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Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACIA?
The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a 501(c)(6) 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 is committed to being a recognized and trusted voice before policymakers, regulators, and the community at large.
Is medical cannabis legal in Arkansas?
Yes, the issue passed by public vote in 2016. The program is up and running with 37 dispensary and 8 cultivator licenses awarded.
How do I get my card?
The following are required when submitting your application:
1. The application form, which can be found online at the Arkansas Department of Health website: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/Physician_Written_Certification_Form.pdf
2. The completed Physician Written Certification. A list of doctors who certify can be found here: https://arcannabis.org/doctor-locator/
3. Photocopy of your Arkansas issued driver’s license or state ID. Remember that the name and address must on your application form must match what is listed on your Arkansas driver’s license or ID.
4. The $50 application fee.
Remember, the physician certification is only valid for 30 days. If you get a certification and don’t submit it within 30 days, you must get a new certification.
Will my information remain confidential?
Yes, all records kept by the Arkansas Department Health Medical Marijuana Section are confidential. This information is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and is not subject to disclosure. Law enforcement will have the ability to confirm only the validity of an ID card. When your card expires, the legal protection offered by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act is expired. Submit your renewal application to maintain your legal protection!
Can I get medical cannabis through the VA?
As of now, no.
Can I legally buy a gun if I have a medical card?
A very thorough breakdown can be found here:
Will I lose my disability if I use legal medical cannabis?
A good summary of your disability conditions can be found here: https://disabilityguide.com/will-medical-marijuana-affect-my-social-security-disability-case.htm
Can I use my medical card from another state in Arkansas?
From the AR Department of Health: “A visiting qualifying patient may obtain marijuana from a dispensary with completion of a visiting patient form and producing evidence of his or her registry identification card or its equivalent that is issued under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the United States.”