The entire process of getting a marijuana card can be completed online. Many medical marijuana clinics offer telemedicine services, so you can obtain a copy of your certificate over the phone or internet. Your telehealth appointment will consist of the same review of your medical records and discussion about medical marijuana as a typical in-person office visit.
If your provider recommends marijuana for you, they will issue a certificate on the official Arkansas Department of Health site. You may then apply online through the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Registry System. A valid email address is required to set up an online account.
Once logged in, you can complete the step-by-step application. Applicants must upload a clear photo of their identification card, upload a clear photo of the physician’s certificate (which must be on the approved Department of Health form), and pay the $50.00 application fee by credit or debit card.
Online applications are processed within 14 business days. You can print a copy of your card from your online account once your application is approved. The state will also mail you a physical card.
Arkansas Medical Marijuanas Card Renewal
Your card expires one year from the issuance date or at an earlier date if your physician designates an earlier expiration. The state recommends that you begin the renewal process at least 30 days before your card expires.
Renewing by mail requires an updated patient registry application, an updated written certification from your physician, a clear photocopy of your current Arkansas driver’s license or ID, and a check or money order payable to the Arkansas Department of Health for the $50.00 renewal fee.
Renewing online requires logging into your registered account. You then upload an updated written certification from your physician, a photo of your current Arkansas driver’s license or ID, and pay the $50.00 renewal fee by credit or debit card.
Applications are processed within 14 business days, and renewed cards are mailed to patients who are approved. The renewal fee is non-refundable. If your card expires, you will lose your ability to purchase cannabis until you obtain a new card.
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Prices
There are more than 30 medical marijuana dispensaries located throughout Arkansas. Medical marijuana is not usually covered by private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid because it is not an FDA-approved treatment option and remains federally banned. However, you should still verify your coverage with your provider just in case.
Arkansas dispensaries sell several types of medical cannabis. Your physician can provide advice about the proper type of product for your condition and your treatment goals.
Dispensary staff members are also trained to make recommendations based on the effects of various types of cannabis. Prices vary based on the dosage and type of product you consider. In general, you can expect to see these kinds of prices:
- Flower for Smoking: $15/gram
- Tinctures for Oral or Under-the-Tongue-Application: $30/mg
- Edibles for Consumption: $10 to $30 per package depending on the number of servings per package
- Vape Cartridges for Smoking: $50 per cartridge
- Ointments and Creams for Topical Application: $60 per tube