Oklahoma to Vote on Relaxing Rigid Medical Marijuana Regulations

The Oklahoma Board of Health released revised draft regulations for the state’s new medical marijuana program today. The new proposed rules eliminate rigid restrictions approved by the board at a meeting earlier this month.

Implementing SQ 788

Officials are currently working to draw up rules to govern the state’s new medical marijuana program. Oklahoma voters legalized the medicinal use of cannabis in an election on June 26 with the approval of State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 percent. The initiative legalizes cannabis for medicinal use and establishes a regulatory framework for a legal supply chain.

On July 10, the board met to approve proposed rules drawn up by the Oklahoma Department of Health. But before adopting those draft regulations, the board added provisions that put tight restrictions on the new medicinal cannabis industry. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin subsequently approved the rules passed by the board.

One amendment adopted by the board would have banned the sale of smokable forms of marijuana. Another would have required each medical marijuana dispensary to have a licensed pharmacist on site to serve patients.

The board acted on demands from the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA), which had called on the board to

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