LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a news release on the passage of Issue 6 concerning medical marijuana.
The Wednesday morning release listed the new responsibilities added to the agency.
ADH states those include "rulemaking, issuance of Registry Identification Cards, tracking of dispensed marijuana and other operations."
Maintenance of a database for dispensaries, regulating labeling, testing standards, and establishing reasonable fees are also among the requirements. In addition, ADH must also consider public petitions to "add additional medical conditions to the list of qualifying conditions" and submit annual reports to the state.
According to the agency, it does not currently have the infrastructure for the program and it may take "several months" to fulfill the requirements.
Issue 6 allows qualified patients and designated caregivers the ability to apply for Registry Identification Cards, according to ADH.
A page on the ADH website will continue to be updated as the process continues.
An information hotline has been set up at 501-661-2367.
ADH points to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for questions on cultivation and dispensing requirements. The department's number is 501-682-1675.
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