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Changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will go into effect on August 29th, following new regulations passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

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The grace period for medical marijuana and CBD businesses making or selling food products without a food license ends Friday, April 26.

Edibles like infused waters, brownies and candies are popular items at many medical marijuana and CBD businesses. The Oklahoma State Department of Health considers them all food products, and, under state law, anyone who makes or sells food has to get a license.

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The Red Bud Dispensary in Marlow, Okla. looks like an Apple store, with white walls and track lighting. The dispensary is packed with people, but they aren’t here to buy medical marijuana. The dispensary hasn’t technically opened yet, so it doesn’t even have THC products – the mainly middle-aged crowd is standing around empty glass cases. They are here for something else – a doctor’s recommendation.

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With a huge freshman class and a promise for less gridlock, Oklahoma lawmakers filed more than 2,800 bills this legislative session. With a third of the session now over, the StateImpact team has an update on some bills we’re following.

 

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Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Industry Growing Rapidly

Feb 26, 2019
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It’s been six months since Oklahoma began issuing patient and commercial licenses for medical marijuana. The industry is growing quickly.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority approved more than 54,000 patient licenses as of February 25. According to OMMA spokesperson Melissa Miller, the agency has periodically shut down phone lines to focus on a backlog of more than 11,000 patient applications.

"So obviously they're the bulk of our total applications….So that's what we're seeing that you know kind of increased volume that we're wanting to kind of address."

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Oklahoma medical marijuana and CBD businesses may need an $850 dollar food license.

Foods infused with CBD or THC, like oils, candy or honey are popular choices at dispensaries. Now the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which runs the state’s medical marijuana program, is reminding businesses that sell or manufacture those products that they need a food license by late April, or risk fines.

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