Oklahoma

Thu
23
Aug

Judge denies petition to block state health department's medical marijuana rules

Cleveland County residents suing the state Department of Health over medical marijuana have lost their bid to get an injunction stopping the state from implementing the new program using recently passed emergency rules.

District Judge Michael Tupper denied the request for an emergency injunction Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said.

The petition for an injunction — filed on behalf of eight Oklahoma residents who are perspective medical marijuana patients and business operators — sought to stop the rules on grounds that the health department's “arbitrary and capricious rules” deny them either proper access to medical care and treatment or threaten their economic and business interests, according to multiple filings.

Tue
21
Aug

Recreational cannabis petition in Oklahoma fails with a lack of signatures

A petition drive to get recreational cannabis on an Oklahoma ballot didn’t receive the required number of signatures, announced Secretary of State, James Williamson on Monday.

Green the Vote, an organization in Oklahoma whose sole purpose is to legalize cannabis in the state, was only able to collect 102,814 signatures of the 123,725 valid signatures necessary to get recreational marijuana on the ballot.

The organization’s other petition which would amend the state constitution to authorize medical cannabis failed to reach the minimum number of signatures with only 95,176 submitted.

Tue
21
Aug

Marijuana authority establishes call center to answer medical marijuana questions

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has established a call center to answer questions about patient and business application processing and requirements for obtaining medical marijuana licenses.

A new phone number, (405) 522-6662, has been established to get information about the program. The OMMA call center is available to answer questions from prospective patients, caregivers and businesses. 

Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will be trained to provide information on application instructions and licensure processes and timeframes.

Thu
16
Aug

Officers voice concerns over lack of framework for medical marijuana regulation

On Wednesday, members of law enforcement agencies from across Oklahoma voiced their concerns to lawmakers about medical marijuana.

"We think our DUIs will double because of this," Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson said.

From police officers to district attorneys, law enforcement officials had plenty to say now that medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma, thanks to the passage of State Question 788.

Hermanson said, for edible medical marijuana, state officials need to make sure the packaging clearly states that it contains something that is not regular food.

"There is no reason why this medicine, marijuana should look appetizing to children," Hermanson said.

Fri
10
Aug

Medical marijuana: Not on campus, OU, OSU say

Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma are telling students that even if they become licensed medical marijuana patients in the state’s new legal program, they may not possess or use marijuana on campus.

According to a joint news release from OSU and OU, it is because the schools receive federal funding that they must ban marijuana, still an illegal drug at the federal level, even for state-sanctioned patients.

Thu
09
Aug

Without cannabis testing, OSDH warns 'buyer beware'

Commissioner of Health Tom Bates told lawmakers Wednesday he's worried about consumers buying tainted marijuana because there are no testing requirements in current law.

The first set of rules adopted by the Board of Health included precise testing and laboratory regulations, but the revised rules now in effect as State Question 788 goes live are silent on the issue.

That could lead to cannabis being sold that hasn't been tested at all for things like pesticide or other things that would contaminate the product, Bates said.

Mon
06
Aug

Medical marijuana will be a cash-only market, with hassles for all

Oklahoma’s adoption of medical marijuana will be green in more ways than one: Retail dispensaries, processors, growing operations and tax agencies will have to work within a cash-only industry.

With marijuana still illegal at the federal level, businesses involved in medical marijuana won’t have easy access to the federal banking system to move money around. Customers will have to pay in cash at dispensaries and can’t write checks. Employees won’t be able to use direct deposit, instead getting paid in cash. Monthly excise tax remittances will have to be taken in cash to the Oklahoma Tax Commission’s offices in Oklahoma City.

Mon
06
Aug

Oklahoma: What 'gaps' will the legislature need to fill in medical marijuana regulations?

Legislature will be asked to fill in gaps in emergency medical marijuana rules. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will participate in a question-and-answer session Wednesday with the bipartisan, bicameral working group assigned to handle medical marijuana regulations.

Although the group cannot enact policy until the Legislature is in session, Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates has said there were “some gaps” in the newest iteration of emergency rules that lawmakers should address.

Buffy Heater, chief of data, public policy and promotion for the Health Department, said Friday that the board was unable to enact rules it wanted on three major issues: laboratory testing, product recalls, and product packaging and labeling.

Mon
30
Jul

Marijuana petition to get state constitutional question on ballot surpasses required signature threshold

An activist group that has sought to get a constitutional state question regarding recreational marijuana placed on the November ballot appears to have scored a major victory in that push.

Green The Vote announced Sunday that it has compiled enough signatures — 132,527, to be exact — for State Question 797 to be put up for vote on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The measure would incorporate the right to recreational marijuana in the Oklahoma Constitution.

Tue
24
Jul

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.

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