State Question 788

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

William Yarborough walks across the hall from his office to an exam room. His Hawaiian shirt and matching khaki pants aren’t the typical doctor’s garb.

As he opens the door, the informality is reflected in the Oklahoma Pain and Wellness Center’s grey-and-white exam room where Richard Potts sits on a black leather chair — instead of an exam table — waiting to talk to him. What follows is a conversation that Yarborough estimates he has about 20 times a day at the after State Question 788 passed in June.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates told a group of lawmakers Wednesday a special legislative session is needed to fix gaps in the state’s new medical marijuana rules.

Oil and gas companies spent more than half a million dollars to defeat State Question 788, a statewide ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Companies from Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas collectively contributed $590,100 to “SQ 788 is Not Medical,” a political action committee established to defeat the measure, state ethics records show.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The nine-member Oklahoma State Board of Health unanimously passed new medical marijuana emergency regulations at a special meeting Wednesday.

The new emergency rules, which were updated just a few hours before the vote, are less than a third of the length of the regulations approved at the board’s July 10 meeting.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Two groups of Oklahomans have filed lawsuits to block last-minute additions to the state’s first-ever medical marijuana rules.

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On Wednesday, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law emergency medical marijuana rules, including two controversial amendments approved by the state board of health earlier this week.

David Anderson

The Oklahoma State Board of Health on Tuesday approved emergency rules to regulate medical marijuana, which Oklahoma voters approved in June.

The 76 pages regulate the sale, cultivation and transportation of the drug — but the board made two big, last-minute changes.

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Modeling their recommendations on some of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country, a group representing doctors, hospitals, clinics and other health professionals on Monday urged the state to prevent smokable marijuana from being sold at dispensaries, limit the number of dispensaries to 50 statewide, and require a pharmacist to be in the dispensary and “part of the approval process.”

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the election in Oklahoma which made medical marijuana legal in the state and saw a runoff election without Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, but instead between former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt.

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

Among the reddest states in the country, Oklahoma voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved State Question 788, a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana for licensed patients, as well as marijuana businesses and research.

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