Recommending Cannabis in Arkansas
Medical cannabis may be recommended by either by a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathic medicine. The doctor must be licensed in the state of Arkansas and have a current certification from the DEA to prescribe controlled substances. In recommending cannabis the doctor must certify that in the physician's professional opinion the patient has a qualifying condition that can be treated with medical cannabis. The form for a the Arkansas Department of Heath Medical Marijuana Physician Certification is available here. The physician must review the patient's medical history and current medical condition in the course of a bona fide patient physician-relationship.
Physicians are not subject to criminal or civil penalties, including discipline from their professional licensing board solely for providing written certifications for medical cannabis. However, nothing in Arkansas law prevents a licensing board for taking action when a physician has committed malpractice.