by Jessi Turnure
(KARK) Arkansas medical marijuana patients will soon be able to buy the product in Oklahoma.
The Arkansas Department of Health announced Wednesday it anticipates issuing registry ID cards within the next 30 days, pending next week’s Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) meeting where commissioners plan to award the state’s 32 dispensary licenses.
“With the recent news in Oklahoma, the calls have spiked today,” said Connie Melton, the department’s Health Systems Licensing and Certification branch chief.
On New Year’s Day, a medical marijuana dispensary, Pharm 788, opened in Roland, 10 minutes from the Arkansas border. Oklahoma accepts out-of-state patients with a valid ID card.
The more than 6,700 patients approved in Arkansas have only received letters. The health department planned to print the cards one month prior to the product’s availability at dispensaries.
“We didn’t want the patients to have their cards expire and have to pay again to renew a card when they hadn’t even had an opportunity to purchase any medical marijuana,” said Melton.
The renewal fee is $50.