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How getting a medical marijuana card works for Arkansas residents.

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    1. Create or Log Into Your Leafwell Account

    It’s quick and easy! Plus, your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art, HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform.

    Please note: Leafwell can only provide telehealth renewals for patients already registered with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Registry System.


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    2. Discuss Medical Marijuana With the Healthcare Provider

    See your Arkansas healthcare provider online to discuss your renewal. The consultation fee is $75, and you’re only billed if approved.

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    3. Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    Register for medical marijuana program by attaching your PDF certificate to a completed State of Arkansas application. You can submit your application online.

    The state application fee, payable to the state, is $50. The application and Leafwell fees are separate.

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    4. Register with the State

    It takes the Arkansas Department of Health 7 to 14 business days to process the application, and it can take 7 to 30 days to get a physical copy of your medical marijuana card.

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2 things you need to get started

You'll need to provide the following to apply for your Arkansas marijuana card:

  1. 1

    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    You must show your signed certificate, which includes proof of your condition.

  2. 2

    Proof of Address

    You will need a government-issued photo ID card, such as an Arkansas driver’s license or state ID card.

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How to renew your card

Leafwell can only provide telehealth renewals for patients registered with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Registry System.

  • Create an account or sign in to Leafwell.
  • See a licensed physician online, get approved, and download your physician certification.*
  • Log into your existing Arkansas Medical Marijuana System account to submit your state application within 30 days.**
  • Receive your medical card from the state in 10-14 days and legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

*To comply with state regulations, you may be contacted twice during the recertification process.

Please note: Patients should renew their card 30 days before expiry to avoid incurring additional fees.

Legal limitations for cardholders

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment legalized medical marijuana for patients in 2016. Navigating the legal landscape can be tricky, but we’re here to break it down for you. Here are some key points you should be aware of if you have a medical marijuana ID card in Arkansas:

Possession Limits: Arkansas residents with a medical marijuana card can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 14 days. The card proves that you can legally possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.

Product Availability: Dispensaries will stock a range of medical marijuana products, including tinctures, oils, dry flower, creams, edibles, and plant material used in vaporizers. You can consult your healthcare provider to discuss which products may work best for your needs.

Minor Restrictions: Medical marijuana patients under 21 may be restricted from smokable forms of cannabis.

Cultivation Not Allowed: It is not legal to cultivate cannabis plants in Arkansas, even for qualifying medical marijuana patients or their caregivers.

CBD and Delta 8: Hemp-derived cannabinoids manufactured from CBD, such as delta-8 THC, have been banned in the state. Though, CBD remains legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

In Person Certification Required: New patients cannot use telemedicine to obtain a medical cannabis card in Arkansas at this time. In-person visits are required to establish a provider-patient relationship.

How to become a caregiver

If you’re looking to become a medical marijuana caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Arkansas there are some important rules and steps to follow.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and an Arkansas resident with proof of residency (an Arkansas driver’s license or state ID card).
  • The individual being cared for must be physically disabled or a minor. They must have a current medical marijuana card.
  • Caregivers must complete a criminal background check without convictions for excluded felony offenses.
    • Parents of a minor qualifying patient are not required to complete a criminal history check. The parent will still register as a caregiver and pay the non-refundable ID card application fee.
  • State law prohibits members of the Arkansas National Guard and the United States military from obtaining a registry ID card.
  • A caregiver may also be a registered qualifying patient.
  • A caregiver may serve more than one patient, and patients may have more than one caregiver.
  • A caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient.

Can you use an Arkansas medical card in other states?

Limited reciprocity is available to visiting qualifying patients. To qualify, the patient:

  • Must not be a resident of Arkansas (or has resided in Arkansas for fewer than 30 days).
  • Must have been diagnosed with a medical condition recognized under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act.
  • Must possess a medical marijuana registration card or its equivalent issued under another state’s laws. (Note: Louisiana residents will need the pharmacy label with the name and expiration date or their medical marijuana doctor’s approval letter/recommendation letter. Texas residents will need their licensed medical marijuana doctor’s approval letters or recommendation letters.)

The out-of-state registration card has the same force and effect as a card issued in Arkansas, except the visiting qualifying patient may not purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey *
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

Minor patient information

All patients under the age of 18 require the legal guardian or parent to register as a caregiver. See the Caregivers section for requirements.

Minor Patient Requirements:

  • All patients under the age of 18 must have a caregiver (parent/legal guardian).
  • Both the caregiver and patient must be present during the consultation.

Minor and Caregiver Registration (State):

  • Parents of a minor with a qualifying condition do not need to complete the Criminal History Check, unlike other caregivers. However, they must still register as the caregiver and pay the $50 registry card application fee.
  • Minor patients and caregivers can apply online (preferred) or mail in the application.

State Medical Marijuana Resources (FAQ, forms, apply online) found here