Regulatory Framework

The Bureau of Marijuana Licensing regulates the commercial production and sales of adult-use and medical marijuana in Arizona [1]. The Bureau is overseen by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)

Legal Status

Market Status Statute Year
Adult-Use Legal Proposition 207, Smart and Safe Act [5] 2020
Medical Legal Proposition 203, Medicinal Marijuana Initiative [14] 2010


Licenses are required to have their own track-and-trace systems [2]. There is no statewide track-and-trace system mandated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) [15].


There are four types of cannabis licenses in Arizona [10].

License Type Description
Marijuana Establishment MEs are permitted for vertical integration including: cultivation, processing, and selling cannabis to consumers. [10].
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Non-profit organization that sells medical cannabis to patients [10].
Social Equity Dispensary A dispensary where at least 51% ownership is held by individuals convicted of or closely related to someone convicted of cannabis-related offenses in Arizona [10].
Testing Laboratory Independently analyze cannabis and medical cannabis products [10].

Possession Limits

Item Possession Limit
Adult-Use Up to one ounce of flower cannabis, five grams of concentrate form, or 12 grams of some combination of the two [6].
Medical Use The "allowable amount of marijuana" varies depending on the patient's condition [6].

Medical Cannabis

Adults over 18 with a physician's recommendation can apply for a medical marijuana card. Minors under 18 with a qualifying condition can obtain medical marijuana through a registered caregiver who is their parent or guardian [12].

Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Arizona include: [11]

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions that cause:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

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