REFERENCE TITLE: medical marijuana
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Representatives Lawrence, Thorpe: Boyer, Mitchell
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Enacting and ordering the submission to the people of a measure relating to medical marijuana.
(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring:
1. Under the power of the referendum, as vested in the legislature, the following measure, relating to medical marijuana, is enacted to become valid as a law if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:
Amending sections 36‑2801, 36‑2804.06 and 36-2815, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to medical marijuana.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 36-2801, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Allowable amount of marijuana"
(a) With respect to a qualifying patient, the "allowable amount of marijuana" means:
(i) Two-and-one-half ounces of usable marijuana; and
(ii) If the qualifying patient's registry identification card states that the qualifying patient is authorized to cultivate marijuana, twelve marijuana plants contained in an enclosed, locked facility, except that the plants are not required to be in an enclosed, locked facility if the plants are being transported because the qualifying patient is moving.
(b) With respect to a designated caregiver, the "allowable amount of marijuana" for each patient assisted by the designated caregiver under this chapter means:
(i) Two-and-one-half ounces of usable marijuana; and
(ii) If the designated caregiver's registry identification card provides that the designated caregiver is authorized to cultivate marijuana, twelve marijuana plants contained in an enclosed, locked facility, except that the plants are not required to be in an enclosed, locked facility if the plants are being transported because the designated caregiver is moving.
(c) Marijuana that is incidental to medical use, but is not usable marijuana as defined in this chapter, shall not be counted toward a qualifying patient's or designated caregiver's allowable amount of marijuana.
2. "Cardholder" means a qualifying patient, a designated caregiver or a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent who has been issued and possesses a valid registry identification card.
3. "Debilitating medical condition" means one or more of the following:
(a) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, crohn's disease, agitation of alzheimer's disease or the treatment of these conditions.
(b) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
(c) Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the department pursuant to section 36‑2801.01.
4. "Department" means the Arizona department of health services or its successor agency.
5. "Designated caregiver" means a person who:
(a) Is at least twenty‑one years of age.
(b) Has agreed to assist with a patient's medical use of marijuana.
(c) Has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense.
(d) Assists no more than five qualifying patients with the medical use of marijuana.
(e) May receive reimbursement for actual costs incurred in assisting a registered qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana if the registered designated caregiver is connected to the registered qualifying patient through the department's registration process. The designated caregiver may not be paid any fee or compensation for his service as a caregiver. Payment for costs under this subdivision shall not constitute an offense under title 13, chapter 34 or under title 36, chapter 27, article 4.
6. "Enclosed, locked facility" means a closet, room, greenhouse or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a cardholder.
7. "Excluded felony offense" means:
(a) A violent crime as defined in section 13-901.03, subsection B, that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted.
(b) A violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted but does not include:
(i) An offense for which the sentence, including any term of probation, incarceration or supervised release, was completed ten or more years earlier.
(ii) An offense involving conduct that would be immune from arrest, prosecution or penalty under section 36-2811, except that the conduct occurred before the effective date of this chapter or was prosecuted by an authority other than the state of Arizona.
8. "Marijuana" means all parts of any plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, and the seeds of such plant.
9. "Medical use" means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, use, administration, delivery, transfer or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to the administration of marijuana to treat or alleviate a registered qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the patient's debilitating medical condition.
11. 10. "Nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary" means a not-for-profit entity that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, sells or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational materials to cardholders. A nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary may receive payment for all expenses incurred in its operation.
10. 11. "Nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent" means a principal officer, board member, employee or volunteer of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary who is at least twenty-one years of age and has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense.
12. "Physician" means a doctor of medicine who holds a valid and existing license to practice medicine pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or its successor, or a doctor of osteopathic medicine who holds a valid and existing license to practice osteopathic medicine pursuant to title 32, chapter 17 or its successor, a naturopathic physician who holds a valid and existing license to practice naturopathic medicine pursuant to title 32, chapter 14 or its successor or a homeopathic physician who holds a valid and existing license to practice homeopathic medicine pursuant to title 32, chapter 29 or its successor.
13. "Qualifying patient" means a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.
14. "Registry identification card" means a document issued by the department that identifies a person as a registered qualifying patient, registered designated caregiver or a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent.
15. "Usable marijuana" means the dried flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof, but does not include the seeds, stalks and roots of the plant and does not include the weight of any non‑marijuana ingredients combined with marijuana and prepared for consumption as food or drink.
16. "Verification system" means a secure, password‑protected, web-based system established and maintained by the department that is available to law enforcement personnel and nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agents on a twenty‑four hour basis for verification of registry identification cards.
17. "Visiting qualifying patient" means a person:
(a) Who is not a resident of Arizona or who has been a resident of Arizona less than thirty days.
(b) Who has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by a person who is licensed with authority to prescribe drugs to humans equivalent to a physician in the state of the person's residence or, in the case of a person who has been a resident of Arizona less than thirty days, the state of the person's former residence.
18. "Written certification" means a document dated and signed by a physician, stating that in the physician's professional opinion the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient's debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition. The physician must:
(a) Specify the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition in the written certification.
(b) Sign and date the written certification only in the course of a physician-patient relationship after the physician has completed a full assessment of the qualifying patient's medical history.
Sec. 2. Section 36-2804.06, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
36-2804.06. Expiration and renewal of registry identification cards and registration certificates; replacement
A. All A registry identification cards card and registration certificates certificate for a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent or a designated caregiver expire one year after the date of issue. A registry identification card and registration certificate for a qualifying patient expire six months after the date of issue, at which time the qualifying patient shall obtain a new written certification from the patient's physician.
B. A registry identification card of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent shall be cancelled and his access to the verification system shall be deactivated upon on notification to the department by a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary that the nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent is no longer employed by or no longer volunteers at the registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.
C. A renewal nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration certificate shall be issued within ten days of receipt of the prescribed renewal application and renewal fee from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary if its registration certificate is not under suspension and has not been revoked.
D. If a cardholder loses his the cardholder's registry identification card, he the cardholder shall promptly notify the department. Within five days of the notification, and upon on payment of a ten dollar fee, the department shall issue a new registry identification card with a new random identification number to the cardholder and, if the cardholder is a registered qualifying patient, to the registered qualifying patient's registered designated caregiver, if any.
Sec. 3. Section 36-2815, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
A. The department shall immediately revoke the registry identification card of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent who violates section 36-2804.01, subsection D, or section 36-2816, subsection B. The department shall suspend or revoke the registry identification card of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent for other violations of this chapter.
B. The department shall immediately revoke the registration certificate of a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary that violates section 2816 36‑2816, subsections subsection B or C, and its board members and principal officers may not serve as the board members or principal officers for any other registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.
C. Any cardholder who sells marijuana to a person who is not allowed to possess marijuana for medical purposes under this chapter shall have his the cardholder's registry identification card revoked, and shall be subject to other penalties for the unauthorized sale of marijuana and other applicable offenses. A cardholder who sells or transfers marijuana to a person who is under eighteen years of age shall have the cardholder's registry identification card permanently revoked and may be guilty of a class 2 felony pursuant to section 13‑3409.
D. The department may revoke the registry identification card of any cardholder who knowingly violates this chapter, and the cardholder shall be subject to other penalties for the applicable offense.
E. Revocation is a final decision of the department subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6. Jurisdiction and venue are vested in the superior court.
2. The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article IV, part 1, section 1, Constitution of Arizona.