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How to get a medical card in Arkansas

  1. 1

    Register online with Leafwell

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

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana with your Doctor

    Meet with an AR physician online to discuss if cannabis is right for your medical condition. The consultation fee is $149, subject to change.

  3. 3

    Receive your certificate from Leafwell

    Get qualified for medical cannabis by attaching your PDF certificate to a completed application. You can apply and send off your application online.

    The application fee, payable to the state, is $50. The application and physician fees (mentioned above) are separate.

  4. 4

    Apply for a Card with the State of Arkansas

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

    The Arkansas Department of Health Medical Marijuana Page

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Benefits of Getting an Arkansas Medical Card

Having a valid physician’s medical marijuana certificate and medical marijuana identity card is currently the only legal way to consume cannabis in Arkansas.

About Medical Marijuana in Arkansas

Arkansas has a medical marijuana program. The first attempt to pass a law failed in 2012 but was successful in 2016.

  • 2012 – The Arkansas Medical Marijauna Act (Issue 5) was put up for vote but was defeated by 48.6% to 51.4%
  • November 8th, 2016 – Arkansas passed its Medical Marijuana program when Issue 6 succeeded by 53% to 47%. Issue 6 was proposed as an amendment to Issue 5 and establishes a system for growing, purchasing and distributing medical cannabis. It also provides legal protection for physicians and patients.
  • 2019 – a decriminalisation bill was introduced but it has not yet been advanced.

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How to qualify

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas, you must be a legal resident of Arkansas State.

Patients must be aged 18 or over to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Arkansas or have a caregiver who can access cannabis if the patient is a minor or adult who cannot buy/grow for themselves. Arkansas medical marijuana caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

Note that the Arkansas National Guard and the United States Military members cannot obtain an MMJ Card under current Arkansas marijuana laws.

  1. An evaluation with Leafwell includes:
    • The chance to speak to a qualified, Arkansas-licensed medical marijuana doctor
    • A one-year medical marijuana certificate – you will need this to apply for your medical marijuana card
    • Safe, secure payment, and no charge if you are not approved
  2. To apply for your MMJ Card in Arkansas, you will need to show your signed certificate, which provides proof of your condition and your identification documents. You should gather together the following:
    • ID
    • Proof of address
    • Your signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Medical Conditions

The following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Arkansas:

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Possession and Growing

An Arkansas medical marijuana card allows you to access all licensed dispensaries in Arkansas and purchase medical marijuana legally.

Individuals holding an MMJ Card in Arkansas are permitted 2.5 ounces every 14 days, and this card is proof that you are legally allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.

Dispensaries will stock a range of medical marijuana forms, including tinctures, oils, dry flower, creams, edibles, and plant material used in vaporizers. You can consult with your doctor to discuss your condition’s correct strength and potency(s).

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

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


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Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in Arkansas can have a caregiver.

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

To qualify for a designated caregiver registry card to legally purchase medical marijuana for a qualified patient, you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. 01

    Be 21 years of age or older.

  2. 02

    The individual needing care must be physically disabled or a minor.

  3. 03

    Have not been convicted of an excluded felony offense – a Criminal History Check will take place, for which the Caregiver must pay a $37 fee.

  4. 04

    Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency (AR Driver’s License or AR State ID card)

  5. 05

    State law prohibits members of the Arkansas National Guard and the United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.

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    Parents or legal guardians of a minor with a qualifying condition are not required to complete a Criminal History Check. The parent or guardian will still register as a caregiver and pay the registry card application fee, and all fees are nonrefundable.

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Reciprocity

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 less than 30 days)
  • Must have been diagnosed with a medical condition recognized under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, and
  • Must possess a medical marijuana registration card or its equivalent that was issued pursuant to the laws of another state.

The out-of-state registration card has the same force and effect as a card issued in Arkansas, except that the visiting qualifying patient may not purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas. To find out more about medical marijuana reciprocity, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today.

An Arkansas medical marijuana card is valid in other US states with reciprocity in their medical marijuana programs.

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Frequently asked questions in Arkansas

How much does an Arkansas Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

We are unable to certify Arkansas patients for medical marijuana at this time but hope to reopen very soon.

Medical marijuana certificate letter on its own = $159 at Leafwell

State application fee = $50

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Severe, Chronic and Intractable Pain (pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months)
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Arkansas online?

At the moment, it is not possible to apply for a medical cannabis card in Arkansas online. We are watching the legislation changes in the state and hope to reopen soon.

How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Arkansas?

In order to qualify for a caregiver MMJ card in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • The individual you are providing care for must be physically disabled or a minor.
  • Have not been convicted of an excluded felony offense.
  • Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency (AR Driver’s License or AR State ID card).

State law prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard and United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.

To apply as a caregiver in Arkansas, follow this process:

  1. Speak to a physician at Leafwell alongside the patient who needs a medical marijuana card (if possible).
  2. Register and create an account here: https://ammsys.adh.arkansas.gov/
  3. Complete the application form and pay the application fee ($50).
  4.  You will know if your application has been successful within 14 days of submission.
How do I apply for the state program in Arkansas?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Arkansas State ID (Arkansas driver’s license or Arkansas state ID issued by DMV)
  • Leafwell Physician Certification (only the ADH form)
  • $50.00 debit or credit card payment (American Express not accepted)

Getting Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Go to the Arkansas State website and click on ‘Apply Online
  2. Click on ‘Patient Registration’
    1. Enter your name and date of birth
    2. Enter a valid email address and create a password
    3. Write down/save your password (you will need it later)
    4. Check your email for a “Confirm Your Account” email (you may need to check trash or spam)
    5. Confirm your account
  3. Once confirmed, you can complete your Application within the state website
    1. Make sure you complete every box in the application
    2. Don’t forget your SSN, Military Status or to sign (using your finger or mouse and sign in the box)
    3. You will need to upload the following:
      1. State ID (take a picture and upload it)
      2. Leafwell Physician Certification (you can use the PDF version)
  4. Finish and Pay
  5. Check on the status of your application in 14 days. If approved, print your card. If you do not print your card, it will be printed and mailed to you. Registry ID card application fees are NON REFUNDABLE
  6. Your registry identification card from the Arkansas Department of Health will be valid for one year from the date it is issued OR the amount of time designated by the physician.
  7. Once you have received your registry ID card, you are ready to purchase products from a licensed medical cannabis pharmacy. To purchase medical cannabis, you must bring your medical cannabis card and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with you to the pharmacy.