Gov. Mary Fallin signs revised emergency rules for medical marijuana

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed the revised emergency rules for medical marijuana.

The new set of rules, adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Health, excludes the ban on selling smokable products and the requirement of pharmacists at dispensaries. The proposed revisions to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s rules can be found here.

The new draft would also remove the rule stating pregnancy tests must be required before a physician can make a recommendation for medical marijuana to a “female of childbearing years.”

The draft also removes limitations on THC content.

Read the full draft here.

Fallin issued a statement after signing revised emergency rules:

“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. 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. I appreciate the board’s decision to concur with my request. They also follow the guidelines from the attorney general on staying within the jurisdiction of statute language of State Question 788.

“My approval of these rules moves medical marijuana to the realm of our Legislature. I’m glad the Legislature has a bipartisan group meeting weekly to move the state forward in developing the intent of what the public voted for with the passage of State Question 788 – making marijuana available to Oklahomans who need it solely for medical reasons. There are many opinions on how medical marijuana should be implemented in our state. I encourage vivid discussion to develop policy proposals to make sure we have a medical marijuana regulatory framework in place that improves the health of Oklahomans who are sick and makes the business side work while protecting the safety of Oklahomans.”Image result for Gov. Mary Fallin signs revised emergency rules for medical marijuana

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