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Marijuana Laws Arkansas
In 2011, there were 5,665 marijuana arrests reported by Arkansas state law enforcement. Of those arrests, 89% were for marijuana possession. Marijuana use is not decriminalized in the state of Arkansas and medicinal marijuana is not legal. 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.
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