Right now is an exciting time for the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Arkansas. The application period for dispensaries and cultivation facilities starts on July 1st, 2017 and runs for 90 days.

The commission that governs the issuing of licenses has finalized the application rules and has set a date for a public hearing.

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For the latest legislation affecting Issue 6 (now amendment 98) – see our comprehensive legislative update.



Quick Legislative Update

Here’s a brief recap of legislation in Arkansas affecting the medical marijuana industry: The deadline for filing new bills has already passed. The deadline for amending shell bills has passed. The legislative session is tentatively scheduled to end on March 31st, but several committee chairpersons will have their last committee meetings next week. Bills with bold text are …

Arkansas Receives B- Grade for Medical Cannabis Access: Americans for Safe Access

Arkansas’ first grade for medical marijuana access from Americans for Safe Access is a B-. The mission of Americans for Safe Access is to to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Arkansas did well in their patient rights and civil protection section, scoring a 93/100. In the access to medicine …

News Coverage from the Arkansas Department of Health Public Hearing

News coverage and footage from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) public hearing on medical marijuana yesterday. Robert Brech, Chief Financial Officer at the ADH, presided over the public hearing. The hearing highlights: The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does not appear to be open to altering the proposed rules and regulations at this point …


If you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in the State of Arkansas, these are documents you’ll want to review:

Business Types:


32 will be awarded in the state, selected by lottery by zone.

Dispensary Rules / Selection Processs

Dispensary Zone Map – showing zones and counts for the dispensary license lottery

Dispensary Draft Application – not available yet

Cultivation Facilities

5 will be awarded in the state, selected by merit.

Cultivation Facility Rules / Selection Process

Cultivation Facility Draft Merit Application

(latest available version – updated after the February 7th meeting – published February 19th)


Not currently allowed, depends on the passage of HB1051.


Not currently allowed as a separate entity, depends on the passage of HB1051. Currently falls under the purview of cultivation facilities.


Not currently allowed as a separate entity, depends on the passage of HB1051. Currently falls under the purview of cultivation facilities.

Governing Bodies:

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission

The body that controls the licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

Public hearing on proposed rules set for March 31st.

Arkansas Beverage Control

The body governing dispensary and cultivation facility operations and compliance.

Draft Rules and Regulations – governing the oversight of medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries

Arkansas Department of Health

The body governing medical marijuana patients and products.

Draft Rules and Regulations – governing medical marijuana registration, testing, and labeling

Public hearing on proposed rules set for March 10th.

Current list of qualifying medical conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Intractable Pain
    • Defined as 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; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

List of qualifying medical conditions that the Arkansas Drug Policy Education Group is working to add:

  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) / ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Depression
  • Insomnia (Severe)
  • Migraines
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Arkansas Law

Issue 6 – Amendment 98 – the full searchable text of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016

See our list of current legislation that affects the medical marijuana law.


The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a cannabis industry trade association advocating for laws, regulations and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in our state.

ACIA works on the state and local level to advance the interests of licensed cultivators, infused-products manufacturers, and dispensaries, as well as recommending physicians, ancillary businesses, and other key stakeholders in Arkansas’ legal medical cannabis industry.

In addition, ACIA advocates for the broader dissemination of sound academic and medical research on cannabinoid medicine to Arkansas physicians, nurses and other health care providers. Finally, ACIA strives to represent and address the concerns of Arkansas’ medical cannabis patients, law enforcement organizations working in good faith to implement Arkansas’ medical cannabis laws, educators, concerned parents, our neighbors and local communities.

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