Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Special Session To Amend Voter-Approved Medical Law

Oklahoma City, OK: Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has scrapped plans to convene a special legislative session for the purposes of amending provisions of State Question 788 – the medical marijuana access initiative approved by voters last week.

On Friday, Fallin – who publicly campaigned against the measure – stated: “After conferring with legislative leaders, we believe a special session is not necessary. … The Health Department has been working with other agencies the past several months to develop a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical reasons. The voters have spoken, and it’s important that our state has a responsible system up and running to meet the deadlines outlined in State Question 788.”

Draft regulations compiled by state regulators regarding the implementation of SQ 788 are available online. The regulations, which may be subject to future changes, include provisions limiting the use of medical cannabis in public, establishing hours of operation for licensed dispensaries, and mandating that physicians conduct a physical exam prior to recommending medical cannabis to a patient.

State Question 788 permits licensed medical marijuana patients to cultivate up to six mature plants and to possess personal use quantities of marijuana flowers, edibles, or infused concentrates. It also establishes a regulatory framework for the retail production and dispensing of medical cannabis at licensed facilities. Under the act, the state Department of Health has a 30-day timeline in which to establish an online license application process for eligible patients.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.