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Green Card 101: Your Guide to Getting a Medical Cannabis Card in Arkansas

From Qualifying Conditions to Waiting Times, Here's What You Need to Know to Get Your Green Card


Medical marijuana has been legal in Arkansas since 2016, and since then, the state has made significant strides in its medical marijuana program. If you're an Arkansas resident and you're considering getting a medical marijuana card, there are several things you need to know. In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about the qualifications for obtaining a medical marijuana card, the process of getting a card, and how long it takes to get one.





First, let's start with the qualifying conditions. In Arkansas, the following medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana treatment:

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Hepatitis C

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • Crohn's disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Severe arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Intractable pain

  • Severe nausea

  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy

  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

If you have one of these conditions, you may be eligible for a medical marijuana card. However, it's important to note that the state of Arkansas does not recognize the use of medical marijuana for any other condition not listed above.


Once you've determined that you have a qualifying condition, the next step is to obtain a medical marijuana card. The process for obtaining a card is fairly straightforward. First, you must schedule an appointment with a licensed physician who can certify that you have a qualifying condition. The physician will then provide you with a certification form, which you must submit to the Arkansas Department of Health, along with a completed application and a fee.


The fee for a medical marijuana card in Arkansas is $50, and the application must be submitted online. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a notification from the Arkansas Department of Health. You can then print your medical marijuana card from the department's website and use it to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary in the state.


It's important to note that the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card can take several weeks. Once you submit your application, it can take up to 14 days for the Arkansas Department of Health to review it. If there are any issues with your application, you will be notified by mail and given an opportunity to correct them. Once your application is approved, it can take an additional seven to ten business days to receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.


If you're an Arkansas resident with a qualifying medical condition, obtaining a medical marijuana card can be a simple and straightforward process. By following the steps outlined above, you can get your card and start benefiting from the medicinal properties of marijuana.


Visit the Arkansas Department of Health website for more info

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