Arkansas Dept. of Health to Begin Accepting Patient Applications


A long time bastion of marijuana prohibition, the Deep South is slowly waking up and allowing medical marijuana a respectable place in their accepted pharmacopeia.

On Wednesday, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) announced they would begin accepting medical marijuana applications for patients seeking state-issued cards by the end of June.

Passed last November by a respectable 53-46%, Arkansas’s list of qualifying conditions is extensive:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lateral sclerosis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • PTSD
  • Severe arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Chronic pain

Firing up June 30, medical marijuana patient applications will be made available on the Arkansas Department of Health website.

Despite the current absence of any licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas, the state plans on taking applications in preparation for next year. Once Arkansas’s medical marijuana dispensaries are up and operational – anticipated to take place in early 2018 – the state will begin issuing their Arkansas medical marijuana cards.

Applicants will be charged a nonrefundable $50 fee and will need to provide a valid Arkansas driver’s license or other state-issued identification.

Per the ADH: “The cards must be renewed at least annually, so waiting until the product is available for legal purchase to issue the cards ensures the patient can use the card the maximum amount of time before it has to be renewed. Cards may be subject to a shorter renewal time if specified by the patient’s doctor.”

Planting the seeds of medical marijuana south of the Mason-Dixon line, the Arkansas Gen. Assembly adopted legislation this year that mandates the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission began accepting applications for medical marijuana licenses no later than July 1.

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  1. I would qualify with two listed, but what about Traumatic Brain Injury? TBI Its a good start, those with cancer really need to look at this and stop poisoning themselves with big pharma and doctor enrichment. Don’t stop your therapy if its working for you but give Medical Marijuana a try and look at the latest blind studies and control groups, get involved save your and your loved ones lives with some natural herb.

  2. Gerald K. Green on

    I live in Harrison (Boone County) and am currently seeing a pain mgmt. doctor. one of the many agreement rules is 0 use of cannabis. If I do decide to switch over to using MMJ does anyone know any doctors in this area that would provide the approval needed to apply for the Card granting permission to buy medical marijuana? And would this affect my SSI Disability payments I worked many years to earn? Many Thanks

  3. How or where can we get an update on what’s going on in Arkansas at this time? Are they making any progress with the growers and dispensaries? Does anyone know when the medical I. D. cards will be issued by the Health Department?
    All of the articles I’ve read so far are dated in 2017 and prior, thus my questions for any updates in 2018.
    Thank you in advance to anyone who may help.

    P. S. Dr. Dane Flippin & his staff, located in Jonesboro, AR are extremely helpful professionals.

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