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MMJ Card Renewal Arkansas

Renewing your medical marijuana card on time ensures you can continue purchasing medical cannabis as an official Arkansas medical marijuana patient without interruption. Requiring yearly renewal holds doctors accountable and keeps patients safe by mandating an annual reassessment.

Your medical marijuana consultation allows the doctor to confirm that you have a qualifying condition and rule out new contraindications based on changes in your health or interactions with new medications you’re taking.

Being vigilant about your upcoming expiration date and assembling your application materials ahead of time will ensure your application processes quickly. Proactive renewal will help you receive approval and maintain your status as a qualifying patient or caregiver before your current card expires.

Renewal Medical Marijuanas Card Arkansas

Read on to learn about the components of a complete application, important deadlines, and how to submit an application to remain in the state’s medical marijuana program. The process of renewing your Arkansas medical cannabis card differs from those in states like Oklahoma and Missouri, which is why it’s important you learn how to navigate it before plunging into it.

When Do You Need to Renew Your Arkansas MMJ Card?

Arkansas medical marijuana cards are valid for one year from the date they’re issued. Your card expires earlier if your doctor specified a treatment period of less than one year. The expiration date appears on the front of the card.

You can submit a renewal application beginning 60 days before your expiration date. Arkansas takes up to 14 business days to process applications and sends out cards the business day following approval. Applying three or more weeks before your expiration date is the best way to ensure you don't experience a gap in your ability to purchase medical marijuana.

How to Renew Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card?

Planning the renewal of your MMJ ID card ahead of your expiration date allows you to assemble the necessary documents before you lose your right to purchase medical marijuana. Submitted documents must be valid and legible. You can apply by mail or online. Both methods require the same documents and information.

Renewal applications have the same components as initial applications. You must provide:

  • A completed copy of the registry application form. All fields must be filled in and legible. You can also apply online using your existing login or registering for an online account. The online form will guide you through the required application fields
  • A Written Certification Form completed by a medical doctor or an osteopathic physician licensed to practice in Arkansas. You can complete your medical marijuana consultation via telemedicine. The physician will simply need to confirm you still have at least one qualifying condition such as intractable pain, epilepsy, or persistent muscle spasms. The form is only valid for 30 days after the physician signs it. Be sure to have all your other materials ready before you attend your consultation
  • A copy of the front of your current Arkansas driver’s license or state ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Make sure the copy you provide is clear and legible.

Submit Documents

Next, you’ll need to mail your paper application, medical marijuana certification, supplemental documents, any state-requested medical records, and application fee in one envelope to the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham, Slot 50, Little Rock AR, 72205. Online applicants must upload clear photos of their documents to their registry account. The 14-business-day processing window begins when the state receives your patient application.

Submit Application Fee

Fees for paper applications must be paid by check or money order to the Arkansas Department of Health. Online application fees must be paid by debit or credit card. The state does not accept American Express.

It's important to submit a complete, accurate, and legible application because application fees are non-refundable.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Cost in Arkansas?

Renewal cards cost $50 for paper and online applications. Cards are valid for one year from the issue date unless your physician specifies a shorter term. The state does not refund fees for rejected applications. Be sure your application is complete and correct before submitting it to the state.

Benefits of Having a Arkansas MMJ Card

Your medical marijuana card allows you to enhance your quality of life by ensuring your right to manage your debilitating symptoms with medical cannabis. A valid medical marijuana card is the only legal way to buy, possess, and consume marijuana in Arkansas.

You are not protected under Arkansas law when possessing cannabis without a valid medical marijuana card.

Registered patients can purchase high-quality flowers, vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, and topical applications from a licensed dispensary. The cannabis sold by dispensaries contains verified THC levels and is grown under rigorous health and safety standards.

Your card allows you to obtain 2.5 ounces of cannabis per 14-day period. The state offers an online tool for you to track your allotment. As a cardholder, you will be able to ask the dispensary staff for guidance on particular strains of cannabis and product types suited to managing your qualifying medical condition(s).

Renewing Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card?

The Sanctuary can help you navigate the renewal process to ensure you submit a complete application and shorten the turnaround time on your new card. Namely, we can refer you to an experienced Arkansas medical marijuana doctor who will assess you, advise you on medical cannabis, and issue your Written Certification. Then, once you have that certification, we can guide you through the process of filling out and submitting your application to the state of Arkansas. Contact us today to learn more.

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