Legal status of marijuana in the state of arkansas

Legal status of marijuana in the state of arkansas
Adam Parsons

Find out about the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Arkansas. Is marijuana illegal? Better safe than sorry!


Medical marijuana is legal for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician in Arkansas since the beginning of 2017.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arkansas include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe arthritis
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

Any chronic or debilitating disease or treatment of diseases which produce one or more of the following:

  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • intractable pain
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • seizures (including characteristic of epilepsy)
  • severe nausea
  • severe or persistent muscle spasms (including characteristic of multiple sclerosis)


The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are illegal in Arkansas.

Getting caught with up to 4 oz (114 grams) is considered Class A misdemeanour if it is your first offence and can lead to up to a maximum of 1 year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.

Getting caught a second time or with more than 4 oz can lead up to 6 years in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Arkansas regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Adam Parsons
Adam Parsons

As a professional cannabis journalist, author, and copywriter, Adam has been writing about all things psychoactive, CBD, and everything in between for a long time. In an ever-changing market, Adam uses his BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree to keep in stride with contemporary research and contributing worthwhile information to all of his projects.