Last updated: March 12, 2020

Marijuana legalization in Arkansas

Is marijuana legal in Arkansas?

Medical marijuana is legal in Arkansas. Medical marijuana was legalized in Arkansas in 2016. Recreational marijuana is illegal in Arkansas.

Voters in Arkansas may vote on recreational legalization of marijuana in the November 2020 election, if enough signatures are gathered by July 2020. Arkansas For Cannabis Reform is gathering the signatures.

Activists opposed to recreational marijuana in Arkansas are submitting competing bills to confuse and deter recreational legalization.


Arkansas Medical Marijuana Resources

Requirements to get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas:

In order to qualify for a registry card to legally purchase medical marijuana, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older or be a minor patient with parental consent.
  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition – click here to see a list of qualifying medical conditions.
  • Have the official written certification from a physician.
  • Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency. (AR Driver’s License or AR State ID card).
  • State law prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard and United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.

Qualifying medical conditions for getting a medical marijuana card: 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,