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Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis in Arkansas

In the November 2016 elections, the state of Arkansas passed Issue 6 legalizing medical cannabis in the state of Arkansas. The deadline for submitting applications for cultivation or dispensary operations was September 18, 2017. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is currently reviewing the applications. There will be 5 cultivation facility applications and 32 dispensary applications approved for the state.

Below is some additional information regarding medical cannabis specific to the state of Arkansas:

Qualifying Conditions

  • The current list of qualifying conditions in Arkansas are:
  • 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

Obtaining Certification

In order to obtain a registry card to legally purchase medical cannabis, the patient must be certified as having a qualifying condition, have a completed medical certification, and submit the paperwork to the Arkansas Department of Health with the application fee. You can find a complete list of requirements at:


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