The Arkansas medical marijuana program makes it easy to qualify for and renew your medical marijuana card, offering patients the ability to purchase many different types of cannabis products across the Natural State.
When the Arkansas medical marijuana program needed to meet the demands of social distancing with COVID-19, the State quickly moved to temporarily permit telemedicine appointments.
Then, in 2021, legislation was passed to keep telemedicine for cannabis beyond the original bill’s expiration date, though legislators and offices chose to suggest alternative options for telehealth rather than the bill's language.
Now, in 2022, the Arkansas Department of Health is accepting telehealth applications for medical marijuana card renewals, and in this article, we’ll tell you how to renew your medical marijuana card online in Arkansas!
Is Telemedicine Available in Arkansas for Medical Marijuana?
Renewals Are Accepted, Initial Applications Not Currently Accepted
No one can quite figure out why the AR Department of Health refuses to implement the laws from Act 1112, which passed in April of 2021.
In many cases, representatives from the department are entirely unaware of the passage of the bill, and the legal department doesn’t have any good response either.
Nonetheless, the department has taken a slow and willfully ignorant approach to Act 1112, which made telehealth certifications for medical marijuana legal in Arkansas.
Originally, telemedicine was off the table in Arkansas, though with the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hutchinson rushed to make sure that socially distanced procedures were being implemented in the state by executing a Public Health Emergency.
Arkansas then passed Act 1112, which effectively removed the expiration date of the original Public Health Emergency, making telehealth a thing to stay, or so we thought.
No Follow-up from Arkansas DOH for Nearly 1 Year
The Arkansas Department of Health has failed to accept initial applications for medical marijuana cards through telehealth, and it’s not for lack of infrastructure.
The Department of Health was previously processing telehealth applications, so they’re certainly equipped to do so again.
Causing frustration among patients and cannabis companies in Arkansas, cultivators have even joined together to fight the bizarre ball drop from the Department of Health by filing a lawsuit against the DOH for failing to implement the law.
Now, the Arkansas DOH is accepting telehealth renewals only, and it’s unclear as to when they will begin accepting initial applications.
How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card Online in Arkansas Today
Get Your Papers Together & Book an Appointment!
The first thing to consider when renewing your medical marijuana card online in Arkansas is your current certification’s expiration date.
You’ll want to plan your renewal around a month before the expiration of your card to make sure you give the Department of Health plenty of time to review and approve your application.
Renewing your card is very similar to applying for your initial application and you only need a couple of things to be ready:
· Copy of current MMJ card
· Copy of your medical records (the same ones you used for your initial application)
· Copy of your previous MMJ application if handy
· Driver’s License
If you don’t have an updated copy of your medical records that’s alright, we’ll work with you to make sure we have everything we need before your appointment.
With your papers together, it’s time to book an appointment with one of our physicians who will help you renew your medical marijuana card online!
What Happens During Your Appointment & How Long Does it Take to Renew Your MMJ Card Online in Arkansas?
The process for renewing your card is nearly identical to the process of getting your initial medical marijuana certification, you’ll need a recommendation from a doctor, and you’ll need to submit that recommendation to the Arkansas Department of Health for review.
You’ll be able to consult with one of our compassionate doctors who will work with you individually to determine your eligibility for renewal.
If you’re still experiencing symptoms, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll be eligible for a renewal.
The appointment will be brief and thorough, and if eligible, you’ll receive a copy of your recommendation which you can submit to the Arkansas Department of Health the same way that you applied for your initial certification!
Once you receive your recommendation for renewal, you can submit your renewal application to the Arkansas Department of Health online and they’ll process your application in around 1 – 3 weeks.
You’ll need to pay the DOH the same $50 fee for your renewal that you paid them to process your initial application, though it’s a small price to pay for renewing your card entirely online in Arkansas.
You can check the DOH website day to day to see the status of your renewal application, and you can reach them at 501-682-4982 for any questions about the status of your application.
You’ll receive a new copy of your updated medical marijuana card which will have a new expiration date and you’re done!
Renewing your Arkansas medical marijuana card online is easier than ever, and you can renew your card today by booking an appointment with one of our qualified physicians!
Become an Arkansas Marijuana Patient
The Arkansas medical marijuana program offers online renewals for medical marijuana certifications. You can renew your AR medical marijuana card online today by booking an appointment with one of our doctors who will help you through the process of getting your renewal application in today!
We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way, feel free to give us a call at
844-249-8714, and we can answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Arkansas.
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