The Oklahoma Department of Health, after much public backlash, has released a revised set of rules for medical marijuana which removes the ban on smoking marijuana, as well as other changes.
The revised regulations remove a controversial set of rules which would have prohibited medical marijuana patients from actually smoking marijuana, despite the voter-approved initiative that legalized the plant explicitly allowing it. The revised rules also remove a provision that would have required pregnancy tests on some women seeking to become medical marijuana patients, and removes a requirement that dispensaries be ran by pharmacists.
In addition, the new regulations remove a requirement that medical marijuana products sold at dispensaries be below 12% THC, while also removing a limit of 20% THC on marijuana plants.
The rule changes come after weeks of public backlash, and after the state’s attorney general released a report stating that the Department acted outside of their authority in banning the smoking of medical marijuana.
Under the state’s medical marijuana law – passed last month – those with any medical condition can become a medical cannabis patient if recommended by a physician. A regulated system of marijuana dispensaries are expected to open sometime over the next two years.