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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas

Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Book an appointment with a certified physician.

  2. Attend your appointment and get a recommendation.

  3. Get qualified for medical cannabis by attaching it to a completed application form

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • 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 (TS)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Look at Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laws

2016 – Medical marijuana is legalized, allowing patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis on their person over a 14 day period.

2017 – Applications for medical marijuana registration are being accepted.

Applicants for a medical marijuana card must be aged 18 or over if they are applying for themselves.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

Patients must be aged 18 or older to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. However, anyone aged under 21 cannot consume herbal forms of cannabis. Using herbal cannabis is not permitted in front of pregnant women or a child aged 14 or under.

Dispensaries cannot provide cannabis-infused food or drink items that measure above 10 mg of THC.

Dispensaries are not operational as of yet. Regulators will license up to 32 dispensaries (maximum 40) and up to 5 marijuana cultivators (maximum 8).

For those without a valid medical marijuana card, possession of less than 4 ounces is a crime, and may bring with it incarceration for up to 1 year and/or a fine of $2,500 for a first offence. Subsequent offences will bring significantly more incarceration time and/or a higher fine. Penalties for hash and concentrates are the same as they are for marijuana flower.

Can I get an Arkansas medical marijuana certificate online?

Arkansas has recently expanded its telemedicine services, meaning that it is now possible to qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation online via telehealth. This may be here to stay, but this may change again in the future.

Can a qualifying Arkansas medical marijuana patient grow cannabis?

Qualifying Arkansas medical marijuana patients may grow up to six cannabis plants, with a maximum of three mature cannabis plants.

Does Arkansas have medical marijuana reciprocity?

Yes, to a limited extent. Limited reciprocity is available to 'visiting qualifying patients'. In order to qualify, the patient: (1) must not be a resident of Arkansas (or has resided in Arizona for less than 30 days), (2) must have been diagnosed with a medical condition recognized under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, and (3) must possess a medical marijuana registration card or its equivalent that was issued pursuant to the laws of another state. The out-of-state registration card has the same force and effect as a card issued in Arkansas except that the visiting qualifying patient may not necessarily purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Many patients in Arkansas use their card to apply for a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma, too.

How long does it take to get an Arkansas medical marijuana card?

It can take between 7 and 30 days to get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas.

How much does an Arkansas medical marijuana card cost?

There is a $150 physician's fee for an examination, subject to change. The application fee, payable to the state, is $50.

How old do I have to be to get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana in Arkansas?

Alzheimer’s disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Arthritis (severe)
Cancer
Crohn’s disease
Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma
Hepatitis C
HIV/AIDS
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Tourette’s syndrome
Ulcerative colitis
Cachexia/wasting syndrome
Peripheral neuropathy
Intractable pain that doesn’t respond to any other treatment
Severe nausea
Conditions that cause seizures, e.g. epilepsy
Conditions that cause severe or persistent muscle spasms, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS)

What documents do I need to apply for a MMJ card in Arkansas?

Valid ID from the state of Arkansas. Driver’s licence, passport or state-produced ID card - patients must be a resident of Arkansas.

Proof of address - bank statement, utility bill, correspondence with a state department.

Medical records - progress notes, list of medications, medical images.

What is the medical marijuana possession limit in Arkansas?

Qualifying patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces every 14 days in Arkansas.

More Medical Cannabis Laws, Arkansas

Whilst this is not unique to Little Rock in Arkansas, here's some more information about the laws dispensaries and medical cannabis patients have to be aware of ...

 

Act 740 prohibits the smoking of marijuana in any place where smoking tobacco is prohibited, in the presence of a child under age 14 or a pregnant woman, in a motor vehicle, and in a place where it could affect a person not authorized to use marijuana. Act 740 also bans anyone under age 21 from smoking medical marijuana, although those aged 18 or over may still qualify from non-smokeable preparations.

 

Act 1023 prohibits dispensaries from using vending machines and prohibits marijuana use at dispensaries and cultivation facilities. Act 1023 requires all packaging at dispensaries and cultivation facilities to be childproof. It also limits food or drink combined with marijuana to contain no more than 10 milligrams of active THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Adding to this is Act 640 banning advertising, marketing, packaging, and promotions that would appeal to children, including artwork, building signage and product design.

 

Act 1935 allows public schools to prevent students from attending school or school events if it believes the student is impaired by medical marijuana.

 

Act 479 by Rep. Trevor Drown, R-Dover, banned members of the Arkansas National Guard or the United States military from being qualifying patients or designated caregivers and banned the use of the drug on property controlled by the National Guard or the military.

 

Employers are not prohibited from implementing substance abuse or drug-free workplace policies, including drug testing. Employers can reassign, suspend or terminate employees or refuse to hire them if they suspect cannabis use.

 

Senate Bill 238 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, would have delayed the legalization of medical marijuana in Arkansas until it was legal in the United States, but this Bill didn't go through. Senate Bill 333 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, would have made it illegal for anyone except qualifying patients and designated caregivers to combine marijuana with food and drink, and effectively stopped dispensaries and manufacturers from selling their own edibles.

 

Act 5 by House, removed the amendment’s requirement that physicians certify that the benefits of the drug for qualifying patients potentially outweighed the risks. The bill was signed into law Jan. 24 after House argued that the original language would have left many physicians unwilling to prescribe the drug because there is no accepted medical standard regarding marijuana’s efficacy - it is, after all, federally illegal and many governments the world over have stated similarly, even if they make medical cannabis products anyway!

 

So, as you can see, Arkansas generally is not very cannabis-friendly!

 

 

Medical Cannabis in Little Rock, Arkansas

Leafwell MD Online Medical Cannabis Doctors in Little Rock, Arkansas - Telehealth

 

You can speak to an Arkansas-qualified physician online via Leafwell's very own telehealth platform.

 

Address: 7303 Kanis Rd, Little Rock, AR 72204, USA

Phone: +1 (800) 660-9085

 

If you're from another state, you may apply to be a "visiting qualifying patient". If approved, a visiting patient may purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas for a 30-day period, per application.

 

Unfortunately, legislation passed in 2017 prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard and United States Military from obtaining a qualified patient or designated caregiver registry ID card.

 

In Little Rock as in any part of Arkansas, using medical cannabis is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, in any correctional facility, in any motor vehicle, in a private residence used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises and in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. Private residencies are not considered public, unless they are licensed to provide social or child care.

 

The Clean Indoor Act of 2006 prohibits the use of medical marijuana anywhere where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

 

Medical cannabis can now be delivered in Little Rock and many other places in Arkansas. Prescriptions may only be delivered to a qualified patient or designated caregiver, at a residence. Some dispensaries have instituted specific days of the week to deliver to certain places in Arkansas, whilst others require customers to have shopped at least once in-person at the dispensary in order to receive deliveries. These measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Medical Cannabis in Fayetteville, Hot Springs & Fort Smith

Hot Springs has one dispensary, and it has been selling a large amount of cannabis over the past month or so due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The the two most well-known dispensaries operating in Fayettevile are Acanza Health Group and Purspirit Cannabis Co. Patients can also commute 30 minutes outside of Fayetteville to Bentonville, where their two dispensaries, The Source and The ReLeaf Center are also open. There are several other dispensaries in Fayetteville.

 

The most well-known dispensary in Fort Smith is Fort Cannabis Co. Just on the state line is an Oklahoma dispensary aptly named State Line Dispensary.

 

Arkansas doesn't have a huge number of dispensaries at the moment, but regardless of which city you are in, you can speak to a Leafwell physician online and qualify for medical cannabis in Arkansas.

Popular Cannabis Varieties in Arkansas

Although there are some similarities between states, there are some states that prefer slightly different strains. This is often because many states have developed their own varieties, often ones suited to the environment they grow in. People often take great pride in their own state's strains!

 

Here's some of Arkansas' most popular cannabis strains:

 

  1. Commerce City Kush - Indica-dominant hybrid
  2. OG Kush - Hybrid
  3. Sour Diesel - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  4. Burkle - Indica-dominant hybrid
  5. Glass Slipper - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  6. Member Berry - Hybrid
  7. Mandarin Temple Kush - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  8. Cookies and Chem - Indica-dominant hybrid
  9. Scott's OG - Indica-dominant hybrid
  10. Sour Tangie - Sativa
  11. Strawberry Cough - Sativa
  12. Blue Dream - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  13. Pinespple Express - Hybrid
COVID-19 and Medical Marijuana Cards in Arkansas

"Telehealth is currently being allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means applicants for a medical marijuana registry card must still submit a complete written certification form from a physician licensed in Arkansas, a patient application, a copy of the applicant’s Arkansas driver’s license or ID and the $50 processing fee. Applications are currently being accepted online and through the mail.

 

Expiration dates for medical marijuana cards have been suspended until further notice. If your card expires during this COVID-19 emergency, you will not be issued a new card. Your current card will allow you to purchase medical marijuana at your local dispensary regardless of the expiration date on your card.  Renewal applications are still being processed for individuals who wish to go ahead and renew their cards. To renew you will need an updated physician written certification, patient application, copy of your Arkansas driver’s license or ID and $50 processing fee."

 

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/medical-marijuana