Oklahoma, Meet Medical Marijuana
What does legalization mean, and what are the next steps?
Oklahoma just became the 30th state in the U.S. to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, but before you go looking for a dispensary, here’s what you need to know:
As the law stands currently, anyone older than 18 may obtain a medical marijuana license from a board-certified physician – if that doctor recommends cannabis to treat the patient’s medical condition(s).
Individuals with an active license may lawfully possess three ounces of cannabis in public and eight ounces at home, 12 marijuana plants (six mature and six seedlings), one ounce of cannabis concentrates (such as waxes and oils) and 72 ounces of edibles.
The penalty for unlawful marijuana possession (possession by an individual with a medical condition, but not a license) of 1.5 ounces or less will be reduced to a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $400.
Medicinal marijuana sales will be subject to a 7 percent tax that will go toward implementation and regulation costs, education and rehabilitation programs.
The Oklahoma Health Department and state Legislature are responsible for implementing the bill into law. The Health Department released the following tentative timeline for rolling it out:
July 10 – Oklahoma State Board of Health votes to approve rules.
July 26 – Application information becomes available online.
Aug. 25 – The Health Department begins accepting applications.
As exciting as all of this is, it’s important to note portions of the bill could change. Gov. Mary Fallin already has gone on record saying she will review what options she and the state’s legislators have for “how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework,” including calling a special legislative session to discuss and possibly alter the bill.
Once the Board of Health approves the proposed rules, Gov. Fallin will have 45 days to deliberate, in all likelihood leading to the aforementioned special session. However, the Oklahoma Legislature could decide to extend those deadlines if it deems them unfeasible.
Learn more about the bill and its implementation here, and keep an eye out for more exciting medical marijuana news from us soon!