If you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation facility license in the State of Arkansas, this is the relevant information:
- Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC)
- Arkansas Beverage Control (ABC)
- Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)
- State of Arkansas
32 will be awarded in the state, selected by merit by zone.
Dispensary Zone Map – showing the eight dispensary geographic zones (four dispensaries will be awarded for each zone)
5 will be awarded in the state, selected by merit.
HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana distributors. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC.
HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana transporters. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC. Cultivation facilities will still be allowed to do their own transporting.
HB1051 (now Act 462) has passed, authorizing medical marijuana processors. We expect rules to be forthcoming soon from the ABC. Cultivation facilities will still be allowed to do their own processing.
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC)
The body that controls the licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities.
Arkansas Beverage Control (ABC)
The body governing dispensary and cultivation facility operations and compliance.
Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)
The body governing medical marijuana patients and products.
Rules and Regulations – governing medical marijuana registration, testing, and labeling
Online Patient MMJ Card Application – available by June 30th
The ADH will begin accepting applications for registry identification cards to qualifying patients in late June of 2017. The cards won’t be issued to patients until 30 days before dispensaries will start carrying medical marijuana (probably in the first quarter of 2018).
To apply, you can download this certification form (or request via mail by calling 501-682-4982) that you can take to your physician (M.D. or D.O.). Your doctor will verify that you have one of the qualifying conditions and complete the certification form. You will then apply for your registry identification form online (where you can upload your scanned certification form) or via mail with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH will process your application within ten business days and will then mail your card to you.
Current list of qualifying medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Severe Arthritis
- 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
- 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)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Insomnia (Severe)
- Respiratory Dysfunction / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
State of Arkansas (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.