Oklahoma Governor Enacts Less-Restrictive Rules for Medical Marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical cannabis in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health in late July 2018.

Fallin signed the regulations into law on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, describing them as “very basic” and “the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework.”

State health officials adopted the rules on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, to replace the ones adopted on July 10, 2018, that were heavily criticized by Oklahoma’s attorney general and medical marijuana advocates.

The new rules amend or revoke the previous guidelines, including eliminating a ban on the sale of smokable cannabis, requirements that a pharmacist be present in every dispensary, and that women of “childbearing age” undergo a pregnancy test. Two marijuana advocacy groups filed lawsuits challenging the rules.

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