In Part 4 of our American Marijuana Guide, we head east from Arizona to Arkansas, the birthplace of Johnny Cash and Wal-Mart, to find out what laws the state has in place for the possession, sale and cultivation of both recreational and medical marijuana.
Possession: The possession of less than 4 ounces (113 grams) of cannabis in Arkansas is considered a misdemeanour. Possession of more than this is a felony. Possessing an ounce of marijuana or more by those who have twice been convicted of possession is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $6,000.
Sale: The “delivery” of cannabis (supply or intent to supply – with or without remuneration) carry much harsher penalties than those for possession. Delivery of less than half an ounce (14 grams) of cannabis is a misdemeanour. Delivery of more than this is a felony. Delivery of over 4 ounces attracts a three year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum of ten years. Delivery of over 25 pounds attract the same penalties as those enacted for possession.
Cultivation: Depending on the amounts cultivated and other factors, cultivation of cannabis in Arkansas is punished in accordance with either the possession or sale penalties listed above.
Medical Marijuana: The use, possession, sale and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is illegal.
Latest Legal News: In November 2012, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act was put up for referendum. The Act was drafted to allow patients to cultivate a maximum of six plants and dispensaries to sell medicinal cannabis. It was narrowly opposed with a 1.4% majority. Surprisingly, in 2014, despite increased public awareness of the benefits of medicinal marijuana, the same act failed to gain the 62,500 signatures required to place the issue on the state ballot and was therefore dismissed until 2016.
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