Medical Marijuana Laws in Arkansas
- 2012 – Issue 5
– Arkansans for Compassionate Care campaign to legalize medical cannabis, putting up the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act (Issue 5). The act was defeated by a vote of 48.6% to 51.4%. Many believe this is because Issue 5 permitted patients to grow their own cannabis if they lived further than 5 miles from their nearest dispensary, and allowed
- 2016 – Ballot Measure Issue 6
Medical marijuana is legalized in Arkansas.
Prohibits the Arkansas Legislature from making marijuana illegal again without voter approval.
Also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment.
An amended Issue 7 was proposed, allowing for Arkansas patients to grow their own cannabis plants, and would have been permitted to make medical marijuana illegal again with a two-thirds supermajority vote in each legislative chamber. Issue 7 was struck from the ballot.
- 2017 – Applications for medical marijuana registration are being accepted.
Telehealth for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas
Telehealth for medical cannabis was briefly made legal in Arkansas after emergency legislation was passed during Covid-19. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, and you must once again see a physician in-person for an initial consultation before you can be certified for medical cannabis.
Telehealth for Cannabis in Arkansas
Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Akansas. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Arkansas
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- HIV/AIDS (Positive Status)
- Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
- Severe Arthritis
- Severe, Chronic and Intractable Pain (pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months)
- Severe Nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Ulcerative Colitis
Medical Marijuana for Minors in Arkansas
You must be aged 18 or over to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself in Arkansas. Those aged under 18 may apply as a minor, but will need a caregiver. In order to qualify for a caregiver mmj card in Arkansas, you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- The individual you are providing care for must be physically disabled or a minor.
- Have not been convicted of an excluded felony offense.
- Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency (AR Driver’s License or AR State ID card).
- Have not been convicted of a crime involving violence or violation of controlled substance laws.
- State law prohibits members of the Arkansas National Guard and United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.
There are no accommodations on medical marijuana on school grounds. Using medical cannabis is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school.
Cannabis Possession Limits in Arkansas
For medical card holders only – 2.5 oz. every 14 days.
Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Arkansas
Unfortunately, growing and cultivating cannabis is illegal in Arkansas, even if you are a qualifying medical marijuana patient. It is thought that the provision to grow cannabis is one of the big sore points in Arkansas medical marijuana law, and prevents it from going further.
Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws
According to Section 3 of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, a qualifying Arkansas medical marijuana patient can not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty for the use of medical marijuana. If you have a medical marijuana card, you will not be terminated if you test positive for THC as long as you are not impaired at work. Those working in federal employment or with vulnerable people cannot test positive for marijuana.
Medical Cannabis Qualification, Gun Laws and Convictions
Under federal law, it is still illegal to own or purchase firearms in combination with possession of marijuana.
A person convicted of a felony involving violence or the violation of controlled-substance laws within the past 10 years can not serve as a caregiver or work in the medical marijuana industry.
Local Cannabis / Marijuana Laws in Arkansas
Some cities in Arkansas have reduced the penalties associated with possession of low amounts of cannabis, effectively decriminalizing it to some extent.
- 2006 – Eureka Springs residents voted 64%–36% to make enforcement of cannabis laws the lowest police priority.
- 2008 – Fayetteville residents approved a similar initiative to the one made by Eureka Springs by a 62–38 margin.