Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laws
Arkansas Department of Health
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Use Registry is a secure, electronic, and online database for the registration of qualified MMJ patients. You must be added to the Medical Marijuana Registry to be able to obtain and use marijuana treatment products. Your first step in obtaining a medical card is to make an appointment with a cannabis doctor. In terms of medical providers, he or she must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy who is licensed in the state of Arkansas, have a controlled substances license on file with the DEA, and be in good standing to practice medicine in the state of Arkansas. You must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition as defined under state law to be able to be certified by a MJ doctor. Many MJ doctors offer a telemedicine option for appointments, so, if interested, check with your selected doctor to see if this is an option. If the doctor certifies the condition as one that enables you to use medical cannabis as a treatment, you must then apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification card.
Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in the state of Arkansas. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possible.
Patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally possess and obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. Patients under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume herbal forms of cannabis. Inhaling herbal cannabis is not permitted by adults in the presence of a pregnant woman or a child age 14 or under. Dispensaries may not provide cannabis-infused food or drink products with more than 10mg of THC.
Yes. A “caregiver” means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department of Health. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time.
Once a qualified MJ patient is certified by their doctor, the patient then must apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card through the Arkansas Department of Health online or through snail mail. You may do so on the Arkansas Department of Health website. Required documents for the application are the physician certification on the Arkansas Department of Health form, a copy of an Arkansas State ID (State ID issued by DMV or a driver’s license), and a fee payment method. If you have a caregiver, please note for them to be able to obtain, possess, dispense, and administer medical cannabis, they must apply for a caregiver registry card. Designated caregivers under state law are defined as people who are selected by the qualifying patient as the person who is authorized, on the patient’s behalf, to obtain medical marijuana from a certified medical marijuana dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of the medical marijuana treatment. Qualified medical marijuana patients under the age of 18 cannot purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. The parent or legal guardian is required to register as a caregiver to buy medicinal marijuana for a minor. Arkansas National Guard and United States Military may not obtain a marijuana registry id card.
Find a licensed marijuana doctor nearby to get your recommendation for a medical marijuana card.Marijuana Doctors
Medicinal marijuana and low-THC cannabis products are available in Arkansas for qualified patients. Legal products are medical marijuana CBD oil, tinctures, vape products and flower, to name a few. Arkansas state law does not allow for edible marijuana products currently.
Find Medical Marijuana Use Registry User information and Instructional Guides. These include general FAQs, approved medical conditions, steps to take to participate in the Arkansas MMJ program as a patient, registration, and medical marijuana card renewal information.Arkansas Department of Health