More people from all over Arizona are enjoying the benefits of medical marijuana. To access medical marijuana legally, it is important to make sure you keep your MMJ card updated.
If you don’t renew your MMJ card every year, you won’t be able to make purchases at a state-licensed dispensary. You might also face fines and other legal penalties regarding products you have in your possession. Fortunately, renewing your MMJ card is very straightforward and simple.
How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card
Medical marijuana card renewal requires you to go through the same steps you completed when you acquired your card in the first place. To give yourself plenty of time, you should get started on your renewal no later than 90 days before the expiration of your current card.
To renew your medical marijuana card, you will need to send the following items to the Arizona Department of Health Services:
- A new physician certification, which can be from the same doctor as before
- A new current photograph, which should be no more than six months old
- A new Patient Attestation Form dated with the current date
- Current documentation of your SNAP eligibility with your name on it
- If your name has changed since the last card, you must submit a copy of an ID card
Additionally, you will need to verify with a doctor that you still have a qualifying condition.
Although the process is very involved, getting a medical marijuana card renewal tends to be much faster than getting the original card. If you submit all information with at least 30 days on your current card, you’ll usually have no problem. Still, the sooner you get started – the better!
Certification centers are also available to help qualify and process your application. If you are in need of some recommendations, we are happy to help. Certification centers will require a cost in addition to the state fee.
How Much Does a MMJ Card Cost in Arizona?
Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R9-17-102 establishes the related fees. The fees structure is the same as applying for the original MMJ card. A qualifying patient application costs $150, while qualifying adult patients who are eligible for SNAP have a $75 fee.
A Minor Patient Application costs $350 or $275, depending on SNAP eligibility.
A Designated Caregiver Application costs $200 per patient, regardless of SNAP status.
While there are many reasons to avoid letting your MMJ card lapse, it’s especially important if you have a Designated Caregiver. Once your card goes out of date, all of the Designated Caregiver credentials associated with it will be voided.
The Benefits of Renewing Your MMJ Card
After you’ve renewed your medical marijuana card, you can continue enjoying all the benefits that come along with being an MMJ patient. You will be able to visit reliable medical marijuana dispensaries like Arizona Natural Selections, with locations in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Peoria, and you can get expert advice from MMJ patient assistants. Best of all, a wide assortment of high-quality medical marijuana products will be easily available to you. As a result, you can get the medical treatment you need – whenever you need it.