With medical marijuana potentially available in about two months in Arkansas, the more than 7,000 patients approved to buy it in the Natural State are receiving their Arkansas Medical Marijuana Registry ID cards.
The Arkansas Department of Health says the letters started going out Monday, notifying the recipients their cards will take effect Feb. 15th. The cards are valid for the time frame specified on the certification form completed by the patient's physician.
The health department letter warns patients to protect their ID cards. Should they be misplaced, there could be a delay in receiving a replacement. Replacements will be processed after all new applicants have been issued cards.
Meanwhile, the House rules committee is set to take up a bill sponsored by Rep. Doug House of North Little Rock increasing the number of qualifying conditions for the drug from 18 to 57. The bill would then also remove glaucoma as a qualifying condition.
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