Okla AG Mike Hunter sends letter to OSDH advising them to amend marijuana rules

Okla AG Mike Hunter sends letter to OSDH advising them to amend marijuana rules
(Source KSWO)

(RNN Texoma) - Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has sent a letter to the Oklahoma State Department of Health advising them to amend their rules they put in place related to medical marijuana.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, the attorney general said the role of the board in limiting the forms of marijuana products is limited to "to food and safety standards that are in line with food preparation guidelines, not prohibiting the sale of smokable, vapable, edible or other forms of marijuana."

"The current rules contain provisions that are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority when it voted to implement them," Attorney General Hunter said. "Although I didn't support State Question 788, the people of the state have spoken and I have a legal duty to honor the decision made by the electorate. My advice today is made pursuant to that responsibility as attorney general.

"Moving forward, I encourage all stakeholders to engage with the legislative working group looking at medical marijuana to ensure they have their concerns and recommendations heard and addressed by the legislature."

In the letter, Hunter also said the board has been given authority to implement additional requirements on licensees related to their ruling requiring dispensaries to hire a pharmacist.

Other concerns outlined in the letter included:

  • Restricting dispensaries to limited locations;
  • Prohibiting dispensaries from co-locating with other businesses;
  • Requiring medical marijuana be grown, processed and dispensed in enclosed structures;
  • Requiring a surety bond for licensing;
  • Setting hours of operation;
  • Limiting the amount of THC in flower, leaf or concentrate for sale or distribution.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

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