OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma pushed ahead with emergency rules Tuesday aimed at fast-tracking operations of the medical marijuana industry, but not before concerned health officials tacked on requirements that cannabis advocates say will only slow things down.
The state Board of Health narrowly voted to prohibit the sale of smokable marijuana and require that dispensaries must have a pharmacist on staff. The board’s own attorney advised against the additions, and the changes rankled medical marijuana proponents who accused the board of defying the will of the people.
“The people were clear. They wanted to be able to smoke medical marijuana,” said former state Sen. Connie Johnson, a longtime advocate for legalized marijuana. “This flies in the face of what the people wanted.”