In the state of Arkansas, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana law, as per the Medical Marijuana Amendment (PDF). A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Arkansas
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease,
- Hepatitis C
- Muscle spasms (severe or chronic)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nausea (severe)
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Intractable pain
Information about the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their designated ‘Approved Caregiver’.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Arkansas and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.
- If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.
- The patient must obtain an evaluation from a certified practitioner within the state, and be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions listed above. The patient will need to obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Arkansas.
- The patient must be diagnosed with at least one of the qualifying conditions marijuana for Arkansas. After the patient has received a recommendation from their physician, they must register as a patient and submit an application for an Arkansas Medical Marijuana ID Card in order to be approved for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program. You must submit your application with the Patient Registry.
* You must pay the application fee of $50
- If the application is approved, the patient will receive an email from the Arkansas Department of Health Services, informing them of the approval. The Medical Marijuana ID Card (Registry ID) will be mailed to the address as listed in the patient application.
Once you have received your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you will be able to purchase approved Medical Marijuana products within the state.
* Please note: U.S Military and National Guard are prohibited from obtaining a Registry ID card from the Arkansas state authority.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Arkansas
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
- Only qualified patients or designated caregivers may obtain no more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana during a two-week (14) day period, and must do so at an approved nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.
For more information, please visit Arkansas Department of Health Medical Marijuana law.