Qualifying medical marijuana patients must enroll in the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program to use medical cannabis legally in the state. A medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 98, also known as the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA), which was in November 2016 approved by Arkansas voters, established the state's Medical Marijuana Program. The program is under the purview of the state's Department of Health (ADH).
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program permits qualifying cannabis patients who are minors or physically disabled to designate caregivers. Qualifying patients and designated caregivers must obtain medical marijuana registry identification cards (medical cannabis cards) to participate in this program. Enrollment in the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program by patients and caregivers is all year round.
To enroll in the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program, a person must be at least 18 years old with a debilitating condition or a caregiver who is 21 years or older. Qualifying patients who are minors need the written consent of their parents or legal guardians, who must register as caregivers, to join the state's Medical Marijuana Program. Additionally, they must obtain documents from their physicians showing that they (physicians) have explained the risks and benefits of cannabis as minors to their (patients') parents or legal guardians. A registered cannabis patient whose registry identification card is still valid when they turn 18 may use it till it expires. Once it expires, they can initiate a new Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program registration as an adult.
Arkansas permits residents to submit petitions to add new qualifying medical conditions to the state's Medical Marijuana Program, one condition per petition.
Yes. Before a physician can recommend a qualifying patient for a medical marijuana registry identification card in Arkansas, they must have controlled substances licenses on file with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Yes. Physicians must have bona fide practitioner-patient relationships with their patients and be in good standing to practice medicine in the state before recommending their patients for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program.
No. Physicians are not required to join the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program before they can recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients in the state.
Yes, but not for initial assessment/certification for medical marijuana. In Arkansas, a physician may only use telemedicine to recertify qualifying patients for medical cannabis treatments.
There is no official list of Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program physicians; the Department of Health does not recommend medical providers to patients for medical marijuana certifications. Qualifying patients must obtain certifications for medical cannabis from their current physicians.