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Legislative Updates to Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program

by Ella Young July 25, 2019

Oklahoma passed their medical marijuana program on June 26, 2018. Voters approved Question 788, legalizing the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients in Oklahoma. The new law also allows for the licensing of medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries.

The Department of Health made applications for medical marijuana business licenses available on August 25, 2018 with no known deadline for submission. Separate licenses are required for each location. A separate application and non-refundable application fee for each location is required. You also will need to submit a separate application and non-refundable application fee for each license type (processor, grower, dispensary).

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All business application information can be found at http://omma.ok.gov/business-application-information3.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is taking steps to implement statutory modifications made during the 2019 legislative session to the state’s medical marijuana program. The new legislative changes will be effective after August 29, 2019. These changes include the following bills:

  • Authorized physicians to recommend medical marijuana (HB 2613)
  • 60 Day License (HB 2601) 
  • Sharing of Information (SB 1030) 
  • Reduced Fee for Veterans (HB 2612) 
  • Application Processing (HB 2601& HB 2612) 
  • Renewal Applications 
  • Residency Requirements (HB 2612) 
  • Certificate of Compliance (SB 1030)
  • Schools (HB 2612)
  • Sales (HB 2612)
  • Seed-to-Sale (HB 2612)
  • Testing (HB 2612 & SB 162)
  • Packaging/labeling (HB 2612 & HB 2601)
  • Compliance (HB 2612)
  • Five new license categories – Transporter, Transporter Agent, Testing Laboratory, Education Facility, Short-Term Patient (HB 2612 & SB 162)
  • Waste Facility Licenses (SB 882)

The Oklahoma program updates detailed above will include, but are not limited to, the following planning:

Other business plans may be necessary, for example those who obtain a Cultivation License or Infused Product Manufacturing License will need a Cultivation Plan or Manufacturing Plan established.

Typically, all of the above topics are addressed during the implementation of a state’s medical marijuana program, and not after business licenses have been issued. Due to the numerous changes these new laws will make to Oklahoma’s existing medical marijuana regulations, all of the currently licensed businesses will now need to conform to them and take action to ensure they are remaining compliant with the state law.

Tom Bates, the Interim Commissioner of Health, stated “The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has reinstituted a project management structure to ensure compliance and timely implementation of the changes. Implementation activities will include rule promulgation, procurements, information technology changes, application developments, and operational planning.”

All program changes will be implemented through August and November 2019, and will be followed by permanent rule promulgation activities in 2020.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Program Timeline
June 26, 2018 – Initiative passed into law
July 10, 2018 – Emergency rules to be established
July 26, 2018 – Initiative becomes effective, Department makes licensing applications for medical marijuana businesses available
August 25, 2018 – Department began accepting applications for medical marijuana businesses 14 Days After Application Submission – Department to notify applicant of approval or denial for license
August 29, 2019 – New laws regarding medical marijuana passed during the 2019 legislative session become effective

 

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