Arkansas

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving
Hemp

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Less than 4 oz (first offense) Misdemeanor 1 year or less $ 2,500
1 - less than 4 oz (subsequent offense) Felony 6 years or less $ 10,000
4 oz - less than 10 lbs Felony 6 years or less $ 10,000
10 - less than 25 lbs Felony 3* - 10 years $ 10,000
25 - less than 100 lbs Felony 5* - 20 years $ 15,000
100 - less than 500 lbs Felony 6* - 30 years $ 15,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Delivery
14 g or less Misdemeanor 1 year or less $ 2,500
14 g - 4 oz Felony 6 years or less $ 10,000
4 oz - 25 lbs Felony 3* - 10 years $ 10,000
25 - 100 lbs Felony 5* - 20 years $ 15,000
100 - 500 lbs Felony 6* - 30 years $ 15,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Includes possession with intent to deliver
Includes manufacture
Trafficking
500 lbs or more Felony 10* - 40 years $ 15,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Hash & Concentrates
Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.
Paraphernalia
Possession with purpose to use Misdemeanor 1 year or less $ 2,500
Possession with purpose to grow Felony 6 years or less $ 10,000
Delivery of smoking paraphernalia to a minor at least 3 years younger Misdemeanor 1 year or less $ 2,500
Delivery of growing paraphernalia to a minor at least 3 years younger Felony 5* - 20 years $ 15,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Hemp

This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.