LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Health will accept medical marijuana registry identification card applications on June 30.

In order to purchase medical marijuana, you must have one of these cards. Cards will be issued to qualifying patients and caregivers 30 days before medical marijuana is available to buy in the state. Medical marijuana is expected to be available by early next year.

To apply for medical marijuana, you need a written certification from a doctor that you have a qualifying condition. This has to be written on an ADH form; ADH will not accept letters from doctors. The ADH forms, called Physician Certification Forms, will be available starting June 23.

Other things required in the application process are: a $50 fee, a copy of a valid Arkansas driver's license or Arkansas state-issued identification, and an application form.

The application must be submitted to ADH by the patient or caregiver, if someone else tries to submit an application for you the application will not be accepted.

Medical marijuana cards must be renewed at least annually, but could need to be renewed sooner than that if specified by a doctor. The $50 application fee must be paid each time the card is renewed.

Click here for a link to the online application system starting June 30, or you can request paper form by contacting the ADH's medical marijuana program at 501-661-2367.

"Even though ADH is accepting applications, possession of marijuana is still illegal in the state unless purchased in licensed dispensaries by cardholders," according to the Arkansas Department of Health.