Prop 203 was passed by Arizona voters November 2010. The Medical Marijuana program gets its authority from the Arizona State Legislators ARS 36-2801-19. The program is administered by the Dept. of Health Services under the direction of Director Will Humbolt, Title 9. Health Services, Chapter 17. Dept. of Health Services, Medical Marijuana Program:
R9-17-101 to R9-17-323.
People with certain debilitating medical conditions may choose to use cannabis (marijuana) as an alternative medicine after obtaining a physician certification letter and applying with ADHS to obtain a medical marijuana card, through an online only application process. The Arizona Department of Health Services began issuing patient and caregiver cards April 14, 2011. To date there are 34,000 registered patients statewide and 1800 in the Tri-City area of Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley.
Arizona Department of Health Services held a Dispensary lottery (the store where patients and caregivers purchase marijuana medicine) on August 7, 2012 and issued 98 dispensary licenses of the 487 applicants. Dispensary
owners have until June 7, 2013 to apply to ADHS for permission to operate or lose their license. Dispensaries must be operating a minimum 30 hours a week by August 7, 2013 providing medicine to registered patients and caregivers or lose their license. Patients and Caregivers are able to grow their
medicine until dispensaries are operating. January 2013 Director Humbolt offers reluctant Medical Doctors online training. www.adhs.gov/medicalmaraijuana/physicians