The changes medical marijuana brings to Arkansas will likely be less widespread than advocates hope or opponents fear, at least at first, recent history and research suggest.
Medical Marijuana Laws By State
Click here to see a map of when states instituted medical marijuana laws.
The voter-approved constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana use will soon fall into place. The state plans to start taking license applications for shops to distribute marijuana products and cultivation facilities in July. The people who qualify to use and possess those products could be able to apply for the necessary state cards even sooner.
Qualifying medical conditions
People with one or more of the following conditions could be eligible for medical marijuana use if their physician believes the benefits outweigh the drawbacks:
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
• Arthritis that’s considered severe
• Crohn’s disease
• Hepatitis C
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Tourette’s syndrome
• Ulcerative colitis
People are also eligible with a chronic condition or treatment for the same that causes one or more of the following:
• Cachexia or wasting syndrome
• Muscle spasms that are severe and persistent
• Nausea that’s considered severe
• Pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments for more than six months
• Peripheral neuropathy
Source: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016
Big bucks required
Medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas must show the state they can can