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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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%.


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