Sweet Home Medical Marijuana Doctor
The small town of Sweet Home in Pulaski County is a majority black community. Over 24 communities in Arkansas named Sweet Home have obtained a post office over the years; this is the only community with its post office still in operation. Sweet Home’s Hanger Cotton Gin, established in the 1870s, is Arkansas’s oldest cotton gin on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas’s Confederate Soldiers’ Home was located in Sweet Home from 1890 to 1955, when it moved to Little Rock. Arkansas’ only Florence Crittenton Home for black unwed mothers was located in Sweet Home from 1950 through the early 1060s. This home was established by supporters of the Florence Crittenton home for white unwed mothers in Little Rock.
Many black residents moved away from Sweet Home during the early twentieth century as part of the Great Migration. However, the black ME and AME churches in Sweet Home continued to draw enough families and support to continue to operate. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, many black families found themselves returning to the town to farm in order to survive. Bauxite strip mining in the 1940s through the 1060s ravaged much of the area’s land and left large mounds of dirt and dangerous rainwater-filled “blue holes.” In order to swim, some black children would walk five miles from segregated Little Rock, but tragically several children and at least one carload of people drowned in the precarious open pits.
The Pulaski County School Board closed Sweet Home’s eighty-year-old elementary school in 1963. The Sweet Home Economic Opportunity Center leased the wooden-frame building as a neighborhood study center until 1968, when the school board opted to put the building up for sale. The Sweet Home Community Workers Organization (CWO) purchased the building to use a community center and paid off the building using local fundraising within four years. Zelma Miller operated the community center eleven hours a day and was assisted by Neighborhood Youth Corps workers during the summers. A weekly bible study met at the center and helped provide financial support. The Economic Opportunity Agency provided preschool classes, tutoring for school-age children, recreational equipment, and hot lunches to the elderly, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided hot meals to the children participating in recreational activities. The CWO also established a volunteer fire department and a water district with fire plugs. Eventually, the CWO tore down the school building to use the land for a fire station with trained volunteers, three trucks, and built a new community center.
Sadly, since 2000, Sweet Home’s population has declined. Its 2010 census listed the Sweet Home population as 849 residents. The CWO had become mostly inactive by the year 2000, and few businesses are open. There are still several churches of different denominations in operation, however, for the small population that remains. Carla Coleman, chair of the Black History Commission of Arkansas, grew up near her grandparents and attends church in Sweet Home.
Our mission is to increase access to legal medical marijuana certification at the lowest cost and to provide our patients with the best possible guidance regarding the safe, responsible use of medical marijuana.
There are currently 18 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana therapy that the state of Arkansas recognizes as legal and valid:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Severe arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
- Severe nausea
- Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
The Ozark MMJ Card process: a potential patient will submit the patient information form found on our website and upload a record of a qualifying condition. Within one business day, the patient will receive a phone call to schedule a concierge appointment. Visits generally take about 15 minutes, but extra time is reserved so the doctor is able to answer any questions the patient may have. Upon conclusion of the certification, the patient will receive the Physician’s Written Certification required for a State-issued medical marijuana card. We guide every patient through the process of applying with the state of Arkansas, once you have received your medical recommendation from Ozark MMJ Card’s concierge physician.
For patients without documentation of a qualifying condition, an appointment will need to be scheduled with our concierge service to confirm qualification before proceeding with medical marijuana card certification. Per HIPAA regulations, any information obtained between a physician and a patient in a bona fide medical arrangement is completely confidential and private. This is known as Protected Health Information and a third party can only obtain it with the written consent of the patient. Qualification is not guaranteed. Qualifying is based on the doctor’s determination, qualifying conditions, and a patient’s complete medical history.
Ozark MMJ Cards (Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card) was founded by Dr. Daniel Whitelocke to ensure patients receive quality care and have access to alternative medicines including medical cannabis. After extensive research on the benefits of medical marijuana card programs in other states, Dr. Whitelocke decided he wanted to help patients by offering affordable medical cannabis card certifications.