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AR Marijuana Dispensary Guide

Arkansas Regulated Cannabis Program overview

Type of program: Medical only

Qualifying medical conditions for an Arkansas marijuana card

In order to qualify for an Arkansas medical marijuana card patients must be diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions:

Patients suffering from medical conditions not on this list may petition the department of health to add the condition. After a hearing, the department shall approve or deny a petition within one hundred (120) days of submission of the petition.

Dispensary Menu products available in Arkansas

Arkansas medical marijuana dispensaries are permitted to sell dried flower, cannabis concentrates, vape cartridges, edibles, topicals, and other cannabis-infused products.

Purchase and possession limits

Qualified patients with an Arkansas medical marijuana card are permitted to purchase up to 2.5 ounces from a state-licensed dispensary every 14 days.

Delivery

Home delivery of medical marijuana is available at some dispensaries in the state of Arkansas. Call your local dispensary for details.

Get certified for medical marijuana

Arkansas medical marijuana doctors

In order to become certified to write medical marijuana recommendations, a healthcare provider must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in the state of Arkansas. They must also have a controlled substances license on file with the DEA and be in good standing to practice medicine in Arkansas.

How to get an Arkansas medical marijuana card

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In order to apply for an Arkansas medical marijuana card, patients must receive a written certification from a state-licensed medical marijuana doctor with whom they have a bona fide physician-patient relationship. 

Patients have 30 days from the date of the written certification to apply for an Arkansas medical marijuana card. The recommendation must be submitted with the application along with a photocopy of an Arkansas driver’s license or state ID.

Applications are processed within 10 to 14 days. Once approved, a physical card will be mailed automatically to the applicant. Cards will not be sent over email, however, patients that applied online can log on to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana System and print a copy of their card.

Arkansas medical marijuana cards are valid for one year from the date of issue OR for an amount of time designated by the patient’s physician. Patients are advised to renew their cards no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date. However, patients may still submit a renewal application after a card has expired.

To renew online patients will need an updated Physician Written Certification, a recent copy of their Arkansas driver’s license or identification card, and a credit/debit card. To renew by mail patients need to submit a Patient Registry Application, updated Physician Written Certification, a recent copy of their Arkansas driver’s license or identification card, plus a check/money order for $50 for patient applications and $87 for caregiver applications.

Fees

There is a non-refundable $50 application and renewal fee for both medical marijuana patients and caregivers. Caregivers are also required to pay a fee of $37 for a criminal background check.

Age limits

Qualified patients under 18 years of age may qualify for an Arkansas medical marijuana card but must assign a legal guardian or parent as a caregiver.

Caregivers

Qualifying patients may designate a caregiver to purchase and administer medical marijuana on their behalf. 

Caregivers may serve more than one patient and are required to apply for a registry card and pay a $50 fee for each patient. The card allows the caregiver to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana on behalf of each patient being served. 

Complete the designated caregiver application here.

Telemedicine

Pennsylvania allows patients to obtain medical marijuana cards via telemedicine. However, not all doctors will agree to a video conference examination. 

Patient Privacy

All information received and records kept by the Arkansas Department Health Medical Marijuana Section are subject to all applicable federal privacy laws, are confidential and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and are not subject to disclosure to any individual or public or private entity, except as necessary for authorized employees of the department to perform official duties for the medical marijuana program. Law enforcement will have the ability to confirm only the validity of an ID card.

Arkansas marijuana laws

Transporting cannabis in Arkansas

Medical marijuana may be transported within state lines, only by the patient or designated caregiver, and must only be at or under the amount of the 30 day supply allotted. If transporting marijuana in a car, it should remain in the trunk or in a sealed container, out of reach.

Public consumption laws in Arkansas 

The use of medical marijuana is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, in any correctional facility, in any motor vehicle, in a private residence used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises and in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. 

This includes all parts of buildings owned in a whole or in part, or leased, by the state or local unit of government. It does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care, or other similar social service care on the premises. 

Using medical marijuana is also prohibited in a health care facility or any other place where smoking is prohibited by the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18.

Home cultivation

Arkansas medical marijuana patients and caregivers are not permitted to grow their own cannabis plants at home.

Reciprocity

Medical marijuana patients visiting from another state may apply for a temporary Arkansas medical marijuana card valid for 30-days. There is a $50.00 non-refundable fee. 

Click here and apply using the Visiting Patient application form.

What Is Medcard Reciprocity?

Workplace laws

Under Arkansas medical marijuana laws, an employer “shall not discriminate against an applicant or employee in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize an applicant or employee, based upon the applicant’s or employee’s past or present status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver.”

Arkansas marijuana and guns

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Marijuana, medical or otherwise is still categorized as an illegal Schedule I Controlled Substance on a federal level. This law makes it illegal for anyone in the state of Arkansas to purchase guns or ammunition if they also consume any marijuana products.

Learn more about medical marijuana and guns ownership.

Marijuana-related DUI laws in Arkansas

Driving under the influence of marijuana in the state of Arkansas could result in the same harsh penalties as alcohol-related offenses.

Arkansas hemp and CBD laws

The state of Arkansas allows the sale, possession, and consumption of all hemp-derived CBD products. These CBD products can be purchased online or at local shops in the state.

Learn more about Arkansas hemp and CBD laws.

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