POCOLA, Ok. – Medical marijuana cards went into effect today. Card or not, the nearly 7,000 approved patients still don’t have anywhere to buy it in Arkansas. That’s not the case in Oklahoma.
Sherri Childress is going through her inventory. She opened Wagon Hill Medical Warehouse just two weeks ago in Pocola, Oklahoma.
It sits on the other side of Arkansas. She says she’s seen patients from the Natural State cross the border looking to buy medical marijuana.
“People are wanting that card because they are wanting help,” Childress said.
Now, Arkansas patients can buy with an Oklahoma temporary medical license.
“Until Arkansas gets its stuff together, that’s the option at this point,” she said.
After applying for the temporary license, you have to wait at least 14 days to get it. It then costs $100 for 30 days before you have to renew.
She says she’s talked to several Arkansans looking at that route.
“At least there’s an option. And they are willing to pay it,” she said.
There is a federal law that states you can’t cross the state line with medical marijuana.
Childress says she hears from people in Arkansas who believes it’s taken the state too much time to get its own program going.
“Anybody coming through that door from Arkansas thinks it’s ludicrous. This is crazy that this has taken so long.”
Medical marijuana isn’t expected to start selling in Arkansas until April.