Oklahoma gov is seeking to undermine medical cannabis law, trade group charges

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has no intention of implementing the state’s new medical marijuana law and is setting the stage for a potential $100 million-plus industry to be stalled in litigation, a cannabis trade group said Monday.

Bud Scott, executive director of New Oklahoma Health Solutions, made the claim to members Monday morning in an email in which he elaborated on Fallin’s decision not to call a special legislative session and let state agencies instead proceed with emergency rules.

The conservative governor, who has characterized the MMJ law to be tantamount to approving recreational marijuana, wants the program to be tied up in litigation as a result of “regulatory overreaches”  of a poorly written initiative, Scott charged.

Michael McNutt, Fallin’s communications director, didn’t respond specifically to Scott’s charges Monday.

But he wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily the governor’s office believes that asking lawmakers to pass comprehensive legislation to fully regulate a new and very complex industry in a special session is not realistic.

Jeff Smith can be reached at jeffs@mjbizdaily.com