read over the rules and guidelines that come with your card. Even if you have a medical marijuana card from another state, you are subject to Arizona's laws while you're in Arizona. For example, while the legal limit for the amount of cannabis you can carry is 24 ounces in Washington, in Arizona that limit is 2.5 ounces every two weeks.

Take care,
Chitral H.

Have a question? Send it to chitral.hays@gmail.com.

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Nick A Thomas
Nick A Thomas

Well he sent a snow bird to the Farmer market which has very high prices and is under investigation I am very sure of, I know of 3 people who got busted out of there.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

You can also go to your doctor and lie about back pain and get all kinds of fun pills. Or lie about having trouble concentrating and get Adderall. Doesn't negate the system just because some people cheat. And let's not fool ourselves any longer, pharmacists have always been drug dealers and nothing more.

Keith Showalter
Keith Showalter

Whos the hater always bashing on snowbirds? Always bashing on government officials for hatred yourselves, yet yall do the same damn thing. I'm from south east Ohio and you Nancy's wouldn't last one week there.

Gonzo Grow
Gonzo Grow

Keep your out a state Dr recommendation, its valid here, if you get the az card anytime you give LEO your I'd your mmj card info comes up. No such thing as hippa in az for the 203 card. You just won't be able to hit up a state pot shop and buy a $400 oz,

Justin Covert
Justin Covert

Article says that you need az id but really you can use a US passport also if you dont have az id. Call 480-966-6537 for The marijuana doctor of Tempe/PHX

Stephanie Nyman
Stephanie Nyman

Yeah the right doctor will give a bunch of able bodied housewives extremely additive pain pills too!

Ekatherine Matthews
Ekatherine Matthews

Anyone can get a card if they know the right doctor...apparently a lot of young able-bodied men in Phoenix found the right doctor......

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