The medical marijuana industry is going to get approval next week for applications submitted by potential patients, growers, and distributors. Starting with Friday, the state Medical Marijuana Commission will accept applications from those who want to start growing or supplying medical marijuana. The Health Department will accept applications from all applicants who want to benefit from the marijuana-as-medicine program in the Bible Belt. The period will run until September 18th, 2017.
Medical Marijuana Industry to Start its Journey
The state officials are expecting to receive as many as 20,000 to 40,000 application submissions for permission to use the drug as a treatment for a number of health problems. There will be a $50 fee for those who want to enter the medical marijuana industry chain. Those who wish to receive permission for marijuana use must submit a written certification from a physician to obtain a registration card.
This would demonstrate that the doctor has fully assessed the patient’s medical history. As such, the application must be relevant in showing a physician-patient relationship and that the patient has a specific medical condition that would qualify him for medical marijuana use. Furthermore, the applicants must have a driver’s license or state-issued ID card. And those who are under the age of 18 must have the parent or guardian consent in order to apply.
There are also fears regarding the medical marijuana industry, for Jerry Cox, the president of the Family Council, fears that there might be individuals who will try to use unlawful means to obtain marijuana even though they might not suffer from any of the 18 medical conditions listed in the law.
But, nonetheless, the Family Council has stated that, although there are some issues regarding a clearer regulation of the medical marijuana industry, the state of Arkansas has made a well-enough job regarding the establishing of rules and regulations.
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