Online Medical Marijuana Card and Renewal FAQ
What are the qualifying conditions in Arkansas?
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
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
How long does it take to receive the AR certification form?
Certification forms are emailed within 48 hours of the appointment completion.
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 paid to the state of Arkansas.
How long is my Arkansas medical marijuana card valid?
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.
When can I renew my Arkansas medical marijuana card?
We recommend renewing your card no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date.
What is required for Arkansas medical cannabis card renewal?
If applying online you will need an updated Physician Written Certification, most recent copy of your Arkansas driver’s license or identification card and credit/debit card.
If applying through the mail you will need a Patient Registry Application, updated Physician Written Certification, most recent copy of your Arkansas driver’s license or identification card and a check/money order for $50 for patient applications and $87 for caregiver applications.
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 health care 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.
How long does it take to process my Arkansas medical cannabis card application?
Processing time can take between 10 to 14 days for the health department of Arkansas to review the medical cannabis card application.
How long will it take for my Arkansas medical marijuana card renewal to be approved once I submit it?
It may take up to 14 days to process your Arkansas medical marijuana card renewal.
I have one of the debilitating medical conditions, am I automatically a qualified Arkansas medical marijuana patient?
An official medical marijuana physician written certification must be obtained from a medical physician and submitted with the application.
Which medical physicians can certify me for a Arkansas medical marijuana card?
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.
Are physicians required to complete the written certification form if I have a qualifying debilitating medical condition?
No, an Arkansas medical marijuana physician is not mandated to provide a patient with a certification.
When does the physician certification expire?
The physician certification is valid for 30 days. If a patient gets a certification and fails to submit it to the ADH within 30 days, they must get a new certification. The medical marijuana certification is required to apply for an Arkansas medical marijuana card.
Can I grow my own medical marijuana in Arkansas?
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 an Arkansas qualified registered medical marijuana card patient?
Qualified registered patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces from a dispensary every 14 days.