Oklahoma Governor Approves Revised Medical Marijuana Laws

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma on Monday approved and signed revised regulations that exclude a number of obstructive proposals for the state’s new medical marijuana program. The emergency rules were approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Health last week. The regulations will govern the implementation of State Question 788, a medical marijuana initiative approved by voters on June 26.

“These rules are very basic, and represent the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana, with the highest priority given to the health and safety of Oklahomans,” Fallin said in a press release.

Controversial Amendments Removed

Fallin noted that the regulations she approved do not include controversial amendments the board added to rules proposed by the state’s health department. Those changes would have banned the sale of smokable cannabis and required a licensed pharmacist to be on site at each medical marijuana dispensary. These amendments had originally been approved by the governor.

“These rules do not include the two last-minute amendments to the initial rules that I asked the Board of Health to rescind because the public didn’t have sufficient time to review and comment on them,” said Fallin. “I appreciate the board’s decision to concur

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