Labeling bill tops Oklahoma medical marijuana agenda

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The Oklahoma Legislature’s top two voices on medical marijuana are hoping to quickly pass testing rules this session before moving on to more controversial issues.

Sen. Greg McCortney, an Ada Republican who co-chaired a medical marijuana working group that met ahead of the session, said testing and labeling will be the first priority because the state doesn’t have a framework for making sure smokable marijuana isn’t contaminated.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of the products being sold in Oklahoma, and well, that is obviously not a good thing,” he said.

Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved State Question 788 in June to allow for medical marijuana in the state, and the drug is being grown and sold. Lawmakers and regulatory agencies still must write rules governing many aspects of the new industry. The legislative session begins on Feb. 4.

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