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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.
How does the Medical Marijuana Program caregiver card work?
The purpose of the caregiver portion of the program is to allow one individual to legally assist a registered medical marijuana patient with the patients’ use of marijuana specifically. A caregiver can assist up to five registered patients; each requires a separate caregiver card be issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Once a caregiver has been approved and a caregiver card issued by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services the caregiver may purchase, acquire, prepare food or other consumables containing marijuana, have the medicine in their purse, pocket, car, home, and paraphernalia without the patient present. If the patient has been given cultivation authorization by AZDHS the caregiver may also grow up to 12 plants of marijuana for the patient, and possess no more than 2.5 ounces at any one time.
A legal caregiver must have a state issued caregiver card linking the caregiver to one specific patient through the program to be able to charge the patient for the marijuana medicine.
The caregiver is NOT authorized to consume the patients’ medicine unless the caregiver also has his/her own medical marijuana patient card issued by AZDHS.
#1 The caregiver must submit two blue and white finger print cards via mail to AZDHS. A 10 year back
ground check will be conducted for felony offenses before receiving approval.
#2 During the patient application the patient requests a caregiver and lists the designated caregivers
name and address. If the patient wants to add a caregiver to an existing patient card a change needs
to be made to the patient card to request a caregiver.
#3 Once the patient application is approved the caregiver must submit an online only application,
Arizona State issued I.D., a photo that is less than 90 days old, a caregiver attestation, and $200.
A caregiver card is valid for one year from the issue date. Each card looks somewhat like a driver’s license (although it is green) with the caregivers photo, address, date of birth, issue date, expiration date, the caregiver state issued I.D. # and the patient state issued I.D. number.
It is a handy card to have if you have a spouse, or person you provide care for of any kind and medical marijuana is involved in the care. It is your only hope of any legal protection if you have the patients’ marijuana medicine in your possession for any reason and the patient is not with you.
If the registered patient passes away the caregiver can safely dispose of the medicine. If there is not a registered caregiver for the deceased patient, do not try to remove marijuana products from the patients’ home. You will be violating criminal possession laws. Another registered patient can legally remove unused marijuana medicine and paraphernalia.
To read about or to do the process yourself go to www. azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana click caregiver. There are questions and answers also listed there. You will need a computer, scanner, computer camera and skills to resize your photo, a printer, and computer skills to fill in the blanks in the application and scan and upload all required documents, and a credit, debit, or prepaid Visa or Master Card only.
MJ Consulting LLC provides all the services necessary for patients and caregivers including finger printing, photo, application processing, and medication removal. We have doctors on staff to assist patients with certification.
Free classes: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 How to get a medical marijuana patient card
Thursday 4:00-5:00 How to use marijuana as a medicine
Submitted by MJ Consulting LLC
This article is for basic information only. If you have more detailed questions please call 928-772-2011
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