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.
Yes, the issue passed by public vote in 2016. The program is up and running with 38 dispensary and eight cultivator licenses awarded.
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 also expires. Submit your renewal application to maintain your legal protection!
As of now, no.
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.”
Arkansas medical cannabis patients can renew their medical marijuana cards virtually via telehealth appointments. Arkansas state law doesn’t allow first time appointments to be done online.
A petition to add a new qualifying medical condition can be submitted. Petition applications are reviewed and forwarded for a hearing. The department shall approve or deny a petition within one hundred (120) days of submission of the petition. Click here for petition information.
During the 2023 General Legislative Session, lawmakers passed Act 757, which instructs the Arkansas State Police they cannot consider a concealed carry license applicant’s medical marijuana patient or caregiver cardholder status, and the Arkansas Department of Health cannot share cardholder information with the State Police to facilitate background checks for the issuance of a concealed carry license.
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