What's next for medical marijuana in Oklahoma

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "I was for it because you always hear about the state's that have it (and) how good their economy is so why wouldn't you want to boom your state's economy," Chris Daniels said.

"It really needs to be strict," Susan Hartman said. "That it is for the purpose that it was set out to be."

The state gets a 7% sales tax to regulate medical marijuana then 75% of whatever is leftover goes to education, the rest goes to drug and alcohol rehab.

Governor Mary Fallin could call a special session of the legislature to make sure it's used for -- in her words - valid medical illnesses.

She released the following statement Tuesday night:

“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens. As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.”

The law voters passed calls for licenses to be issued in about 6 weeks, but District 14 State Senator Frank Simpson wants more time.

"I envision one of the first things that we would do - the first piece of legislation we would pass pertaining to 788 - would be to extend the implementation date to a date later in the year to give the health department more time and legislature more time to develop a good comprehensive program," Sen. Simpson said.

Simpson wants the law to be more detailed.

Voters approved "board certified Physicians" for prescribing medical marijuana but Simpson says it should be limited to Medical Doctors or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

Voters also approved prescriptions for whatever illness your doctor thinks is necessary, Simpson wants to add specific medical conditions.

"We will do as best we can to make a program that's going to be not so broad so that it's abused but broad enough so that it doesn't exclude those who will actually benefit from medical marijuana," Sen. Frank Simpson said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health held a press conference Wednesday afternoon saying they are ready to meet the requirements by the specified time stated in SQ 788.

"Application information and requirements will be available by July 26 for all of the defined categories of license and the agency will begin accepting those applications no later than Aug. 25," Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates said.

If you'd like more information about SQ 788, visit the website http://omma.ok.gov.



 
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