Changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will go into effect on August 29th, following new regulations passed by lawmakers earlier this year.
Under the new rules, the 19,000 veterans in Oklahoma with a 100% disability rating will pay only $20 to apply for a medical marijuana license. That’s in comparison to the standard $100 application fee.
While the FDA has not evaluated the drug’s medical benefits, many physicians and patients say medical marijuana alleviates chronic pain and PTSD, which are some of the most common disabilities for veterans.
Another change will allow Oklahoma law enforcement to have electronic access to all information displayed on a person’s medical marijuana card. This includes a headshot, expiration date, and unique 24-digit ID. The details will be provided through the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, which is an online database used to share criminal justice-related information.
Other changes to the state’s program will affect laboratory testing, electronic tracking systems, and short-term licenses.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, an arm of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, is tasked with implementing the changes.