According to state officials, the Arkansas medical marijuana program expects 20,000 to 40,000 patients to request medical marijuana registration cards.
On June 5, 2017, Robert Brech, chief lawyer for the Arkansas Department of Health, reported the DOH’s proposed medical marijuana rules and regulations to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Public Health Committee, as reported by the Associated Press. Based upon the DOH’s estimate of up to 40,000 patients, it has recommended a medical marijuana registration card fee of $50.
In the department’s summary of public comments, some commenters brought up the cost of the card as being too high.
“The $50 fee is based on how many registrants we think we are going to have and simply divided into the cost we think it’s going to take to run the program,” the department explained. The department estimates that the medical marijuana program will cost the state $1.5 million in its first year.
According to Arkansas News, now that the DOH’s proposed rules have cleared the joint meeting and with the Arkansas medical marijuana program set to open supply chain applications on June 30, the proposed rules head for approval by the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council on June 13.