Arkansas Medical Cannabis News


Medical cannabis in Arkansas

Under Arkansas’ medical cannabis program, registered patients and caregivers are allowed to visit dispensaries and purchase cannabis products. Purchase limits are set a 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower — or about 70 grams — every 14 days. The home cultivation of cannabis by patients and/or caregivers is not allowed.

There are numerous approved qualifying conditions for the Arkansas medical cannabis program including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, intractable pain, severe nausea, seizures, and others (click here to find a full list).

Hemp and future cannabis reforms

Arkansas initially legalized industrial hemp farming in 2018 as part of a research pilot program. Today, the program is still in operation and there is an annual application period for new cultivation licenses ahead of each harvest season.

In terms of adult-use cannabis, advocates pursued a legalization ballot initiative in 2020 but the effort was stymied by complications from the coronavirus pandemic; the activists involved said they would return with a renewed effort in 2022.

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