Arkansas

Arkansas

79,444
Registered Patient Population
2.63%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
33
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
2,407 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical cannabis is legal in Arkansas; however, patients report limitations to access due to few dispensaries throughout the state in addition to high prices and taxes. Patients and caregivers in Arkansas may possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Patients visiting Arkansas may apply as out of state patients and pay a $50 fee to use in state dispensaries for a 30 day period.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 84/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 20/20
Parental Rights Protections 20/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 15/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 4/5
Access to Medicine 43/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 8/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 10/20
- Authorizes Delivery 10/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 0/10
Personal Cultivation 0/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 15/30
Reciprocity 10/20
Program Functionality 51/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 16/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 8/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 0/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 0/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 4/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 2/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 3/5
Access to Administration Methods 10/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 5/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 0/5
Affordability 43/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 10/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 13/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 81/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 25/25
Access for Minors 9/10
Access in Underserved Areas 1/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 10/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 5/10
Organ Transplants 5/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 1/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 34/200   
Total 7/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 0/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 4/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 0/1
- Aflatoxins 0/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 0/7
Total 9/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 2/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 6/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 0/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 0/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/5
Total 12/50
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Product Testing 5/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 5/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 7/13
Total 6/50
Independent or Third-Party 0/5
Laboratory Sampling 5/5
Method Validation 0/4
Quality Management Systems 0/5
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 1/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Result Reporting 0/4
Score Penalties 12/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 0/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 2/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 10/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 0/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 0/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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