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

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(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.