Oklahoma governor signs medical marijuana rules into law

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law regulations governing the state’s rapidly growing medical cannabis industry – rules that aren’t expected to curb the market’s growth.

The Republican on Thursday signed a measure known as the “Unity Bill” because it’s supported by various factions of the cannabis industry. The measure received bipartisan support in the state House and Senate.

The new law sets up guidelines for inventory testing and tracking, advertising, packaging and labeling, among other things. It also allows employers to fire medical marijuana users in certain “safety-sensitive jobs” who test positive for cannabis use.

Here are additional details, according to The Oklahoman:

  • Products will be tested for pesticides, THC, terpenoid potency and heavy metals.
  • Producers will be prohibited from using images on packaging other than their business name logos and product images. Packaging must include a universal THC symbol, the level of THC and potency and a statement that the product was tested for contaminants.
  • The state will use a seed-to-sale tracking system that will track batch numbers, product types, sales details and other inventory information.

The regulations come at a time when Oklahoma enjoys a fast start to a program legalized by voters only last June. Sales hit $7.2 million in February, the program’s second full month after launch.

As of March 11, state regulators have approved licenses for 1,109 dispensaries, 1,972 growers and 553 processors. In addition, 63,647 patients have qualified to receive MMJ products.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily