Arkansas Medical Marijuana License

Medical Marijuana in Arkansas

Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA), or Issue 6, with 53% of the vote on Nov. 8, 2016. The law allows seriously ill patients to obtain and consume medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval and establishes licenses for state cultivation facilities and dispensaries. It also allows for the issuing of between four and eight licenses to cultivation facilities, and the creation of as many as 40 dispensaries throughout the state.

Since the passing of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, the state’s medical marijuana industry has steadily grown.
Around the state, there are 31 operating dispensaries that are selling medical marijuana, while another seven dispensary companies have licenses and are in the process of setting up operations. (In total, there are a total of 40 dispensary licenses allowed by state law.)

There are also five cultivation companies currently operating around the state, with a maximum of eight licenses available. Three other companies have licenses and are also in the process of establishing their processes.

The state’s medical marijuana program is regulated by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), which issues medical marijuana ID cards for patients and caregivers. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division regulates dispensaries and has issued regulations for dispensing and cultivation. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has also been created under the AMMA to regulate licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and support the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in implementing regulations.

Qualifying Conditions

Arkansas’s Issue 6 allows the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in the state:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Intractable pain, defined as pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six months
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe arthritis
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
  • Severe nausea
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the ADH

Arkansas Medical Cannabis Applications

The state of Arkansas is currently opening up applications for processor and transporter licenses. The application process for both of these licenses will be non-competitive, and there is no limit on the number of licenses that can be awarded. There is a fee for applying, however. The application fee is $5,000 with a $100,000 bond.

Currently, there is an open process to apply for a Marijuana Business Licenses in Arkansas. You can provide your information here to be notified of cannabis business updates. You can schedule a time for a consultation here.

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