Can You Smoke Weed in Public in Arkansas?

Can You Smoke Weed in Arkansas?

Yes, but only if you are a recognized and authorized medical marijuana patient in Arkansas. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 (AMMA) makes medical cannabis smoking legal for qualified patients. Note that recreational cannabis is currently illegal in the state.

Can You Smoke Weed in Public in Arkansas?

Smoking marijuana in public places, such as walkways, schools, highways, banks, restaurants, or parks, is prohibited in Arkansas. A public place includes any parts of buildings owned in part or whole or leased by the state or local unit of the Arkansas government. Arkansas law prohibits medical cannabis smoking:

  • On a school bus
  • In a correctional facility
  • At a community or recreation center
  • At a drug or alcohol treatment facility
  • In any form of public transportation
  • In a place where tobacco smoking is banned
  • Knowingly in the presence of a pregnant woman
  • Knowingly in close physical proximity to an individual under the age of 18
  • In a place where medical cannabis smoking is likely to cause another individual not authorized to use marijuana to be under the influence of marijuana
  • In the presence of a person who is under 14 years of age
  • In a private residence used to provide licensed childcare or similar social service care on the premises
  • In any public place where an individual may be expected to be observed by other persons
  • In a healthcare facility or place where smoking is prohibited by the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006

Can You Smoke Weed in a Vehicle in Arkansas?

No. Smoking medical cannabis is illegal in a vehicle in Arkansas. According to the AMMA of 2016, it is illegal to smoke marijuana inside a motor vehicle, aircraft, boat, or any vehicle drawn by power other than muscle power.

Who Can Smoke Marijuana in Arkansas?

Per the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Act of 2016, you must be 21 or older to smoke marijuana as a medical marijuana patient in the state.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Weed in Arkansas?

Medical cannabis may be smoked in private residences. However, note that while a landlord is not allowed to ban the use of non-smoking medical marijuana products, they may prohibit medical cannabis smoking on their property. Therefore, if you live in a rented unit, consult with your landlord to verify if medical marijuana may be smoked on the property.

Also, per the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act of 2016, medical cannabis must not be smoked on any property under the control of the Arkansas National Guard or the United States military. Smoking cannabis on any federal property is prohibited.

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