Oklahoma

Wed
12
Dec

Oklahoma Board of Health sends marijuana edibles rules to governor

The state Board of Health voted on Tuesday to send food safety rules for marijuana edibles to Gov. Mary Fallin.

Some advocates welcomed the vote, saying it would bring clarity to the market for cannabis-infused food.

A food safety standards board had put together the recommendations over the course of three hours-long meetings in August. The standards largely line up with rules for foods that don't include marijuana, but they do have some additional testing and labeling requirements, said Buffy Heater, project manager for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

Wed
21
Nov

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority approves licenses for thousands of patients, businesses

Almost four months after Oklahomans approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana, state officials say thousands have already been approved for a license.

Under State Question 788, a person 18 years or older would need to apply for a medical marijuana license with the Oklahoma State Department of Health after receiving a note from their doctor. If approved, the patient would then have to pay $100 to obtain that license.

Since applications became available in August, officials say thousands of Oklahomans have applied for licenses.

Thu
15
Nov

Oklahoma approves over 12,000 medical marijuana licenses

Less than four months after voters in Oklahoma legalized the use of medical marijuana, more than 12,000 patients have been approved for licenses by state regulators. Nearly 2,000 more licenses have been issued to cannabis businesses, according to a tweet from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA).

Tue
30
Oct

Opportunity grows in Oklahoma medical marijuana lab

Opportunity is growing in Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry as fast as brand-new seedlings. With $5.7 million in licensing fees already collected from patients, caregivers, dispensaries, growers and processors, the state is ready to regulate the new industry.

2 Works for You met a husband-and-wife team determined to make it big in the field of cannabis. Cynthia and Chip Paul co-founded Gnu Pharma and have already launched other companies to meet the needs they anticipate in the medical marijuana industry. They set up operations in a small industrial Park in Owasso.   "We've actually only been here a month," entrepreneur Cynthia Paul said. "We're still pretty new in this facility."  

Thu
18
Oct

Fifth lawsuit filed: How are cities across Oklahoma regulating businesses and patients

With dozens of municipalities across Oklahoma putting local ordinances in place to regulate medical marijuana, five cities are now facing lawsuits over restrictions considered too prohibitive to jibe with state law. Dozens of cities across the state have been updating their ordinances and zoning codes in the months since State Question 788 passed with 57 percent support, legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

Tulsa and Broken Arrow were the first to draw lawsuits regarding restrictions, followed by suits filed in Yukon and Sulphur. On Wednesday, plaintiffs in Weatherford filed a new lawsuit over medical marijuana.

In the latter three cities, ordinances passed by city leaders were much more prohibitive than what was being discussed in Broken Arrow and Tulsa.

Thu
11
Oct

Oklahoma lawmakers approve recommendations for medical marijuana testing standards

Oklahoma lawmakers on a legislative working group have unanimously approved recommendations for medical marijuana testing standards. The goal of the 11-page proposal is to ensure medical marijuana products sold in dispensaries are safe, said group co-chair Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada.

"We’re going to test it to make sure it doesn’t have poisons, pesticides and also test the potency of it," McCortney said. "Since it’s a medicine, just like any other medicine, you want to make sure it actually has the medicinal values you’re looking for."

Thu
04
Oct

Oklahoma: City drops spacing requirements for medical marijuana growers, processors; moratorium's fate uncertain

The Mayor’s Office is no longer requesting a moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana facilities and has dropped a key regulation aimed at growers and processors of the product, city councilors learned Wednesday.

Wed
03
Oct

Candidates for governor weigh in on marijuana

State Question 788 allows the use of medical cannabis in Oklahoma, but the legislature is still working on rules for distribution. News 9 sat down with the three gubernatorial candidates to get their take.

Republican Candidate Kevin Stitt said he supports both medical marijuana and the will of the people. New statistics released by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority appear to reinforce just how strong that support is in the Sooner State.

Monday, October 1, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority confirmed 5,111 patient, 36 caregiver, 469 dispensaries, 719 growers and 197 processors have been approved for licenses.

Mon
01
Oct

First legal cannabis plant in Oklahoma sold to Vietnam veteran

The Sooner State just saw its first-ever legal purchase of a cannabis plant.

The growth and expansion of medical marijuana in Oklahoma hit a key milestone this week. For the first time ever, a marijuana plant has been sold legally in the Sooner State.

This is an important step forward as the state continues figuring out the details of its brand new medical cannabis program.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Program

It’s been a big year for marijuana in Oklahoma. In June, voters in the state approved the legalization of cannabis for medical uses. State Question 788 won 56 percent of the vote. On the other side, 43 percent of voters opposed the measure.

Thu
06
Sep

Oklahoma: Numbers suggest medical cannabis supply could exceed demand

It is now legal, and it appears there is enthusiasm for medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma.

Only a few days after the state began accepting commercial license requests, more than 1,100 applications to grow, process or dispense marijuana were crammed into the mailbox of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority within the State Department of Health.

Given the early numbers, supply would exceed demand. By Aug. 31, the state had received just 2,200 patient and caregiver license applications to use medicinal marijuana. Of those, 844 were already approved, but only 45 commercial applications had been processed. Random people visiting downtown who spoke to the Tahlequah Daily Press Wednesday said they were ready to see medicinal marijuana in action.

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