There are 18 qualifying medical conditions that are eligible for medical cannabis treatment in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Health recognizes the following medical conditions as qualifying for medical cannabis use:
The Medical Marijuana Section of the Arkansas Department of Health is authorized by law to add new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program if it deems such conditions as suitable for medical cannabis treatment. The Department receives petitions to add new conditions at any time from members of the public. As of 2023, Arkansas has not added any new condition to the qualifying medical conditions named in the state’s Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, the original law modifying the state’s constitution to make medical cannabis legal there.
No, recommending physicians in Arkansas cannot certify or prescribe medical cannabis for conditions not included in the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use.
Yes. Arkansas requires patients applying for its medical marijuana card to provide physicians’ certifications indicating they are living with a qualifying condition that can be alleviated with medical marijuana treatment. Only Doctors of Medicine (MDs) and Osteopathy (DOs) can provide medical marijuana certifications in the state. These MDs and DOs must also:
Besides a diagnosis of at least one of the qualifying conditions and a physician certification to prove this, Arkansas also requires anyone applying for its medical marijuana card to also:
Arkansas does issue visiting patient cards to out-of-state patients who are visiting the state. To be eligible for this card, a visiting patient must: