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How to Get Your Medical Cannabis ID Card in Arkansas

Nov, 2020
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Compared to other states, getting your ID card so you can get your cannabis medicine in Arkansas is pretty easy. Furthermore, it only takes about 10-14 days to process. Learn how to get your medical cannabis ID card today in Arkansas!

The first step to MMJ access in the Natural State is getting your physician certification. You’ll be asked to submit a picture of your written doctor certification form when you apply.

You can knock out this first step in no time on Elevate Holistics’ convenient, secure, and easy-to-use online platform. Our cannabis doctors specialize in the MMJ patient certification process and will compassionately conduct a same-day telehealth visit with you. You can do it right from home, on your phone or computer—hassle-free and without compromising your time or health with a doctor’s visit. 

Read on to find out everything you need to get your ID card in your pocket and access to Arkansas’ approved cannabis dispensaries. 

Who Can Get a Medical Marijuana Card in AR?

In order to qualify for a patient ID card in AR, you must:

  • Be 18 or older (minors can apply with parental consent)
  • Have proof of Arkansas residency (state-issued driver’s license or ID)
  • Not be a member of the Arkansas National Guard or U.S. military
  • Have a current diagnosis of and written physician certification for one of the following qualifying conditions: 
    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • 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
    • Severe arthritis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • 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

Steps for Getting an MMJ ID Card in Arkansas

1. Get Certified by a Doctor

In order for a physician to certify you for medical marijuana, they must be licensed and in good standing in the state of Arkansas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth visits are available in Arkansas and encouraged. Elevate Holistics is an expert online telehealth platform that can get you an appointment and certification with a compassionate cannabis doctor on the same day. Just book the next available appointment with Elevate Holistics and get certified so you can begin the application process for your MMJ ID card.

2. Create an Account With ADH

  • Go to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) website and click on the red “Apply Online” button.
  • Click on the blue “Patient Registration” button.
  • Click on “New Patient Registration”.
  • Enter a valid email address and password (remember these because you will need them again).
  • Check your email for “Confirm Your Account” email (you may need to check your trash or spam folder).
  • Confirm your account.

3. Apply for Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card

You will need to complete an application. You can do this online or by mail. Online is recommended. But if you want to mail one in, you can find the patient application form here. You will need:

  • Your social security number
  • Your military status
  • To sign (electronically)
  • To upload a picture of your state ID
  • To upload a picture of your physician certification

4. Pay

When your application is complete, you will need to pay the $50.00 fee using a debit or credit card (American Express is not accepted). All fees are nonrefundable.

5. Print Your ID Card

In the next 10-14 days, check the status of your application. If approved, you may print your card. If you do not print your card, the ADH will mail it to you.

6. Visit an Arkansas Dispensary

Once you have your MMJ ID card, you’ll be ready to head to an Arkansas dispensary. Remember, in order to be protected under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, your cannabis must be labeled from an Arkansas dispensary.

If you need someone to pick up your medical cannabis for you, you can designate a caregiver (friend, family member, etc.) to purchase on your behalf. They must be an Arkansas resident over 21 and pass a background check. For more information, check out our Arkansas Caregiver Process post.

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