Out-of-state medical marijuana patients can buy in OK, so does that affect AR?

(This story has been updated to note that Arkansas residents approved for medical cannabis cards have not yet received them.)

Out-of-state medical marijuana cardholders qualify for temporary licenses to purchase cannabis products in Oklahoma, and that could lead to an uptick in sales for the state’s MMJ retailers and growers.

Patients with valid out-of-state medical marijuana IDs qualify for a $100, 30-day renewable temporary license that allows them to buy, use or grow MMJ in the Sooner State, according to TV station KTHV.

The allowance for out-of-state patients could eventually attract customers from neighboring Arkansas, where nearly 6,500 people have been approved for MMJ cards, according to Little Rock-based KTHV. Those Arkansas residents have not received their cards yet, however.

The medical marijuana market in Arkansas has been plagued by delays.

Oklahoma moved quickly to establish a business-friendly commercial cannabis market after voters approved medical marijuana in June 2018.

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28 comments on “Out-of-state medical marijuana patients can buy in OK, so does that affect AR?
  1. jim on

    Sure would be nice but we haven’t received our cards yet. And I don’t think OK is going to accept the letter I got saying that my application was approved. So I will just have to keep the local drug dealers in business for the time being.

    • jd on

      no,but here’s the big deal—-if ,once you get a card,the dispensary’s will soon run low on product.driving prices up…..the black market will be poised to move in…could be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective….they(gov’)lie and delay,they propagandize information and play with peoples lives and health for power,control and money….and still they wonder why people take advantage of bureaucratic loopholes………….rest assured that “hpd” will be very busy on (I 40) to and from ft smart and choose a safer route…….the state line thing is a federal felony…….

      • Not You on

        If the possession of cannabis is legal in both States on either side of the state line, then I doubt anyone gets caught and prosecuted by federal agents for crossing the line with their medicine.

        • PattiLynn on

          I have my Arkansas Medical Marijuana card I don’t like smoking Marijuana I can’t stand the smell so I was doing the THC Tincture and gummies until I visited Oklahoma and i tried a 50mg sucker. I’m hooked but it sucks to Oklahoma,sales suckers but Arkansas are not selling suckers because they say it is dangerous to have suckers because kids will see them. In the wrapper. That’s not true you can’t see what it is when it’s in the wrapper. And what’s the difference kids eat gummies all the time and it’s ok to have marijuana gummies but no sucker. My first sucker I started with eating half of it I didn’t think it was working so I ate the rest of it. About 1 to 2 hrs later I couldn’t pick my arms and legs up. I hate I have to go to Oklahoma for what works for me. ARKANSAS is missing out on some money I’ll drive to Oklahoma once or twice a month Oklahoma is so much cheaper than we are

          • Rosemary on

            Where do you live? I live in Texas. Can I purchase edibles in Oklahoma? Have insomnia and need it only for night time
            Just don’t know how to do it.

    • DOBBER on

      Actually once it’s legal prices will eventually drop and you will still go to the dealer instead of paying 25% tax. Unless your getting shatter or concentrate which is 87-95%;pure THC 4 vape hits will have you praying to God even if you don’t even believe in him. 200 hits per $50 cartridge $22-35 in Colorado

    • Carnie Masterson on

      I’m in Missouri and hear that initially it will be too expensive and until hype slows and competition gets more intense it’s going to be like that. Also, I have an e license. It’s files on my phone. You can request or print one out but they are going paperless. Have e-card and photo id. But my friend said it may take awhile for some to afford dispensaries. But that’s ok. I’m doing alright. At least I’m legal when I own it.

    • Jeffery Saint on

      Oklahoma medical marijuana authority, is really, a conservative organization that takes a ridiculous amount of time, sometimes up to 4 to 6 weeks to get approved. Which kind of defeats the whole purpose of a temporary, medical marijuana license. It is absurd. It is absolutely ridiculous to apply for a temporary card and it takes possibly longerThen you can even have the license. It is just a money making scam for people who hate marijuana users. They are placed in this organization to slow everything down and make it as complicated as humanly possible

    • Angela Denise on

      I agree with that but for some being legal and using less to be legal in many cases is what will be necessary. I mean who wants to live on zanex which is hell to come off of. At least then you could be legal buy illegal. It is crazy do these lawmakers not get it that they are creating chaos!

  2. Farah Bazzrea on

    i think the entire idea of charging citizens for the “right” to fill their prescriptions is scandalous. why don’t they charge an annual fee for having opioid prescriptions filled?

    just more govt stupidity

  3. C. Lewis on


    • james on

      The cole memorandum states that the federal government will not attempt to prosecute people in possession of marijuana if the states they are in has legalized marijuana.

  4. John on

    I live with chronic pain. And I just had minor brain and ear drum surgery for abenign tumor. The headaches and constant pain in my neck make it hard. They had me on so many pain meds. But I had to stop, I don’t want to be on them anymore. I live in West Virginia where they can’t get their crap together for this medical marijuana bill that was passed quite sometime ago. I can’t get a card in PA, MD or in my own state and don’t understand why? I won’t support the local drug dealer and won’t take a chance on hurting my family. So I just deal with it. Too bad I don’t live in Oklahoma.

  5. John on

    These is ridiculous, Vagas is the only state where u can buy mmj with a out of state mmj card. I’ve been to alot of states and tried. Now they want u to pay $100 for a 30 temporary MMJ card for when you’re out of state … Meds are meds. You can take your prescription of opiates any state in the United States and get it filled but you can’t get your medical cannabis filled anywhere in the United States what a joke thanks to our worthless government …

  6. Rebecca Baglin on

    Arkansas took my money and my prescription in February I received my medical card on March 16th and it expires on March 13 2020 and it is now may 7th and there is still no dispensary open in this state I feel like I was mugged for 200 bucks I’m in pain management and you now have to have a medical card if you use marijuana to help with pain and the PTSD from living in unmanageable pain if you’re in pain management and insurance will not pay for the appointment so it’s $150 a year to be certified and another $50 for the card so in 10 months I’ll have to pay all over again to keep my card and I can’t even get my prescription but they took my money it seems criminal or a scam

  7. Mike on

    Arkansas should be sued for what the state is doing to their residents. It is ridiculous charging $150 for a doctor to fill out a form then $50 a year for a mm card. Is that a requirement to get an opioid prescription???? NO! The whole process is disgusting.

  8. Misty on

    I am from Oklahoma and took my family to Petit Jean State Park to go camping this past weekend. Within the first two hours we had the park ranger at our campsite asking where the weed was at. My husband & mother in law both have their license and brought some home grown and 1/2 oz of some bought from our regular dispensary. They confiscated his medicine and gave him a citation for possession. They told us it had to be purchased from a dispensary in the state of Arkansas. We were advised as of July 19th 2019 there were 6 dispensaries approved with only 3 dispensaries open state wide. He has had both hips replaced one in Nov 2018 & one in March 2019. He does not take the opoids subscribed to him instead he smokes his green and is able to keep on going to work as a plumber. So we are out $250 worth of medicine and probably a fine of $400 (dont know how much $ as of Mon 7/22).

  9. Carla R Reed on

    I seems as even though states have legalized medical pot they are resisting to implement measures to supply product to those that qualify for the product. Passive aggressive legislating?

  10. SEA on

    I didn’t have to pay but fifty bucks for my card my pain Doctor didn’t charge for the perpscription. He’s a good pain doctor in Harrrison Ar he works for interventional pain centers out of Mt home they don’t check for thc so they were right up my ally since my thc filled urine got me kicked out of my last pain Doctor. I don’t really want to put his name out there but I don’t want to answer emails all day either. If more opiates are what your after you need to do more research he’s not a pill pusher. God bless you all I hope,this helps Arkansas has this mm thing all messed up. All I can say is make our gov pay at the polls election time, get out and vote, do your civil dutys for those that can’t vote.

  11. Liz Ott on

    I’ve lived in Texas since 1997, and I have been a chronic pain patient for almost as long. The past 3 yrs they have cut me down several times and FORCED me to change to a different type of medication that is supposed to be good, but it does absolutely NOTHING for me! I spent about 6 MONTHS in bed, hurting so bad I couldn’t do anything at all! I keep telling my pain mgmt drs that I am still in severe pain, but they can’t do shit to help me. I am NOT ALLOWED TO BE COMFORTABLE!

    I never failed a drug screening. I never called them with made up stories about how I dropped the bottle and lost my pills. I have NEVER done anything inappropriate with my medications and I took them EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED. It doesn’t matter because I was still cut down/off regardless. It’s a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care and it’s horrifyingly WRONG! It’s impossible to “treat” five different patients with five different conditions the exact same way and achieve any symptom relief for any of them. That’s how they do it here & I can’t take it anymore. I’m tired of losing MONTHS OF MY LIFE because I don’t have any pain medications that WORK! It’s like being falsely imprisoned, but inside your own body and no chance of being released.

    Pain Patients are suffering so terribly because of the games they are playing with our lives, a significant number of them have committed suicide. Just to make it stop. How many people have to DIE before it’s too many? How many lives have to be lost before they make the RIGHT CHOICES FOR EVERYONE?

    There’s a program here, technically, but it’s a total JOKE! The MAX STRENGTH of the cannabis OIL (it’s all that’s permitted) is
    0.5%. Half of one percent. The MAX STRENGTH of CBD being sold legally in Texas is 0.3%. The difference between the thc that’s allowed in the state is 0.5% and the max of the thc in any CBD is 0.3%, so a range that is legal here is 0.2% THC. The list of “qualifying conditions” EXCLUDES PAIN, PTSD, and Anxiety. The rules and paperwork are insanely restrictive AND everything is paid out of pocket!

    The worst thing of all is they called it the Texas Compassionate Use Program!! It’s everything BUT COMPASSIONATE.

    That is NOT WORTH giving up my rights to bear arms and protect my family! Not even close.

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