Is Cannabis Legal In Arkansas?
The state of Arkansas has a comprehensive medical marijuana program that allows for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but it does not allow for the recreational use of marijuana.
Cannabis for Medical Use in Arkansas
The state of Arkansas has a comprehensive medical marijuana program that allows for the use of marijuana for a wide range of medical conditions. The program was established in 2016 with the passage of Issue 6, also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment.
Under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, qualified patients are allowed to possess and use marijuana for medical purposes with the recommendation of a licensed physician. Patients must also obtain a medical marijuana card from the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (AMMC).
To qualify for the medical marijuana program in Arkansas, patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions. Patients must also be a resident of Arkansas and be at least 18 years old. Minors may qualify for the program with the approval of a licensed physician and the consent of a parent or guardian.
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Severe arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Recreational Use of Cannabis in Arkansas
Marijuana is not currently legal for recreational use in the state of Arkansas.
Where Can I Get Cannabis in Arkansas?
In addition to allowing for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment also allows for the cultivation and sale of marijuana within the state. Dispensaries are licensed and regulated by the AMMC, and patients can purchase their medical marijuana from these dispensaries.