How to Check Your Arkansas Medical Marijuana Allotment
Arkansans have had medical marijuana since 2016, although most would agree that cultivators in the Natural state are only just getting started.
Dispensaries are slowly working towards reducing their prices, patients are easily able to apply for medical marijuana cards, and cultivators are opening up new facilities. All good signs for the next year, where we hope to see even more growth.
But while business for the back end of the medical marijuana program is flourishing, some patients are not even aware of the state medical marijuana allotment, or how to make sure their medicine is following the law.
In this article, we’ll cover what your medical marijuana allotment is, why it matters, and how to check it!
What is a Medical Marijuana Allotment?
The Arkansas medical marijuana program mandates that patients with qualifying conditions who have been approved for a medical marijuana card can purchase up to 2.5 ounces from a dispensary every 14 days.
While this might sound like a lot, in reality that’s only 5 ounces or less a month, without the ability to purchase product on a week-to-week basis at your maximum capacity.
It can also cause a problem with how your allotment rolls over, where your two-week window overlaps an additional day of the next week, because a full 14 days must pass to reset the allotment, which happens on the 15th day.
The allotments reportedly reset somewhere between the 14th and 15th day of the purchase, so that if you bought a product, 15 days later your allotment will refresh and remove that product’s weight from your allotment.
For example, you couldn’t purchase an ounce and a half on Monday the 1st, an ounce on Friday the 4th, and then another ounce on Friday the 11th.
How Does the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Allotment Work?
To make it less confusing, 2.5 ounces is around 70 grams.
Every time you purchase a cannabis product, the amount you purchased gets deducted from that total, representing either cannabis flower, or the THC in your product.
There are several ways this could work depending on your treatment plan and your spending habits, so here is an example:
Week 1 on a Monday you buy an ounce of flower. -28 (total left: 42)
Week 2 on a Monday you buy another ounce of flower. -28 (total left: 14)
Week 3 comes, and you wait until Tuesday to buy another ounce, because on Monday your allotment would not have reset from week 1. – 28 (total left: 0)
From here you would need to repeat the exact same system, now on Tuesdays, and the final week with a Wednesday.
Alternatively, you could buy your entire allotment on a Monday, and then wait 15 days and buy another 2.5 ounces.
How Can I Check My Arkansas Medical Marijuana Allotment?
Checking your allotment is important not just to know how much cannabis you can purchase, but to make sure the cannabis you are purchasing is the only thing being deducted from your allotment.
The system that the state has contracted with to manage allotments and patient purchases is notoriously buggy, with multiple complaints from dispensary owners and cultivators concerning outages, misrepresented products, and improper allotment allocations.
There have been several reports on social media that patients have checked their allotment to find there have been deductions that they did not purchase, in some cases nearly maxing out their allotment.
So, checking your allotment is important not just to know how much you have left, but to make sure it’s only your cannabis that is being deducted from it!
It’s important to stay on top of your allotment, so check it a day or so after your purchases and call the dispensary you purchased from most recently if you discover that your allotment is not correct!
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