Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Long wait for Oregon rec cannabis permits, OK docs told no MMJ & New Jersey deluged by applicants

New recreational cannabis applicants in Oregon have to wait at least a year for a license, many Oklahoma doctors are told not to recommend medical marijuana, and New Jersey receives a flood of applications for MMJ licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oregon preps for license […]

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Many Oklahoma doctors won’t recommend medical marijuana

Oklahoma’s potential $100 million-$150 million medical marijuana program is facing a new hurdle that could hamper sales: Many doctors won’t be able to tell patients about their MMJ options. At least two health-care systems – Saint Francis Health System and Oklahoma State University Medical Center – have told their doctors not to make medical cannabis […]

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Hundreds of firms apply for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana launch

Since Oklahoma’s online system went live Saturday, the state already has received roughly 800 medical cannabis business applications to enter the potential $100 million-plus market. According to state officials, as of Monday morning the following number of applications for licenses had been submitted: 389 growers 118 processors 288 dispensaries In June, voters approved a statewide […]

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Ex-Oklahoma medical cannabis lawyer arraigned on alleged phony threats

A former Oklahoma State Department of Health attorney made her first court appearance during which a judge entered “not guilty” pleas on her behalf related to charges that she sent threatening emails to herself about the state’s new medical marijuana rules. Here’s what you need to know: Julie Ezell was arraigned this week before Special Judge […]

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Oklahoma judge nixes effort to block business-friendly medical cannabis rules

Oklahoma’s latest medical cannabis rules – which reverted to ones that could potentially provide greater business opportunities for marijuana entrepreneurs – will stay in place after a judge’s decision on a court challenge against them. Cleveland County District Judge Michael Tupper ruled against a legal petition asking for an emergency injunction on MMJ rules adopted […]

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Recreational marijuana fails to make Oklahoma ballot for November

An effort to place recreational cannabis on Oklahoma’s ballot in November has fallen more than 20,000 signatures short, Oklahoma state officials reported. A count by the Secretary of State’s office determined supporters of the initiative gathered only roughly 103,000 signatures for State Question 797. The group needed more than 123,000 signatures to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment […]

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Signatures submitted for Oklahoma recreational marijuana ballot measure

A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough to qualify for the November ballot. The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state for review. Green the Vote said […]

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Oklahoma governor approves less restrictive medical cannabis rules

Gov. Mary Fallin signed off this week on the do-over in Oklahoma’s emergency medical marijuana regulations – rules that revert to more business-friendly MMJ provisions. They: Permit sales of smokable marijuana. Remove the requirement for each dispensary to have a licensed pharmacist. Lift restrictions on THC levels. The revisions, adopted last week by the state Board […]

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Oklahoma reverses rules that could have hampered medical cannabis industry

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Wednesday to adopt new rules for its medical marijuana industry, reversing ones it hurriedly adopted last month that were criticized by the state’s attorney general as well as MMJ proponents. The new regulations, which were proposed last week by the state’s Medical Marijuana Authority, should provide greater business opportunities for […]

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Oklahoma regulators move to drop controversial medical cannabis rules

Oklahoma medical marijuana regulators proposed new emergency rules Friday that, as expected, dropped controversial provisions that critics charged would have stymied the state’s new MMJ program. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s amended rules would: Eliminate a ban on sales of smokable marijuana. Remove the requirement for a licensed pharmacist to be in each dispensary. Lift limits […]

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Oklahoma lawyers’ group cautions members about medical cannabis industry

The Oklahoma Bar Association warned its members about getting involved in the state’s new medical marijuana industry, an advisory that could discourage lawyers from representing cannabis businesses. The warning came in an email newsletter to members. The advisory: Urged “caution due to ramifications of state and federal law being in conflict.” Recommended that members “may […]

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Recreational marijuana initiative in Oklahoma unlikely to make November ballot

Oklahoma state officials said this week that two marijuana initiatives, including one to legalize recreational cannabis, probably do not have enough time to make the November election ballot. Here are the basics of the situation: The deadline for submitting signatures is Aug. 8. Gov. Mary Fallin must sign off by Aug. 27 to put the […]

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