Oklahoma lawmakers advance medical marijuana regulations

Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 10:43 AM CST
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KSWO) - House Republicans in Oklahoma have advanced a comprehensive medical marijuana policy plan.

Several bills that are part of the plan have passed through House committees in the past week.

The plan would do the following:

  • Make the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority a standalone agency
  • Establish a grant program for county sheriff’s departments to fund law enforcement efforts in all 77 counties
  • Fully implement a seed to sale system through court order or new legislation
  • Require pre-license inspections for provisional licensing and increased document submission before approval
  • Require tiered grow license fees based on grow size
  • Separate licensing for medical marijuana wholesalers
  • Require medical marijuana businesses to post standardized permit signage
  • Require marijuana growers to report electrical and water data
  • Annual inspections
  • Create product packaging standards and maximum beyond use dates
  • Standardized laboratory testing and equipment and
  • Marijuana grows would have to register as environmentally sensitive crop owners with the Agriculture Department.

Lawmakers said the bills are in response to a growing black market of marijuana in the state, including a large bust that happened this year.

Medical marijuana was approved by Oklahoma voters in 2018.

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