Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2016: Voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, legalizing the use of medical marijuana for qualifying conditions. The establishment of dispensaries was also approved.


In 2012, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, an act that would have allowed for non-profit organizations to grow and sell medical marijuana, failed. In 2016, Issue 6 was put onto the ballot and passed by 53% making Arkansas one of the first southern states to legalize medical marijuana. Currently, the laws in Arkansas for non-patients are some of the most stringent in the country.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Arkansas?

At this time, patients over the age of 21 with a qualifying condition, a physician’s recommendation and a medical marijuana card can purchase and possess marijuana. Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and more. Those who are not card carrying patients and are found with marijuana in their possession will be faced with a fee and jail time. State-licensed dispensaries are the only entities allowed to legally sell marijuana.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, you cannot operate a motor vehicle if you are intoxicated. Intoxication means being influenced by a controlled substance to the degree that your motor skills, judgement and reactions are altered.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas?

In order to become a card carrying medical marijuana patient, you must receive a written recommendation by a physician stating that you suffer from one of the qualified conditions. You then must fill out an application and submit your forms along with your ID and signed physician’s recommendation online or by mail.

Can I use marijuana in public in Arkansas?

It is illegal to use marijuana in public in Arkansas.

Can I sell marijuana in Arkansas?

At this time, only state-licensed dispensaries can sell cannabis in Arkansas.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Arkansas marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.