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AR Marijuana Qualification

Updated on June 15, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Qualification

Patients in Arkansas diagnosed with one or more of the following “debilitating medical conditions”, are afforded legal protection under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment:

  • AIDS (Positive Status)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Intractable Pain (Pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • HIV (Positive Status)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures (Including Epilepsy)
  • Severe and persistent Muscle Spasms including without limitation those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Severe Nausea
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. To qualify for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas, patients must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. If under eighteen (18) years of age, the minor patient must have parental consent.
  2. Patients must be a resident of Arkansas and provide proof of residency through a valid Driver’s License or valid State Identification Card.
  3. Patients must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition (listed above).
  4. Patients must have an official written Certification from the qualified physician.
  5. Patients must then submit an application for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (Medical Marijuana Card). Patients can submit applications online here or mail the application to Arkansas Department Of Health Medical Marijuana Section 4815 West Markham Slot 50 Little Rock, AR 72205
    • The Application Fee is $50.00 and Non-Refundable.
  6. If the application is approved, the state will notify the approved patient and mail the Identification Card to the address listed in the application.
  7. State Law prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard & United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.

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How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Arkansas

1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age.

2. Patients must be a legal Arkansas Resident with a valid Arkansas I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have an Arkansas I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.

3. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment – *Learn how to request your medical records

4. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Arkansas

5. All patients will be required to register with the Department of Health, details will be provided once the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program has been fully implemented by the DOH.

6. * Please note: It will take several months for the DOH to prepare the AMMP for operation, however, patients may begin the process by establishing a bonafide doctor-patient relationship with a licensed marijuana doctor now, in efforts to allow patients early access to the medicine once it becomes available.

Arkansas Department of Health
*4815 W. Markham St., Slot 50
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 1-833-214-8619
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program

Medical Marijuana Access in Arkansas

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Arkansas possession regulations allow patients to possess no more than 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana in a 14-day period.

While Arkansas is more progressive than most Southern states in allowing the possession of weed for medical purposes, advocates were discouraged in April 2017 due to the passing of a bill that would implement further taxes on medical cannabis, impacting Arkansas medical marijuana qualifications. Supporters of the bill said the additional money would be needed in order to implement the medical marijuana program, while critics argued it would only serve to make it more costly for patients to access cannabis.

It is estimated the bill, which would impose an additional tax of 4 percent, would raise the total amount of taxes levied on medical cannabis to 25 percent for patients. The bill was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017, the same day the state will start to accept applications from companies wanting to establish both dispensaries as well as cultivation facilities.

Another development that concerned medical marijuana qualifications in Arkansas concerned the process for awarding licenses to cannabis-related businesses. In November 2016, voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which not only legalized medical weed but also allowed for the opening of as many as eight cultivation facilities as well as up to 40 dispensaries.

Many critics of the rules note dispensary applicants have to enter a lottery in order to present their business plans to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. In addition, critics are concerned dispensary applicants who wish to also cultivate plants must pay a $25,000 fee. Dispensaries that do not cultivate weed must only pay a $2,500 fee.

As a result, critics say access to cannabis would be limited. They believe the fee would make it hard for patients suffering from certain conditions to purchase specific strains they may need in order to alleviate their symptoms.

Go to our section on obtaining a medical marijuana card in Arkansas for more information on how to access medicinal cannabis in the state.

Learn more about qualifying for medical marijuana in Arkansas. Get info on qualifying conditions and find local doctors at Marijuana Doctors.

4 Tips for Applying for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas

Navigating the world of medical marijuana can be confusing, even in Arkansas. You need to understand where to get a certification, how to find a licensed physician who can provide you with said certification, and how to apply for a medical cannabis card in the first place.

Don’t worry, the Sanctuary is here to help! Here are four of our best tips for applying for medical marijuana in Arkansas.

#1: Ensure You Have a Qualifying Condition

To obtain a medical marijuana card in Arkansas, you will have to have a qualifying condition approved by the state to be treated with medical marijuana. Licensed physicians can only certify a medical marijuana patient if they have a qualifying condition, so it is important to ensure that your condition is on the list.

See a full list of Arkansas’s qualifying conditions. If you don’t see your condition on this list, don’t worry — the ADH may also approve other conditions, but you will need to make your case first.

#2: Contact a Reliable Physician

Before you can apply for a cannabis card, you will need a written certification with a licensed Arkansas physician. After you receive the certification, your physician will need to complete a form to submit with your application.

The Arkansas Department of Health does not require physicians to receive a specific license to prescribe medical marijuana. You will simply need to visit a doctor licensed to practice in the state of Arkansas.

It can be difficult to find the right physician, but the Sanctuary can help. We can connect you with a licensed Arkansas physician who can evaluate your qualifying condition and provide you with the documentation you need to apply for your cannabis card.

#3: Double Check All Personal Information

It’s easy to misspell an address, make a typo in your birth date or Social Security number, or forget to check a box when applying for an Arkansas cannabis card. However, these mistakes could delay your application, taking longer than the usual 14 days for you to receive your card approval.

Before you submit your application, read it carefully and double check that all of your information is correct.

#4: Remember the Program Fee

Some medical marijuana applicants get a doctor’s certification, fill out all the necessary forms, and are ready to submit before they encounter one final issue: they forgot about the program fee.

It costs $50 to apply for an Arkansas medical marijuana card, and you will need to include your payment with your online application. You can pay your fee via debit or credit card.

After you pay and submit your documents, all you need to do is wait — and upon approval, you can print your cannabis card and purchase medical marijuana at any Arkansas dispensary!

Contact the Sanctuary for Your Arkansas Cannabis Card Needs

Looking for help navigating the Arkansas medical marijuana process? The Sanctuary Wellness Institute offers evaluations from licensed Arkansas medical marijuana doctors who can evaluate your qualifying condition and issue you the certification necessary to apply for a cannabis card.

Contact us today to schedule your evaluation. As always, our friendly staff are available to answer any questions you may have.

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