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In Arkansas, the medical cannabis program offers therapeutic options for individuals with specific health conditions. The program is designed to provide relief and improve the quality of life for patients facing serious health challenges. Understanding the qualifications required to participate in this program is the first step towards accessing medical cannabis legally in Arkansas.  

Who Qualifies for a Medical Card in Arkansas?  

To qualify for an Arkansas medical cannabis card, applicants must meet several criteria. The most significant requirements include being at least 18 years old, being an Arkansas resident with proof of residency, and having one of the state-recognized qualifying medical conditions. A physician's certification that the patient suffers from a qualifying condition is also mandatory. Additionally, all applicants must complete the application process through the Arkansas Department of Health.  

Can Minors Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas?  

Yes, minors with qualifying conditions can obtain a medical marijuana card in Arkansas. However, they must have a caregiver who is responsible for managing the cannabis treatment. The caregiver must also apply and be approved through the Arkansas Department of Health.  

What are the Qualifying Medical Conditions for an Arkansas Medical Card?  

Arkansas has officially recognized a list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use: 

Cancer - Cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. It can lead to serious health issues, depending on the type of cancer and its progression. Medical marijuana is often used to help manage pain and side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea.  

Glaucoma - Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye. Cannabis is reputed to reduce intraocular pressure, providing relief to individuals with glaucoma.  

Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) - HIV/AIDS is a viral infection that gradually weakens the immune system. Patients often experience significant weight loss, nausea, and chronic pain. Medical marijuana may help manage these symptoms and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.  

Hepatitis C - Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus. It's a chronic condition that can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Medical marijuana may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with treatment and the condition itself, such as nausea and loss of appetite.  

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control. Cannabis is sought for its potential to help manage symptoms like muscle spasms and chronic pain.  

Tourette's Syndrome - Tourette's Syndrome is a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. Cannabis may help reduce the severity and frequency of these tics in some patients.  

Crohn's Disease - Crohn's Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and malnutrition. Medical marijuana is considered by some patients to help reduce inflammation and relieve some of the discomfort associated with Crohn's disease.  

Ulcerative Colitis - Another form of IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Cannabis is thought to help with reducing inflammation and managing the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.  

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Medical marijuana is being explored as a treatment to help manage symptoms such as severe anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.  

Severe Arthritis - Severe arthritis involves inflammation and swelling of the joints that cause pain and stiffness. Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that might help in alleviating arthritis symptoms.  

Fibromyalgia - Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia is a condition that is often accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Medical marijuana may offer pain relief and improve sleep quality for those suffering from fibromyalgia.  

Peripheral Neuropathy - Peripheral Neuropathy involves damage to the peripheral nerves, leading to weakness, numbness, and pain, typically in the hands and feet. Cannabis has been explored for its potential to relieve nerve pain and improve the quality of life for individuals with this condition.  

Intractable Pain 

Intractable pain is a type of chronic pain resistant to standard treatments. It's severe and persistent, significantly impacting a person's quality of life. Medical marijuana is considered for its pain-relieving properties, offering hope to those suffering from intractable pain.  

Severe Nausea - Severe nausea can be a symptom of various medical conditions or a side effect of treatments like chemotherapy. Cannabis is well-known for its antiemetic properties, which can help relieve nausea and promote appetite.  

Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy - Seizures involve sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbances in the brain. They can cause changes in behavior, movements, and levels of consciousness. Cannabis, particularly CBD-rich strains, has shown promise in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in some patients.  

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms include fatigue, pain, spasms, and coordination problems. Cannabis is used by some patients to manage symptoms, particularly for muscle stiffness and pain.  

Muscle Spasms - Muscle spasms can be caused by various conditions, including MS and back pain. They involve sudden, involuntary muscle contractions that can be painful. Cannabis has been explored for its potential to reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms.  

Autism - Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by challenges with social interaction, speech, and nonverbal communication, along with restrictive and repetitive behaviors. Some parents and caregivers report that medical marijuana helps with managing certain symptoms associated with autism, such as aggression and anxiety.  

Alzheimer’s Disease - Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die, leading to a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral, and social skills. Cannabis is being studied for its potential neuroprotective properties and ability to help manage some behavioral symptoms of the disease.  

Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome - Cachexia or wasting syndrome involves extreme weight loss and muscle atrophy and is often seen in patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses. Cannabis may help stimulate appetite and reduce weight loss in affected patients.  

In addition to the conditions listed above, patients can submit a petition to add a new condition at the Arkansas Department of Health.  

What are the Required Documents for an Arkansas Medical Card?  

To apply for a medical cannabis card in Arkansas, the following documents are needed:  

  • Proof of Arkansas Residency: A state-issued ID or driver's license.  
  • Physician Certification: A written statement from a licensed Arkansas physician confirming the qualifying condition.  
  • Completed Application: Must be filled out through the Arkansas Department of Health's website.  
  • Application Fee Payment: A $50 fee is required to process the application.  

What's Next After Qualifying for a Medical Card?  

After confirming that you meet the criteria for a medical cannabis card in Arkansas, follow these steps:  

  • Consult with a Physician: Obtain a certification from a licensed Arkansas physician.  
  • Complete the Application: Submit your application along with the required documentation and fee to the Arkansas Department of Health.  
  • Wait for Approval: The Department of Health reviews applications, a process that can take several weeks.  
  • Receive Your Card: Once approved, your Arkansas medical cannabis card will be mailed to you, allowing you to purchase medical cannabis legally in the state.  

Need Additional Help with Your Arkansas Medical Card?  

If you're navigating the process of obtaining your Arkansas medical card and find yourself in need of further assistance, don't hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable advisors at Zen Leaf where we’re eager to help you get started on your path to wellness. 

Additionally, Arkansas residents seeking to apply for their medical card can check out the official state website for insights around registration and qualifying conditions. 

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program FAQs

Still looking to learn more about Arkansas' robust medical program? Dive into some frequently asked questions below for more insight in