Legal medical industry in Arizona
Certain branches of the Arizona medical field have the privilege and distinction of being legally authorized to recommend medical marijuana to patients. As a new initiative, questions abound as to eligibility requirements and how to best gauge a patient’s need for the medicine. The Arizona Hemp Center is here to answer your questions, provide the latest and most pertinent information, and also offer memberships to link eligible doctors with trusted dispensary owners across the state.
Eligible patients who residents of the state of Arizona are now able to legally purchase medical marijuana to relief the pains caused by any of the 12 debilitating medical conditions specified under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, also known as Proposition 203. Eligible patients can do this by obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card, which requires a recommendation from a eligible practitioner who holds a valid and existing license to practice in one of several fields.
In order to be able to recommend medical marijuana to an eligible patient, the practitioner must hold the title of a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Physician or Homeopathic Physician. Primary Care Physicians , however, cannot recommend medical marijuana in the state of Arizona.
If you qualify as a certified physician, you – just like any other doctor - must also be aware of the renewal requirements for your license to recommend medical cannabis. These requirements are determined by state boards overseeing each field. These boards’ websites are available in the following list:
The boards’ contact details, mission statements and other information is all available via the links above.
It is important to note that alongside the need to renew your license, the Department of Health Services only permits the recommendation of medical marijuana for eligible patients. Recreational use is not allowed, and the department conducts periodical examinations of the recommendations given by physicians. The ADHS will report any unprofessional conduct to the physicians' licensing board.
The department has issued a letter to doctors with some of their expectations. You can review it here.
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