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Fallin Signs Oklahoma's First Medical Marijuana Rules Into Law

Mia Mamone / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange
Voters approved the sale, cultivation and transportation of medical marijuana by passing State Question 788 in June, 2018.

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.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health started drafting medical marijuana rules in April, but the board of health adopted last-minute changes this week at the urging of health leaders and medical associations, including the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.

Under the rules Fallin signed to regulate the sale, cultivation and transportation of the drug, which voters approved in June, Oklahoma joins a small number of states that require a pharmacist dispense medical marijuana. The regulations also ban sales of smokable marijuana.

In a statement, Fallin said the rules are a good start — but she expects the regulations to be modified.

The state health department is required to begin accepting applications for medical marijuana licenses later this month. Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates said he expects the rules will be challenged in court.

Jackie Fortiér worked for StateImpact Oklahoma from November 2017 to January 2020, reporting on a variety of topics and heading up its health reporting initiative. She has many journalism awards to her name during her years of multi-media reporting in Colorado, and was part of a team recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in breaking news reporting in 2013.
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