Health department preparing plan in case voters approve medical marijuana measure


× Health department preparing plan in case voters approve medical marijuana measure

OKLAHOMA CITY – In a month, Oklahoma residents will head to the polls to decide the fate of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana.

On June 26, Oklahoma voters will head to the polls to vote on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana for some patients.

Under the state question, 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.

Patients would be allowed to legally possess up to 3 ounces of the drug on them, six mature plants and six seedlings. They could also possess one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana and 8 ounces of marijuana in their home. At this time, there are no qualifying conditions and it would be taxed at 7 percent for all marijuana sales.

Those caught with up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana who “can state a medical condition, but not in possession of a state issued medical marijuana license” could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine not to exceed $400.

Although voters haven’t approved the state question yet, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to make sure they have the proper plans in place in the event the measure passes.

The health department says it has already researched previously approved medical marijuana programs in other states, and has submitted an estimated budget to the legislature based on that research.

Officials say they have started the process of drafting administrative rules, which would be considered by the State Board of Health at their

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