Oklahoma: Expanded protections for cannabis patients to take effect

Legislation will take effect next week expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients.


Oklahoma medical marijuana and Patient Protection Act set to go into effect

A new law going into effect later this month will protect the rights of medical marijuana patients and establish regulations for the state’s fledgling medicinal cannabis industry. House Bill 2612, or the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, as the measure is also known, will go into effect on Friday, August 30.


Oklahoma Lawsuit seeks to prevent release of medical cannabis information to police

When Oklahoma Senate Bill 1030 takes effect on August 29, it will introduce changes to the way the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) shares information with law enforcement agencies. And those changes, argue the plaintiffs in an Oklahoma lawsuit, will put patient health data at risk. SB 1030 requires OMMA to provide law enforcement with all of the information displayed on medical marijuana licenses. That includes patient licenses, which contain sensitive medical information, as well as business licenses.


These Oklahoma marijuana dispensaries are suing Facebook

Facebook can’t decide if it loves or loathes cannabis. Around this time last year, reports indicated Facebook was “shadow-banning” companies associated with legal cannabis sales and advocacy.


Oklahoma medical marijuana program’s stunning statistics

Oklahoma’s medical cannabis program continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with a staggering number of the state’s residents now registered.


The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) recently published the following updated statistics, current as at July 1.


Medical marijuana sales soaring in Oklahoma, top $23M in May

Medical marijuana sales are continuing to climb in Oklahoma, topping $23 million in May and marking the eighth straight month of growth for the new industry.

Figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show the state collected more than $1.6 million in May from the 7% excise tax on marijuana. Another $2 million was collected in state and local sales taxes.

To date, medical marijuana sales have generated nearly $10.7 million for state coffers.

Sales have grown significantly each month since dispensaries began selling cannabis in October.


Industrial hemp has potential to be a big cash crop for area farmers

The majority of the buzz around the cannabis sativa plant in Oklahoma is focused on the legalization of medical marijuana.

Overshadowed are the steps at the federal and state levels to allow the cultivation and interstate trading of industrial hemp, something that could provide an alternative crop, and financial relief, to area farmers.

Industrial hemp was farmed quite successfully in Oklahoma during the 1940s, and many are seeing the potential for the state to be a major player in the industry.

It’s not marijuana

Hemp and marijuana are often confused, and the visual similarities are one of the biggest reasons hemp has been a dormant industry for decades.


April medical marijuana sales top $18M in Oklahoma

Oklahoma tax officials say medical marijuana sales topped $18 million last month, marking the seventh straight month of growth for the new industry.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission reported Monday the state collected more than $1.2 million in April from the 7% excise tax on marijuana that is in addition to state and local sales tax also collected from medical marijuana sales.

Marijuana sales have grown significantly each month since dispensaries began selling cannabis in October.

The number of people eligible to obtain the drug also is continuing to climb. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority says it has approved more than 104,000 patient licenses since August and has licensed more than 1,400 dispensaries and 2,700 commercial growers.


Shifting public opinion gives Idaho cannabis activists hope for 2020 medical marijuana initiative

There are two reasons why Russ Belville thinks Idaho has a shot at legalizing medical marijuana in 2020: Utah and Oklahoma.

In 2018, both conservative strongholds approved medical marijuana laws.

"We are very confident that if it makes it on the ballot, it passes," says Belville, spokesman for the Idaho Cannabis Coalition. "The difficulty is in getting it on the ballot. Idaho has some of the most arduous signature requirements. But once we get it on the ballot, we're confident it will pass."

The coalition filed a petition with the Idaho Secretary of State's Office to include a medical marijuana initiative on the 2020 ballot and expects to start collecting signatures before the end of the week, Belville says.


Medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma exceeded $7 million in February

February sales data show that Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program is flourishing. In fact, the program’s runaway success is something few could have predicted when voters approved a hotly contested ballot initiative legalizing medical cannabis last June. Despite coordinated efforts to restrict and block key provisions of the voter-approved measure, Oklahoma is crafting one of the most accessible medical cannabis programs in the region. And February’s $7.2 million in medical cannabis sales makes a compelling case that they’re succeeding.


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