Legal status of marijuana in the state of Arkansas

Legal status of marijuana in the state of Arkansas


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.