Arizona legalized medicinal use of cannabis for qualifying patients on November 14th, 2010. Patients and caregivers can possess up to 2.5 oz of cannabis, and are allowed to grow up to 12 plants if over 25 miles away from a registered dispensary. This was the third attempt to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona.
The first attempt in 1996 was a ballot measure, Proposition 200, that was rejected by state legislature due to the word “prescribe”. The bill was written as such that doctors would have to “prescribe” medicinal marijuana, which under FDA regulations, wasn’t an approved drug.
The second attempt in 1998 was also a ballot measure, Proposition 105, or the “Voter Protection Act”. This one succeeded, and under the law, legislature could not tamper with any voter initiatives without 2/3 majority of the vote. This gave medical marijuana another chance.
The third attempt that legalized medicinal cannabis in Arizona was approved November 2nd, 2010. The bill allows for terminally and seriously ill patients to receive access to cannabis through doctor approval. The bill also enacted an affirmative defense for patients and caregivers in the program. The bill created a registry of identification cards, as well restricting public use and driving under the influence.