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Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Arkansas?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Arkansas can have a caregiver.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • The individual you are providing care for must be physically disabled or a minor.
  • Complete a criminal background check with no convictions of an excluded felony offense.
    • Parents of a minor are not required to complete a criminal background check.
    • Criminal background check may take up to 4-5 weeks to complete.
  • Be an Arkansas resident with proof of residency (AR Driver’s License or AR State ID card).
  • Caregivers may also be a registered qualifying patient.
  • Caregivers can serve more than one patient, and patients can have more than one caregiver.
  • Caregivers must apply for a registry card for each patient in their care.
  • State law prohibits members of Arkansas National Guard and United States Military from obtaining a registry ID card.

Caregivers can complete an online application (preferred) or a mail-in application. To apply online as a caregiver in Arkansas, follow this process:

  1. Register and create an account: https://mmj.adh.arkansas.gov/
  2. Complete the caregiver application form separately from the qualifying patient.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee, and $37 background check fee (if applicable). 
  4. You will know if your application has been approved within 14 days of submission and payment.

If you would like a mail-in application, you can download the form here or call (833) 214-8619.