Arkansa Cannabis License Guidelines

Arkansas Department of Health

License and Enforcement Criteria

The Arkansas Department of Health oversees the agencies placed in charge of Medical Cannabis Program.  Patient applications may take 10-14 days to process. Incomplete applications will be returned.

The Arkansas Department of Health issues medical marijuana registry cards for qualified patients and caregivers.  The Arkansas Alcohol and Beverage Control agency is responsible for the licensure of medical marijuana dispensaries. To learn more about dispensary locations, click here.

The Arkansas Department of Health is available to answer questions about your Arkansas Medical Marijuana ID card or about applications for a medical marijuana testing lab.

The Arkansas Department of Health is NOT able to provide information regarding:

  • Physicians who provide certifications
  • Your legal matters
  • Your personal decisions regarding your work and or traveling with medical marijuana
  • Information about other states and their medical marijuana programs
  • Information about your personal health and health care decision making

All cultivation facilities and any dispensary cultivating medical marijuana shall establish and maintain a written Operations Plan for the production of marijuana in the facility. The plan shall include: standard operating procedures for the cultivation of marijuana in each production area of the facility; and Information regarding chemicals and pesticides applied during the production process, including but not limited to, when and the manner in which they are applied.

Arkansas Cannabis Law and Compliance

Several laws and ordinances regulate the Arkansas commercial cannabis industry, as well as the many different steps in the supply chain. These laws range over dispositions for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and retail dispensaries. The most recent news can be found on these links:


What information and forms are required when a patient applies for a medical marijuana ID card?

The following are required when submitting your application:

  • The application form.
  • The completed Physician Written Certification.
  • Photocopy of your Arkansas issued driver’s license or state ID (remember: name and address must match what is listed on your Arkansas driver’s license or ID).
  • The nonrefundable $50 application fee.

I live in another state and have one of the eligible debilitating medical conditions. Can I apply?

You may apply as a visiting patient. Click here and apply using the Visiting Patient application form.

You will need your home state medical marijuana card or equivalent.

A visiting patient application is $50.00 (non-refundable). If approved a visiting patient may purchase medical marijuana in Arkansas for a 90-day period, per application.

Can I use medical marijuana anywhere in Arkansas?

No. Using medical cannabis is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, in any correctional facility, in any motor vehicle, in a private residence used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises and in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. A public place includes all parts of buildings owned in a whole or in part, or leased, by the state or local unit of government. A public place does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care or other similar social service care on the premises. Using medical marijuana is also prohibited in a healthcare facility or any other place where smoking is prohibited by the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18.

What are the qualifying conditions to receive a medical card?

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
  • and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health

Which medical physicians can certify me for medical marijuana?

The medical provider must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in the state of Arkansas, have a controlled substances license on file with the DEA, be in good standing to practice medicine in Arkansas, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient they are certifying for medical cannabis.

Do I have to buy my marijuana from one of the dispensaries?

Yes. To be protected under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, your marijuana must be labeled from one of the Arkansas dispensaries.

Can I grow my own medical marijuana?

No. Qualifying registered patients and their designated caregivers cannot grow or cultivate medical marijuana. Marijuana-infused products must be purchased through the Arkansas medical marijuana dispensaries.

How much medical marijuana may I possess as a qualified registered patient?

Qualified registered patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces from a dispensary every 14 days.

Arkansa Marijuana License Types

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is tasked with administering and regulating the issuance of licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities. If you are interested in receiving advanced notice of rule-making proceedings and updates on the actions of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, click here.


A cultivation license is required to run a cultivation facility.

Cultivation facility means an entity that has been licensed by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission; and cultivates, prepares, manufactures, processes, packages, sells to and delivers usable marijuana to a dispensary.


Dispensary means an entity that has been licensed by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission pursuant to the requirements of the Amendment.


Processor means an entity that has been licensed by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission; and may acquire, possess, manufacture, process, prepare, deliver, transport, and supply marijuana to a dispensary or cultivation facility.


Transport means to move medical marijuana between licensed facilities or between a licensed facility and approved laboratory.

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