Apply for an Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed Arkansas medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back! If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas

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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.


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.


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 every two years 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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Cost Information

Below is cost information for getting a Arkansas medical marijuana card through Veriheal. When it's time to renew your card, we'll reach out with an exclusive price.

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Arkansas Cannabis Program - Quick Stats

Total Number of Medical Marijuana Patients:


The number of Arkansans with active marijuana patient cards rose 8.4% in 2023.

Number of Licensed Dispensaries:


Arkansas's dispensaries sell an average of $785,000 in cannabis products a day.

Range of Medical Marijuana Products Available

Dry cannabis flower, tinctures, edibles, extracts, vapes, and suppositories

Arkansas's medical cannabis program permits all formulations of cannabis.

Average Price of Medical Marijuana Products:

$5-$14 per gram

An ounce of medical cannabis in Arkansas can cost up to $400.

Number of Licensed Cultivators and Processors:


Home cannabis cultivation for medical purposes is illegal in Arkansas.

Annual Revenue from Medical Marijuana Sales:

$31 million (2023)

The state’s 38 dispensaries sold 62,227 pounds of medical marijuana in 2023.

About Cannabis in Arkansas

Following a setback last year, Arkansas activists are mobilizing for a renewed push towards a 2024 Marijuana Ballot Initiative. This endeavor goes beyond proposing a constitutional amendment for recreational cannabis use; it seeks to broaden the initiative’s scope by incorporating provisions such as expungement, home cultivation, and industry expansion, aiming to increase accessibility for individuals to enter the cannabis sector.

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 would have been 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:

  • Be 18 years-of-age or older (minor patients may qualify with parental consent)
  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition
  • Have official written certification from a physician
  • Show proof of Arkansas residency

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. 

Available Products

Dispensaries in Arkansas carry a wide variety of products. As of 2022, medical marijuana patients are able to purchase cannabis flower, tinctures, edibles, extracts, vapes, and suppositories.

How to Renew Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card with Veriheal

To renew your Arkansas medical marijuana card through Veriheal, you’ll need to schedule a renewal appointment with one of our physicians. They can confirm that you still need medical cannabis for your qualifying condition and help you with the renewal process. We will remind you when it’s almost time for your renewal appointment, or you can reach out to our Customer Service Department so we can assist you and apply a renewal discount for you.

How Long Does a Medical Marijuana Card Last in Arkansas?

A medical marijuana card is valid in Arkansas for up to one year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get a medical card in Arkansas?

Schedule a consultation with a certified physician through Veriheal. Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application, notify you of your approval, and mail your 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.

Yes, adult-use cannabis is not yet legal in Arkansas. Residents must possess an Arkansas medical cannabis card to purchase from a dispensary.

No, employers in Arkansas are prohibited from discriminating against job applicants based on their status as medical marijuana patients.

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.

To qualify, patients must be 18 or older (though minor patients may qualify with parental consent) with one or more qualifying conditions with official written certification from a physician. Patients also need proof of Arkansas residency.

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

Yes, laws like Act 757 protect the gun rights of medical marijuana patients, allowing them to apply for concealed carry licenses despite federal restrictions.

No, public consumption of medical cannabis is not permitted in Arkansas. Patients with an Arkansas medical marijuana card may consume it only at home.

Dispensaries in Arkansas carry a wide variety of products. As of 2022, medical marijuana patients are able to purchase all types of medical marijuana products such as dry cannabis flower, tinctures, edibles, extracts, concentrates, vapes, and suppositories.

Yes, patients with valid out-of-state medical recommendations and cards can legally purchase medical cannabis in Arkansas. To do so, patients must fill out a visiting patient form and provide proof of their out-of-state medical cannabis registration, which comes with a $50 application fee.

After physician approval, patients must apply with the state and submit a $50, non-refundable fee.

Yes, patients in Arkansas will need to re-certify their license every two years 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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