Arkansas has bad marijuana laws. In almost any case, a marijuana offense results in a felony. Below are the current Arkansas marijuana laws, courtesy of Arkansas NORML:
Decriminalized? — No.
Possession of 1 oz or less (first offense) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year and a $1,000 fine.
Possession of 1 oz or less (2nd conviction) is a felony, punishable by 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Possession of 1 oz or less (3rd conviction or higher) is a felony, punishable by 3 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Distributing or cultivating 1 oz to 10lbs is a felony, punishable by 4-10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Distributing or cultivating 10 to 100lbs is a felony, punishable by 5-20 years in prison, and a $15,000-50,000 fine.
Distributing or cultivating 100lbs or more is a felony, punishable by 6-30 years in prison, and a $15,000-100,000 fine.
Possession or cultivation within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or community center is a felony, punishable by an additional 10 years in prison in addition to other related penalties.
A second conviction for the same distribution or cultivation offense can result in double penalties.
Distributing to a minor at least 3 years younger than the seller can result in double penalties.
Possessing paraphernalia with nothing else is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Possessing paraphernalia in conjunction with another felony is itself a felony, punishable by 3-10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, in addition to other related penalties.
And conviction for marijuana results in suspension of driving privileges for 6 months, and/or 1 year for a CDL.
The state allows conditional release for first time prosecutions, and after completion of diversion, the offender’s record does not show a criminal charge.
Medical Program? — No.
Want to help change marijuana laws in Arkansas? Below are some great places to get started, via our Arkansas activism page:
Arkansas NORML Is putting the finishing touches on our non-profit status with the state and we are actively recruiting new members to help us in the fight for medical marijuana and legalization here in the Bible Belt. Come join us!
Officers: Glen Schwarz (Executive Director)
U. Arkansas NORML has been educating our campus and community with screenings of movies like “Busted”, “The Union”, and Walter Cronkite’s “End the War on Drugs” and guest speakers like Keith Stroup, Norm Stamper, and Mason Tvert. Join us for public meetings every other THU.
Officers: Casey Bailey (Treasurer), Stephen Duke (President), Juliet Smith (Publicity Chair), Evan Ray (Webmaster), Robert Pfountz
Americans For Safe Access
Marijuana Policy Project in Arkansas