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Doctors hesitant to certify medical marijuana conditions

In the state of Arkansas, in order for a patient to be eligible for a state-issued medical marijuana registration card, their medical conditions must be certified by a doctor. (MGN Photo)

Though many expected Arkansas’ first medical marijuana dispensaries to be open for business by spring 2018, it now seems that expectation was too optimistic. And, it appears that delay may be insignificant compared to many patients who have yet to find a doctor willing to certify their condition.

In the state of Arkansas, in order for a patient to be eligible for a state-issued medical marijuana registration card, their medical conditions must be certified by a doctor.

KATV spoke to several patients who have been under the care of doctors for years for various conditions, but when they asked their doctor to certify that they had the very condition, they were met with a resounding, "No."

KATV’s Janelle Lilley speaks to patients frustrated by the process, and to doctors who have chosen not to provide their patients with the certification necessary for access to medical marijuana. Find out why they’re refusing to sign Monday, November 20, at 10 p.m. on Channel 7 News.

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