Created to provide helpful information about the Arkansas Cannabis Industry.


Information will be updated here as it becomes available. Check back for updates!  Please note; while we aim to keep this pages fully up to date with the latest information, cannabis laws are always changing.  We encourage you to verify these rules and regulations in the official legal text, which we’ve linked throughout the page for your convenience.

In order to apply for a marijuana business license in Arkansas, prospective applicants are required to prove possession of  $200,000 in security bond, with a minimum of $100,000 in liquid assets in order to be considered, in addition to the following:

applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must be a resident of Arkansas for seven (7) consecutive years
  • Has not previously held a marijuana license for a dispensary or cultivation facility that has been revoked
  • Holds no ownership or stake in identical licenses in the state; cultivation licensees may not have stake in additional cultivation licenses and vice-versa for dispensaries
  • Has not been convicted of an excluded felony offense
  • If possessing any professional license, the license must be in good standing
  • Has no outstanding tax delinquencies with the state of Arkansas

Cultivators (also commonly referred to as Producers or Growers) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Manufacturer’s. Limited Cultivation Licenses are limited to 500 sq ft.

Arkansas Cannabis Cultivation Center Licenses

In Arkansas, a marijuana cultivation license permits the license holder to cultivate, prepare, manufacture, process, package, sell and deliver usable marijuana to a dispensary.  Applications will not be considered without all required information, documentation, and applications fees.

  • Cultivation Facilities may grow and possess usable marijuana in an amount reasonably necessary to meet the demand for and needs of qualifying patients as determined by the commission.
  • Cultivation Facilities are also permitted to possess marijuana seeds.
  • Regulations allow for 5 Cultivation Center Licenses throughout the state.

The Medical Marijuana Commission will establish an open application period for available licenses.

Cannabis Cultivation License Application Fees:

  • $15,000 application fee
    • If the application is unsuccessful, 50% ($7,500) will be refunded to the applicant
  • $100,000 annual license fee
  • If you are awarded a cultivation license, applicants have 7 days to submit a $100,000 cultivation facility license fee in certified funds.

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrack also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.

Laboratories can test cannabis for concentration and contaminants.  Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo Quality Assurance testing.

Arkansas Laboratory Licenses

Licensing information for Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laboratories has not yet been defined by the state.  Information will be updated here as it becomes available.

Retail Marijuana stores sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults 21 and over in compliance with local regulations.

Arkansas Dispensary Licenses

  • The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will be awarding 32 marijuana dispensary licenses.
  • The commission will establish an open application period for available licenses.
  • Licenses will be distributed within eight (8) geographic zones, which are yet to be determined.  This is in an effort to ensure accessibility to medical marijuana across the state.
  • Arkansas offers two different types of dispensary licenses; one for solely dispensing, and a 2nd for cultivating dispensaries, which permits the dispensary to cultivate (grow) their own product for retail sale.
  • Dispensaries licensed to grow can have up to 50 mature plants and 150 immature plants.

Dispensary License Fees:

  • $7,500 application fee
    • If an application is unsuccessful, the applicant will be reimbursed 50% ($3,750) of their application fee
  • $15,000 one-time licensing fee
  • $22,500 annual license fee

Cultivating Dispensary Fees:

If awarded, the applicant must pay a dispensary license fee of $25,000 in certified funds.

Dispensaries may grow or possess:

  • 50 mature marijuana plants at one time
  • 150 immature marijuana plants at one time (clones for retail sale)

A dispensary also may contract with a cultivation facility to cultivate one or more mature marijuana plants the dispensary is permitted to grow.

Non-Cultivating Dispensary Fees:

  • If awarded, the applicant must pay a dispensary license fee of $2,500 in certified funds

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Saleand inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrack has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

You can view a full list of required documentation and information for Arkansas Dispensary Licenses here.

Where can I apply for a dispensary license?

A dispensary application can be found here.

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: TBD

How can I get an Arkansas Medical Cannabis Card?

Currently, Arkansas is not distributing Medical Marijuana Cards because they are yet to award business licenses and implement locations for dispensing the medicine.  Once the state launches the necessary licensing, patients will be able to receive a written recommendation from a physician to apply for a Registration Identification Card, which is issued by the Department of Health.

What are the qualifying conditions for Medical Cannabis in Arkansas?

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Immunodeficiency Virus/Syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

In addition to, “A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one ore more of the following:

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Intractable Pain

More than six (6)  months of the following conditions:

  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms

Arkansas Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info

Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Program is operated by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.  The commission is made up of 5 members, which were selected as the inaugural members in December 2016.

  • Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D. – Chairwoman (Appointed by Governor Hutchinson)
  • James Miller (Appointed by Senator Dismang)
  • Dr. J. Carlos Roman M.D. (Appointed by Senator Dismang) (2 Year Term)
  • Dr. Stephen J. Carroll, PharmD. (Appointed by Representative Gillam) (2 Year Term)
  • Travis W. Story, Esq. (Appointed by Representative Gillam)

Other entities involved include:

Preview of the Arkansas Support Doc:

AR Support Document

Are you applying for an Arkansas cannabis business license?

The BioTrack support doc provides valuable content to your business license application and addresses the following requirements related to cannabis seed to sale tracking and inventory management.  For more info or to acquire your support doc, please contact our sales team.

  • Section (96) (ii)
    • Description of Cultivation Procedures
  • Schedule 2C
    • Prevention of Diversion
    • Storage of Medical Marijuana
  • Schedule 2D
    • Labels
    • Description of Process for Weighing, Seed to Sale Tracking, and Inventory Management
  • Schedule 2E
    • Transport Manifests

For more information and to acquire an Arkansas medical cannabis business license, please contact our Sales team.


Compliance is in our minds through all facets of our Seed-to-Sale Cannabis Tracking

  • Custom Compliance-Focused Reporting
  • Track Waste, Destruction and Account for Conversion and Moisture Losses
  • Transport Manifests With All Necessary Information
  • Real-Time Patient and Customer Limit Tracking
  • Real-Time Product Recalls
  • Compliant Labels Customized with Your Business Logo, Name, and Much More

Whether you’re utilizing a locally hosted server or our state-of-the-art cloud hosting service, rest easy knowing that your data security is one of our top priorities. This is why BioTrack was the first publicly traded seed-to-sale software company to complete both a SOC 2 Type I & Type II audit.

Adherence to state and local cannabis regulations in all active markets. Print compliant labels, enforce sales limits, and verify recommendations quickly and accurately. Regular system updates ensure compliance if regulations change.

Take advantage of over 100 advanced reports to make profit-minded decisions based on predictive yields, sales trends, average wait time and more. Need to upload financial reports to an accounting system? Easily export reports, save in the desired format, and upload.

Live Phone, Chat, and Email support from 8am-8pm PST. Supplement initial training with online tutorials, wikis, and monthly best practices features.


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