As per the legislation of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (Issue 6), approved November 08, 2016, effective November 09, 2016, qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition may lawfully obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Arkansas marijuana doctor.
Effective June 30th, 2017 the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) began accepting applications for the medical marijuana registry identification cards registry. Identification cards be will be issued to qualifying patients and caregivers approximately 30 days before the medicine is available to purchase at a state-approved dispensary.
Effective June 23rd, 2017, Physician Certification Forms (written certification on the Arkansas Department of Health forms) are not available on the state website.
Patients in Arkansas diagnosed with one or more of the following “debilitating medical conditions”, are afforded legal protection under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment:
1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Patients must be a legal Arkansas Resident with a valid Arkansas I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have an Arkansas I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
3. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
4. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Arkansas
5. All patients will be required to register with the Department of Health, details will be provided once the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program has been fully implemented by the DOH.
6. * Please note: It will take several months for the DOH to prepare the AMMP for operation, however, patients may begin the process by establishing a bonafide doctor-patient relationship with a licensed marijuana doctor now, in efforts to allow patients early access to the medicine once it becomes available.