Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card Legislation
Arkansas law currently allows for qualified medical marijuana card holders to consume marijuana, although adult-use cannabis recreationally is illegal. Recently in 2020 Arkansas tried to get an initiative onto their general ballot called the Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Initiative. This initiative failed to receive enough signatures to get onto the general ballot. This initiative would have legalized marijuana for Arkansas adults aged 21 and over.
Initially, Arkansas population has been reluctant to legalize marijuana for recreational use, though back in 2016 voters had approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA) also known as Issue 6, on Nov 8, 2016. This law allows seriously ill patients to consume and obtain medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval. This law also established licenses for cultivation facilities and medical marijuana dispensaries.
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card Cultivation & Possession Laws
As recreational possession of marijuana is illegal, possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana for a first offender is a misdemeanor that is accompanied by one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. For qualified patients who have an Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card, patients are legally allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 14-days from a state-approved medical marijuana dispensary.
Cultivation of medical marijuana in Arkansas is different from other medical-legalized states, as Arkansas does not allow any qualified patients or caregivers to cultivate marijuana. Due to this, cultivation can be prosecuted as marijuana possession, or can carry more severe charges such as possession with intent to deliver, depending on the amount of marijuana being produced at the cultivation site. Possession of less than 14 grams is a misdemeanor which may lead to a possible jail sentence of up to one year and a $2,500 fine. To carry more than 14 grams is a felony with penalties and carries a mandatory minimum thee-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. To avoid such penalties, it is recommended to always purchase medical marijuana from a licensed state-approved medical marijuana dispensary.
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