Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back!
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back!
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in AR
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About Cannabis in Arkansas
Cannabis in Arkansas concerns the drug cannabis in Arkansas, United States, where it had been illegal for all purposes since 1923, and possession of small amounts is a misdemeanor crime. A 2012 attempt to legalize medical cannabis failed with a vote of 51.44% to 48.56%, but medical marijuana was legalized in 2016.
The law allows seriously ill patients to obtain and consume medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval, and establishes licenses for state cultivation facilities and dispensaries.
Arkansas is developing a plan that could result in the state’s medical cannabis program launching in early 2019. The state’s program appeared to be derailed for a time when an injunction was issued in March 2018 by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in a ruling that the license award process violated the state’s 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.
The state Supreme Court reversed that decision in June 2018, allowing the state to officially issue the licenses. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has since awarded licenses to five (5) cultivation companies after the injunction was lifted. In August 2018, the commission chose Public Consulting Group to grade more than 200 dispensary applications it has received and chose 32 winners to sell marijuana in Arkansas.
Patients will be able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces, or 70.87 grams, of medical cannabis every 14 days from one of up to 40 state-approved dispensaries for the under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. There are restrictions for pain patients, but the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) can add new conditions.
Where is it safe to purchase?
Dispensaries are not yet open in Arkansas. The state is developing a plan that could result in its medical cannabis program launching in early 2019.
Where is it safe to consume?
Arkansas medical marijuana patients may only consume in their home. Consumption in public is not allowed.
No patient cultivation is currently allowed.
Qualifying Conditions in Arkansas
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe arthritis
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Intractable pain, or pain that has shown not to respond to ordinary medical treatments or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe nausea
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Prospective medical marijuana patients in Arkansas can register with the Arkansas Department of Health online. Both patients and caregivers must pay a $50, non-refundable, fee. Caregivers must also pay $37 for a background check.
To qualify, patients must be:
- 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
Members of the Arkansas National Guard and United States Military do not qualify for medical marijuana.
Becoming a Caregiver in Arkansas
According to Arkansas state law and regulations, a medical cannabis patient is allowed to have a caregiver. In this role, the caregiver is allowed to enter a dispensary, possess, purchase and transfer medical cannabis from the dispensary to the patient. In some cases, the caregiver may need to assist the patient with product selection, dosing, journaling, and administering of medical cannabis.
Becoming a licensed medical cannabis caregiver is an excellent opportunity for Arkansas nurses and home health care providers to integrate cannabis into a patients’ therapy. With proper training and education, patients and caregivers will be able to access lab-tested medical cannabis products that can be titrated and integrated into traditional therapies, such as chemotherapy.
The Arkansas program already has pediatric patients registered and awaiting dispensaries to open. Parents and guardians of pediatric patients are required to become caregivers on their child’s behalf.
Similar to patients, designated caregivers must also register with the Arkansas Department of Health for an ID card. When applying for an ID card, the caregiver must submit their own information and the information of the patient they will be assisting. The caregiver must also submit a signed statement that they will not divert marijuana to people other than their qualifying patient.
A caregiver must be above the age of 21 (unless they are a parent of a qualifying patient) and have not been convicted of certain felony offenses.
Possession and Cultivation Limits
- Possession: Up to 2.5 oz. of usable cannabis.
- Cultivation: Those who qualify for a Hardship Cultivation Certificate (based on financial need) may cultivate up to 10 plants.
- Dispensaries: Nonprofit Cannabis Care Centers will be licensed to distribute medical marijuana.
With the support of 53 percent of voters, Arkansas passed Issue 6 in November 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. Issue 6, also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, establishes a system for the cultivation, acquisition, and distribution of marijuana for qualifying patients. Patients must have a written certification from a licensed physician in the state to acquire access to cannabis for medical purposes. Home cultivation is not permitted.
The cultivation of marijuana for recreational, medical, or research purposes is illegal in Arkansas.
In 2017, the Arkansas State General Assembly approved House Bill 1778 (eventually became Act 981), creating the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act. The law created a research program to investigate the agricultural and economic potential of hemp production. It allows the state’s Plant Board to license growers to participate in a 10-year industrial hemp research program.
Places to Visit in AR After Enjoying Your Medicine
Culturally rich and endowed with abundant natural resources, Arkansas offers a blend of historical and natural attractions. The southern U.S. state of Arkansas is bordered by the mighty Mississippi River and is a favorite holiday destination for outdoor enthusiasts who come to take advantage of the numerous parks and wilderness areas.
Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains and surrounded by the natural hot springs from which its name derives, Hot Springs is an enticing holiday destination offering a diverse selection of attractions. The town has had a chequered past, which history buffs can learn about on a tour of the Gangster Museum of America and the 1888 Victorian Bath Houses on Bathhouse Row (where you can still soak in the natural hot water).
Families can have hours of fun at the Magic Springs Water and Theme Park or jump aboard a National Park Duck Tour or a Belle of Hotsprings Riverboat tour. Art lovers can go on the First Friday Art Walk through the Hot Springs Fine Arts District to visit dozens of galleries and studios, while nature lovers can enjoy fishing and water sports at Lake Ouachita State Park.
Arkansas’ capital city Little Rock is an ideal vacation destination for the whole family, offering an excellent selection of attractions for all tastes and ages. History buffs will find plenty to see, including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the Little Rock High School National Historic Site (a significant site in the Civil Rights struggle), and the Old State House Museum.
If you love historic architecture, you can take a stroll through historic Quapaw Quarter and art lovers can immerse themselves in the vibrant arts scene by visiting the Arkansas Art Museum and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra or by watching a Broadway show. There are many family-friendly attractions, including a ride on the River Trail Trolley, a visit to Little Rock Zoo, and the wonderful interactive Museum of Discovery.
The central Arkansas town of Bentonville was first established in 1836 and is probably best known as the headquarters of retail giant Walmart. In addition to visiting the interesting Walmart Museum, a stroll through the city will lead you to many other historic attractions such as the Bella Vista Historic Museum, the Museum of Native American History, and the beautifully preserved Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.
Art lovers will find themselves surrounded by public art installations while a visit to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a feast for the senses. The city is particularly well endowed with cycling routes and trails and there are several surrounding lakes and parks that cater to hikers and water sport enthusiasts.