More than 200 companies have applied to the state to obtain licenses to sell their products.
But the state Department of Health and Human Services says there are more than 3,000 applications and the process is expected to take about four years.
“We’re looking for people who are licensed to sell medicinal products,” Dr. Jeffrey R. Zimlich, chief medical officer of the state’s licensing board, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.
“We’re not looking for folks who are not licensed to do medicinal work.
We are looking for those who have the proper licensing, who have a license, and who are able to apply.”
The state said the applications must be received by the end of May and the licenses are issued within 30 days of approval.
The application process includes a written, three-page application with a completed application fee of $25.
The application includes the names and contact information of the applicant, the product they are selling and a photo of the person they are recommending.
Applicants must also prove they have the right to practice medicine.
The department also recommends they meet certain requirements.
“They must be able to meet a minimum of two hours of work per week for at least five years,” Dr Ruzich said.
The state has also posted a list of approved herbal medicine doctors.
The AP’s Tom Johnson contributed to this report.