MJ Consulting LLC | 928-772-2011 | 8540 E. State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ
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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 a person get a patient medical marijuana card?
A state issued patient registry identification card allows a patient to use marijuana as a medicine. Providing they stay law abiding with the AMMA (Arizona Medical Marijuana Act). You can read the Laws and Rules at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana. On the left side of the screen are links to a variety of information, click Statues &Rules.
#1 A person must have one of the 14 medical qualifying conditions: Aids, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Crones disease, glaucoma, Hep- C, HIV, PTSD, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizure disorder, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.
#2 You need to show proof of Arizona residency with one of the following: State issued driver’s license, ID card, photo page in your passport, or last medical marijuana patient ID card.
#3 Ask the front desk staff at your doctors office for a copy of one medical record dated within the past 365 days showing your qualifying medical condition listed above in #1 and a current list of medications you are taking. This can be an office visit and/or last labs if your condition can be confirmed with lab reports such as cancer, Hep-C, etc.
Medicals records to confirm chronic pain are a little different. Chronic means over time (more than 90 days) so ask for a copy of one record dated within 365 days and one record for the same condition dated older than one year. If your pain is less than 90 days your records need to show your pain is expected to become chronic (more than 90 days).
Your doctor office will ask you to sign a records release form. If there is a question “what will these records be used for?” Reply, to get a second opinion or to consult with a natural medicine doctor.
Your decision to add medical marijuana to your wellness plan is your business protected by HIPPA as an authorized State MEDICAL program. It is always best if your doctor is onboard with your decisions but it is not required.
TIP: Only ask for a few records, they are expensive and time intensive to copy and we do not want to cut a forest down providing records for non-qualifying conditions, please. You may have several qualifying conditions but we only need to prove one. Also some doctor offices may want to charge you if you request all your records. To send records doctor to doctor is no charge, call us if you need help obtaining records or have questions on if what you have will work. If your own doctor will complete the required form in #4 there is no need to request copies of records. If you have no current record within the past year or need help finding previous doctors come in and see us.
#4 Next you will need a completed Physician Certification form (required by law).
All doctors who are MD, DO, NP, or HP and have an Arizona license to practice medicine can complete this required form. It can be found and printed at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana click forms. The Arizona laws protect doctors who participate with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program but doctors are not required to participate by completing physician certification forms, therefore most do not. A patient is required to have a doctor participate but doctors are not required to participate, a little awkward. Ask your own doctor if he/she will complete the form for you, perhaps you will be surprised with a yes!
Or you can bring the few records you collected in #3 to a doctor who IS willing to meet with you for the purpose of completing the required form. Our doctors are going to check your vitals, discuss your health history, review your medical records, list of prescriptions, and discuss the benefits and risks of using marijuana as a medicine. The doctor will complete the required physician certification form if she believes in her/his professional opinion you would benefit from marijuana. Most certification centers do not charge if you are not eligible.
#5 Processing your patient application is the final step. The completed Physician Certification form needs to be submitted (uploaded by computer) to the state health dept. along with your current photo, State issued ID, one more required form provided by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services called a patient attestation form, your SNAP card if on food stamps, and your patient application. AZDHS -Arizona Dept. of Health Services requires the entire application process be completed online using a camera, scanner, printer, and computer skills to upload documents-no paper applications are accepted. You can process your application at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana or we can do the process for you.
#6 During the application process in #5 you will be required to pay AZDHS using a Visa or Master card, credit, debit, or prepaid cards only. The State fee is $150 if you are on food stamps it is decreased to $75.
MJ Consulting LLC has a sliding scale fee. All prices include your doctor visit, we take your required photo, scan your documents to the health dept., and complete the application for you.
$150 if we obtain and print your records, $125 you bring/mail your records to us, $115 for SNAP food stamp patients provide your own medical records or + $10 if we get your records, $110 Veterans provide your own records + $10 we obtain your records. Specials are listed in area dispensaries and newspapers.
The Arizona Department of Health Services is the only entity who can approve your application and mail you a patient ID card. By law they have 15 business days from the day they receive your application. It is completed in half that time right now.
MJ Consulting LLC and our doctors are compliant with all HIPPA, record keeping laws, and procedures defined in the AMMA. This article is for information not medical or legal advice.
MJ Consulting LLC
Your “One Stop” Medical Marijuana Community Resource Center and Integrated Health Clinic.
We help take the confusion out of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program.
We are a family owned and operated community center not a dispensary-there is no marijuana at this location.
8540 E. State Rt. 69
Navajo & Hwy 69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314