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Arkansas Marijuana Laws

Marijuana laws vary quite a bit from state to state, with a growing number of states even legalizing the federally prohibited herb. Several states also allow the medical use of marijuana with a physician's written recommendation, but each state has its own unique approach to regulation. But for the most part, states do not punish people as severely for marijuana offenses as they do for other drugs, such as heroin or methamphetamines.

Arkansas Marijuana Laws at a Glance

Arkansas drug laws allow some discretion by the court, with the possibility for up to one year of incarceration for possession of small amounts. The state also imposes mandatory minimum sentences for possession of more than 10 pounds or sale of more than 4 ounces. Possession of more than 500 pounds is considered trafficking, or "presumption of intent" to traffic.

Additional details about Arkansas's current marijuana laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Drug Charges and Patient Rights sections for more information.

Code Section 5-64-101, et seq.
Possession Less than 4 oz., 1st offense: Class A misdemeanor (max. 1 yr., $2,500 fine); 1-4 oz., and any subsequent offense: Class D felony (max. 6 yrs., $10,000 fine); 4 oz. - 10 lbs.: max. 6 yrs., $10,000 fine; 10-25 lbs.: mandatory min. 3 yrs - max. 10 yrs. and $10,000 fine; 25-100 lbs.: mandatory min. 5 yrs. - max. 20 yrs. and $15,000 fine; 100-500 lbs.: mandatory min. 6 yrs. - max. 30 yrs. and $15,000 fine.
Sale/Delivery 14 g or less: misdemeanor (max. 1 yr., $2,500 fine); 14 g - 4 oz.: felony (max. 6 yrs., $10,000); 4 oz. - 25 lbs.: mandatory min. 3 yrs. - max. 10 yrs. and $10,000 fine; 25-100 lbs.: mandatory min. 5 yrs. - max. 20 yrs. and $15,000 fine; 100-500 lbs.: mandatory min. 6 yrs. - max. 30 yrs. and $15,000 fine; increased penalty within 1000 ft. of school
Trafficking 500 lbs. or more (presumption of intent to traffick): mandatory min. 10 yrs. - max. 40 yrs., $15,000 fine
Medical Marijuana? No.

Note: State laws are always subject to change, usually through the enactment of new statutes but sometimes as the result of a higher court's ruling. You may want to contact an Arkansas drug crimes attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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