Oklahoma: Restrictive Medical Cannabis Rules Rescinded

Oklahoma City, OK: Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation on Monday rescinding a series of restrictive amendments to the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. Many of the amendments, which were previously signed into law by the Governor just weeks prior, had been characterized as unconstitutional by the state’s Attorney General.

The newly codified rules lift the Health Department’s previously imposed ban on the retail sale of herbal cannabis, eliminates the requirement that dispensaries hire state-licensed pharmacists, and no longer mandate that women of childbearing age undergo a pregnancy test prior to receiving a medical cannabis recommendation. No such restrictions initially appeared in State Question 788.

The new rules also remove amendments that sought to set arbitrary limits on the THC content of medical cannabis products, and that would have prohibited dispensaries from selling cannabis plants and seedlings to qualified patients, among other changes.

Further changes to the program may be considered by the legislature.

Fifty-seven percent of voters approved State Question 788 on June 28.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.