Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t change its status in prisons

For Oklahoma inmates, the state’s legalization of medical marijuana will not translate into access in the state prison system.

Marijuana of any type will still be contraband behind bars, mirroring the path other states have taken by partially or fully legalizing marijuana but not allowing it in prisons.

Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh declined to answer questions about inmates’ access to medical marijuana.


Oklahoma: Health board to call special meeting to consider amending medical marijuana rules

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to hold a special meeting to consider amending the rules regulating medical marijuana.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday advised the board to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Officials with the health board released the following statement,

"The Board of Health appreciates the quick review by the Attorney General and acknowledges the advice and counsel regarding the prior adoption of emergency rules on State Question 788. The legal analysis by the Attorney General provides clarity on several rules and the legal authority we have to construct a regulatory framework for a state-wide medical marijuana program.


Oklahoma republicans join fight against medical marijuana restrictions

Republicans aren’t happy with Oklahoma’s medical marijuana restrictions.

Republican Party groups in Oklahoma have joined the fight against restrictions added by regulators to the state’s new medical marijuana program. On June 26, voters passed State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 percent. The measure legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in the state and creates a regulated supply chain to provide medicine to patients.


Amid much debate, Oklahoma implements a THC limit for its new medical program

Medical professionals in the state argued marijuana doesn’t need to be stronger than 12% THC, but patients are saying that’s not true.

On Tuesday (July 10), Oklahoma’s Board of Health decided to limit the amount of THC allowed in cannabis sold as a part of the state’s newly-approved medical marijuana program. The rules, which will be adopted by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, established to oversee the state’s new cannabis program, put a 12% THC limit on “medical marijuana products” which will be available in dispensaries. To put this in perspective, the average THC level of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado is 18.7%.


Board approves rules for medical marijuana; prohibits dispensing of smokable marijuana

In a controversial decision, the Oklahoma State Board of Health approved the rules for medical marijuana with a couple of exceptions.

On Sunday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health released an updated version of emergency rules for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority program. The 76-page document comes nearly two weeks after voters approved State Question 788, legalizing the use of medical marijuana.

However, the Oklahoma State Medical Association said the rules should also include three additional recommendations like banning smokable cannabis and limiting the number of dispensaries.


Oklahoma: Medical industry pushes for THC limits on medical marijuana

Although a large majority of public comments about State Question 788 urged the Oklahoma State Department of Health not to impose cannabinoid percentage limits for medical marijuana products, records show multiple medical industry officials support the proposed strict regulations.

However, a doctor who specializes in the scientific study of cannabis says limitations on product potency will diminish the spirit of the ballot measure approved last month that rightly gives wide latitude to medical professionals.


Medical marijuana users in Oklahoma can't legally own guns, federal officials say

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved State Question 788 to legalize medical marijuana. However, federal officials warn that anyone with a medical marijuana card is prohibited from owning firearms.

According to an open letter released in 2011 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, known as the ATF, federal law prohibits anyone who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.

The open letter states that marijuana is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance in the Controlled Substances Act, and there are no exceptions for marijuana used for medicinal purposes, even if it has been legalized by state law.


Oklahoma just legalized medical marijuana


Oklahoma voters weigh 1st marijuana ballot question of 2018

Oklahoma primary voters were weighing Tuesday whether to approve one of the least-restrictive state laws allowing medical marijuana, the nation's first cannabis ballot question of the year.

State Question 788 , the result of an activist-led signature drive launched more than two years ago, would make it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The proposed law outlines no qualifying conditions, which would allow physicians to prescribe its use for a broad range of ailments — a fact that has sparked bitter opposition from law enforcement, business, faith and political leaders.


Proposed Oklahoma medical marijuana rules ban indoor smoking, THC-laced gummy bears, outdoor growing

A few things would be banned under proposed rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking and psychoactive gummy bears.

Oklahomans will vote Tuesday on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana. Opponents have argued it represents a backdoor effort to allow recreational marijuana use, because it doesn't lay out specific health conditions marijuana could treat and has relatively generous limits on the amounts patients could possess.


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