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5 Steps to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas

by in Medical Cannabis News, Medical Marijuana January 1, 2021

Medical Marijuana was approved for use in Arkansas through the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. According to Healthy Arkansas, 85,388 Medical Marijuana ID Cards have been approved as of October 2, 2020!

After receiving much patient input and many questions about how to get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas, we decided to write this blog to try to offer some clarity on the subject.  Here we have listed the steps and fees associated with obtaining an MMJ card in the natural state. At AR MMJ Cards, we’ve streamlined this process in order to provide the fastest and most inexpensive cannabis certifications in the state.

 

Steps to Get a Medical Marijuana Card:

doctor writing medical marijuana certification

In the state of Arkansas, medical marijuana can be purchased at dispensaries by patients that are qualified, meaning they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a qualifying condition
  2. Aged 18 years old+ (or have parental consent if a minor)
  3. Not be a member of the AR National Guard and United States Military
  4. Have an official Physician’s Written Certification from a medical marijuana doctor
  5. Apply and Be Approved for a Medical Marijuana Card (MMJ).  Print the card and use it at dispensaries in AR.

Step 1 for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in AR | Have a Qualifying Condition(s):

What are the qualifying conditions to get an Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card?

To receive a medical cannabis card in Arkansas, a patient must qualify.  That simple means person seeking to obtain their mmj card, must have one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
  • and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health

Can qualifying conditions be added to the list for medical marijuana recommendation?

Patients that are suffering from a medical condition not on the list may petition the Department of Health for consideration.  After a hearing, an approval or denial will occur within 120 days of the petition.  For more information on petitions to add new qualifying conditions to the medical marijuana qualifying condition list, go to https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/petition-to-add-a-new-condition.

Step 2 for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in AR | Be Age 18+ and Minors with Parental Consent:

Another requirement to qualify for a medical cannabis card is to be aged eighteen or older.  However, minors with qualifying conditions can apply for medical marijuana cards with parental consent.  The parent will be the designated caregiver and can purchase medical marijuana products on behalf of the patient at dispensaries. Minors cannot purchase product from a medical marijuana dispensary, without their legal caregiver.

To qualify as a designated medical marijuana card caregiver:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • The individual you are providing care for must be physically disabled or a minor
  • The potential caregiver must be an Arkansas Resident
  • Not be a member of the AR National Guard and United States Military

A designated caregiver can be issued a medical marijuana registry card that allows him/her to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis on behalf of their patient.  It is not legal for caregivers to consume the medical marijuana that was dispensed to the patient.  If a caregiver is not the parent or legal guardian of the patient, she/he will pay for a criminal background check (including fingerprints) in addition to the application fee to the state, and the fee for the doctor card certification.

Step 3 for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in AR | Not be a Member of the Military or Guard:

According to the state of Arkansas regulations, members of the National Guard and U.S. Military cannot receive medical marijuana cards.  Arkansas Healthy states, “Legislation passed in 2017 prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard and United States military from obtaining a qualified patient or designated caregiver registry ID card.”

Step 4 for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in AR | Receive Cannabis Card Certification by a Medical Marijuana Doctor:

medical cannabis tincture being dripped from a dropper by a medical marijuana doctor

Legally, medical marijuana cannot be prescribed to patients because it is not FDA approved.  However, patients can be “recommended” to use medical cannabis – this recommendation is what patients receive from AR MMJ Cards’ medical marijuana doctors.  It is a document that is certified by an OD or MD stating that a patient qualifies for medical cannabis based on a qualifying condition.  The Physician Certification for medical marijuana is valid for 30 days.  If a patient fails to submit the certification within that time frame, a new certificate must be obtained. At AR MMJ Cards, medical cannabis card certifications are completed through telemedicine (virtual consultation) and are only $99!  To see if you qualify for a dispensary card, visit our site.

 

To begin the process for physician certification for medical marijuana, you need complete the New patient application if you are a first time card holder, or Renewing patient application, if you are renewing your medical card. Once you’ve completed your application, it will be reviewed by our qualified patient care staff. If you qualify, you’ll receive a notification of your pre-qualification and be added to the schedule to see one of our Telemedicine doctors via video or voice call.

 

Step 5 for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in AR | Apply to The Arkansas Department of Health:

 

Once a medical cannabis patient has completed Steps One through Four above, a patient or caregiver can apply to the state for approval and receive an Arkansas Medical Marijuana card, which can be used at dispensaries across Arkansas. 

 

  • Apply online or by mail for a medical marijuana card.
    • A state issued ID, physician certification (only the ADH form), and payment of fees will be required to complete the application process.  For patient and caregiver applications, the fee is $50.  If the caregiver must submit a background check (link to Step 2 above), another $37 fee is charged.
    • A patient or caregiver will create an account and then complete the application and pay fees through AMM.
    • To email a question about an application, patients can send an email to [email protected].
    • Medical Cannabis Card applications may take 10 to 14 days to process and incomplete applications will be returned. 
    • Medical Marijuana Cards in Arkansas are valid for 1 year and must be renewed annually.
  • As stated on their site, the Arkansas Department of Health, is the issuing agency and will not provide information to patients about medical marijuana doctors, legal matters, personal matters or decisions, or info about other states’ programs.
  • For more information on applying for your Arkansas medical marijuana card with the state, check out AR MMJ Card’s YouTube Video or Registration Page.

Cost for Getting a Medical Marijuana Card:

stethoscope and medical marijuana leaf on top of a piece of paper on a desk, with an ad for medical marijuana certifications for $99

To get a medical marijuana card, patients must pay for doctor certification and the Department of Health’s fees for patients or caregivers. Patients must locate a medical marijuana doctor and receive a Physician’s Written Certification and then register that certification with the State of Arkansas, to receive their mmj card. We charge $99 for the Physician’s Written Certification Form. Once you receive your certification, the state of Arkansas will charge you $50 to register your certification for a medical marijuana card.

At AR MMJ cards, patients only pay if they receive their Physician’s Written certification.  Some other doctors charge a fee for the consultation – we do not put that financial burden on our patients.  If a patient does not qualify, the patient will not pay for a visit with the doctor.  

AR MMJ Cards can accept your application for a medical marijuana certification, with or without documentation of your qualifying condition. However, medical marijuana card certification is based on health history, diagnoses, and is not guaranteed, nor will all patients qualify. To see if you qualify for a medical marijuana card, go to https://www.armmjcards.com/begin-your-certification-now/.

Contact AR MMJ Cards About Medical Marijuana Doctor Certification:

We look forward to being a part of your medical marijuana card journey!  If you have questions about doctor certification for medical marijuana with AR MMJ Cards, please email us at [email protected].

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