Cannabis in Arkansas concerns the drug cannabis in Arkansas, United States, where it had been illegal for all purposes since 1923. Possession of small amounts is a misdemeanor crime.

The possession of under four ounces of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor under state law, carrying a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year's imprisonment. For those with two existing convictions for possession, a third offense or above is treated as a Class D felony, and carries a punishment of a maximum of six years' imprisonment and a maximum $6,000 fine.

In the northwestern cities of Fayetteville and Eureka Springs, citizens voted to make adult marijuana possession offenses the lowest law enforcement priority.

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The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act was put up for referendum in the November 2012 elections. The act would have allowed for non-profit organisations to grow and sell medical marijuana and additionally permitted patients who live over five miles from a legal dispensary to cultivate a small number of plants on their own property. It was voted down with only 48.6% of voters in favor, but activists reportedly plan to continue working to pass legislation. Were the act to have passed, it would have been the first of its kind in the South.

On November 8, 2016, the state legalized medical marijuana when voters passed Issue 6 by 53%.


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  • Marijuana was criminalized in Arkansas


  • Failed 2012 legalization of medical cannabis


  • Arkansas Vote to Legalize Medical Marijuana


    53.2% of Arkansas voters approved the constitutional amendment that allows medical marijuana use for conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette's syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's disease, and more.


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