Arkansas News Bureau
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health said Monday it will begin accepting applications for medical-marijuana registry identification cards on June 30.
The cards will allow patients or caregivers to purchase medical marijuana at licensed dispensaries. No dispensaries have yet been licensed by the state, but the state Medical Marijuana Commission said previously it will begin accepting applications for licenses to operate dispensaries or cultivation centers on June 30.
The Health Department said Wednesday in a news release it will begin issuing registry identification cards to patients and caregivers about 30 days before medical marijuana becomes available for legal purchases in the state, which is likely to be early next year.
Applications will be available online at healthy.arkansas.gov or in paper form from the Health Department. The application process includes a requirement that the patient or caregiver obtain a written certification from a doctor that the patient has a qualifying health condition. The certification must be on an official Health Department form.
Other requirements include a nonrefundable $50 fee and a copy of a valid Arkansas