Apply for an Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed Arkansas medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back!

Getting started only takes a few minutes. Simply sign up, answer a few questions, and schedule your appointment. Everything should be this easy.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas

1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in AR through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. If you have medical records for your condition(s), please provide them.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set up. Our team would be more than happy to help.

2CONSULT WITH A MMJ DOCTOR

Consult with a doctor in person for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete and if you are approved, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you for legal cannabis use. Once you have this you can then apply to the state.

Every patient will need to prove Arkansas residency for their application to be accepted by the state of AR.

3GET APPROVED

Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In Arkansas, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 1 year in Arkansas and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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About Cannabis in Arkansas

Like so many U.S. regions, the Land of Opportunity State placed a checkbox on the 2020 November Election ballot asking citizens to vote yes or no on the Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Initiative. If passed, Arkansas will be added to the list of states who first legalized medicinal marijuana before legalizing recreational marijuana. The measure to make cannabis legal came with opposition. In June, KATV reported that the Supreme Court ruled, due to COVID-19 and a lack of canvassers, citizens could sign the petition asking for the ballot question. It worked, with up to 23,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, medicinal cannabis has been allowed in Arkansas since November 2016, when the measure Issue 6 gained 53% approval, specifically for seriously ill patients who are prescribed drugs for chronic pain. Since then, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment has added dozens of conditions to the list of qualifying conditions. 

Qualifying Conditions in Arkansas

There are more than a dozen conditions in Arkansas that make residents eligible for a medical cannabis card and they include:

Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Arkansas Department of Health are also included. Unlike some states that have approved medical cannabis for qualifying conditions, Arkansas allows patients to petition the Department of Health asking for their specific condition to be added to the list. However, not any doctor can certify patients with qualifying conditions. According to state regulations, a “medical provider must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in the state of Arkansas, have a controlled substances license on file with the DEA, be in good standing to practice medicine in Arkansas, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient they are certifying for medical cannabis.”

The state of Arkansas has a payment plan available for prospective patients who cannot afford to cover the cost of the license. The state reports, “we offer a variety of payment methods, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services.” If approved, after a patient’s first appointment, they receive up to 12 months of free follow-ups.

Application Process

According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), prospective patients with medical marijuana in Arkansas may register online with the ADH. A $50, non-refundable fee must be paid by both patients and caregivers. Caregivers are also required to pay $37 for a background check.

To qualify, patients must:

Medical marijuana is not qualified by members of the Arkansas National Guard and the United States Military.

Becoming a Caregiver in Arkansas

As outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health, to be eligible for an Arkansas medical cannabis caregiver card, the applicant must be at least 21-years-old, provide care for the patient or minor, not have a felony conviction, and have a state license or identification card proving a place of residence. A caregiver must pay for their criminal history check that costs $37. However, legal guardians of a minor do not have to complete a Criminal History Check but must pay for the caregiver registry card application fee.

Becoming a certified medical caregiver for cannabis is a great chance for Arkansas nurses and home health care providers to incorporate cannabis into the treatment of patients. The caregiver is permitted to enter, possess, buy and pass medical cannabis from the dispensary to the patient in this position. The caregiver may need to help the patient in some instances with product choice, dosing, journaling, and medical cannabis administration. Patients and caregivers will be able to access laboratory-tested medical cannabis goods that can be titrated and incorporated into traditional therapies, such as chemotherapy, with adequate practice and education.

Pediatric patients’ parents and guardians are needed to become caregivers on behalf of their child. Appointed caregivers, like patients, must also register for an ID card with the Arkansas Department of Health. The caregiver must submit their own information and the patient information they will assist when applying for an ID card. A signed declaration must also be submitted by the caregiver stating that they will not divert marijuana to individuals other than their patient.

Unlike some states, Arkansas also allows a caregiver to hold more than one card for each respective patient they monitor. A caregiver can also hold a medical cannabis license themselves while holding multiple caregiver cards.

Possession and Cultivation Limits in Arkansas

Patients are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis every two weeks, which must be purchased at from a state dispensary listed under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act. Like the patient, a specified caregiver also has permission to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis for the patient they monitor. Caregivers are not legally allowed to consume any medical cannabis prescribed for the patient only. Licensed Nonprofit Cannabis Care Centers distribute medical marijuana to patients in Arkansas. 

According to marijuana laws in Arkansas, those who qualify for a Hardship Cultivation Certificate (based on financial need) may cultivate up to 10 plants. Arkansas enacted Issue 6 in November 2016 with the assistance of 53 percent of voters to legalize medical marijuana. Issue 6, also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, provides a scheme for qualifying patients to grow, acquire and distribute marijuana. Patients must have a written certificate to obtain access to cannabis for medical reasons from a registered physician in the state. Cultivation at home is not allowed.

It is illegal in Arkansas to grow marijuana for recreational, medical or research reasons. In 2017, House Bill 1778 was endorsed by the Arkansas State General Assembly (which ultimately became Act 981), establishing the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act. The legislation developed a study program to explore the hemp production’s environmental and economic potential. It enables the State Plant Board to allow growers to engage in a 10-year study program on industrial hemp.

Visiting Patients

The state of Arkansas allows for visiting patient applications, allowing out-of-state residents that have a certified medical cannabis license to obtain a 30-day card to purchase cannabis. Processing time for an application is 10 to 14 days, so visitors should assure they have ample time to fill out the application for approval before traveling into the state. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a resident of Arkansas to attain a medical marijuana license?

Yes, all applicants must provide a state issued driver’s license or identification card to prove their place or residence or they are not eligible for a card.

The first and most important step is to schedule a physician appointment with Veriheal. All medical records are uploaded and evaluated by the physician and if you are approved, he or she will recommend certification after the appointment.

From start to finish, the physician consultation does no take longer than 15 minutes.

Veriheal has a very high approval rate for medical cannabis licensure. However, if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full.

Arkansas considers chronic pain as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

Dispensaries in Arkansas have slowly begun to open up all over the state. Once you have your Arkansas medical marijuana card in hand, you can shop at a licensed dispensary.

Patients with an Arkansas medical marijuana may consume it only at home. Public consumption is not permitted. Currently, there is no permitted patient cultivation.

Places to Visit in AR After Enjoying Your Medicine

Bordering the Mississippi River, Arkansas boasts the Ozark Mountains, hot springs, wildlife refuge, and nature centers. And those are just some outside activities to enjoy when the season is right. As for nightlife and indoor fun, the state's top cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Fayetteville have endless opportunities for fun and excitement in the three culture-filled mini-metropolises. With dispensaries throughout the historic state, making a trip to pick up medical cannabis can also become a day of adventure. Veriheal picked up some of the top spots to consider visiting when making a trip to the dispensary.

Hot Springs National Park

Some of Earth’s most stunning natural bathhouses in Hot Springs National Park have been bringing visitors to the region for hundreds of years. Hiking trails filled with mountain views, ancient thermal springs and creeks give visitors a glimpse of the rich geological history that took thousands of years to form. Camping is available at the national park, making it possible to turn an afternoon trip into a weekend getaway if time permits.

Buffalo National River

With up to 135 miles of water wonderland, Buffalo National River is a great place to visit. Whether it is floating on the river, or hiking in tree-hidden trails, visitors of the famed waterway can enjoy nature unlike before. Rumor has it, the night sky is something to see at Buffalo National Park, with visitors encouraged to stay in the p.m. and set up camp for some stargazing.

Caverns and Caves

There are several caverns and caves throughout Arkansas waiting to be explored. Cosmic Cavern, War Eagle Cavern, Mystic Caverns, and Old Spanish Treasure Caves are just some spots that visitors can hunt through to experience thousands of years of rock formations surrounding them. Between 7-foot long crystal hallways at War Eagle or tales of hidden Conquistador treasure at Old Spanish Treasure Cave, visitors to any of the several underground earth mazes are sure to be in awe.

Data Last Updated 10/17/2020

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