The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) oversees the agencies placed in charge of the Medical Cannabis Program.
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.
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
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission was created under Article §19 of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. The Commission is tasked with administering and regulating the issuance of licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and will work with the support of Alcoholic Beverage Control to implement and enforce the requirements of the amendment.
Membership of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is composed of five individuals; each serving a four-year term. Members are appointed as follows: one member is appointed by the Governor of Arkansas; two members are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Arkansas Senate; and two members are appointed by the Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Patient applications for a medical cannabis card may take up to 14 working days to process from the date we receive your application and payment. Incomplete applications or applications with errors will be returned.
The Fee Schedule is as follows:
|Patient medical marijuana card application||$50.00 (non-refundable)|
|Caregiver medical marijuana card application and renewals||$50.00 (non-refundable)|
|Caregiver criminal background||$37 (non-refundable)|
|Visiting Patient||$50.00 (nonrefundable) 90-day card|
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.
A qualifying patient or designated caregiver in actual possession of a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner or denied any right or privilege, including without limitation a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business, occupational, or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with this amendment if the qualifying patient or designated caregiver possesses not more than two and one-half ounces of usable marijuana.