Pro-Cannabis Groups in Oklahoma Agree on Draft Bill

Pro-Cannabis Groups in Oklahoma Agree on Draft Bill

Marijuana advocacy groups have agreed on proposed legislation to fill gaps in State Question 788.

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August 20, 2018

Oklahoma's somewhat disparate marijuana advocacy groups have agreed on proposed legislation to fill gaps in State Question 788.

The proposed 202-page bill is largely based on model legislation drafted by New Health Solutions Oklahoma, a group representing more than 90 businesses interested in the medical marijuana industry. Other groups like Green the Vote and Oklahomans for Health contributed to this version after lawmakers urged them to work together.

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Oklahoma's reformation of cannabis laws has driven an undercurrent of competition among both business and patient advocates, each jostling to be prominent in a state only now accepting marijuana as a medicine rather than an illegal drug. There are personality conflicts that date back to the origins of the movement here and tension between large, organized business interests and smaller entrepreneurs hoping to get their cut of the green wave.

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