Oklahoma Health Department Releases Revised Medical Marijuana Rules

Oklahoma Health Department Releases Revised Medical Marijuana Rules

The new proposed rules remove some of the most criticized provisions, including a ban on the sale of smokable marijuana and a requirement that female patients get a pregnancy test.

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July 30, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials released new proposed medical marijuana rules on Friday that remove some of the most criticized provisions, including a ban on the sale of smokable marijuana and a requirement that female patients get a pregnancy test.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health posted the new rules on its website, and the agency's board is expected to consider them at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The original rules approved by the board earlier this month prompted outrage from medical marijuana supporters who said they were far too restrictive. Two separate groups sued the board, and Attorney General Mike Hunter said the board overstepped its authority and recommended they make several changes.

The restrictions that most troubled medical marijuana supporters were a ban on the sale of smokable marijuana and a requirement for a pharmacist in every dispensary. Both of those rules were adopted unexpectedly at an emergency meeting and approved by the board despite a warning by its own attorney advising against it. Gov. Mary Fallin signed them into law the next day.

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