By Eric Besson As Arkansas readies to become the first state in the Bible Belt where marijuana is legally prescribed and sold to patients, officials in Texarkana, Texas, say police there will not recognize Arkansas' pot permission slips during traffic stops and can arrest people for drug possession.
Kenny Haskin, city manager of Texarkana, Ark., said prospective marijuana growers and sellers are reaching out to him on a daily basis to ask about local rules in what will be one of the state's most unique marijuana marketplaces, where legal and illegal possession depends on a border line.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Friday began accepting applications from people seeking to grow and sell marijuana.
For Arkansans to legally possess medical marijuana, the state Department of Health, which will administer medical-marijuana registry cards, will require an Arkansas-issued identification or driver's license -- complete with a name and address that match a required doctor's certification.
The Board of Directors will consider an ordinance to require $50,000 per year for a cultivation license, $7,500 for an initial dispensary license and an $11,250 annual renewal fee for dispensaries, according to its agenda.