Oklahoma’s stance on medical cannabis recently revealed, with new requirements for both patients and business owners reports news outlet, 6 KPVI. Also referred to as the Unity Bill and the House Bill (HB) 2612, which was led by Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City) and Senator, Greg McCortney (R-Ada), HB 2612 has granted the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) with “rule-making power”.
What the New Requirements Means for Patients and Doctors…
What does this mean for patients? According to the claims made, licensed patients possessing firearms will still be allowed to do so even though the federal law indicates otherwise.
Additionally, the law permits employers within the “safety sensitive positions,” to consider an employee’s medical status prior to hiring them. This is because patients are deemed better off staying away from any firefighting or hazardous materials handling jobs.
That said, the latter doesn’t apply to patients working elsewhere, who will be protected from discrimination that might arise for the ingestion of marijuana.
Doctors are not allowed to approve patient recommendations given that they are partaking in the dispensary business among others. However, they can request OMMA to end a patient’s license given any reasonable argument made.
Leader of the Oklahoma Cannabis Liberty Alliance, Lawrence Pasternack has since reasoned that dismissing doctor approval is unfair, stressing that,
“There are a lot of pain management patients who are using [cannabis] behind their doctor’s back, and if they get caught, they could get terminated.”
Business Owners Require Certificate of Compliance
Business owners are now required to submit a document that indicates that their goods meet the required specifications, i.e. Certificate of Compliance.
In addition, they are asked to apply, “seed-to-sale tracking,” which has been done to limit any possible illegal products from surfacing. Other changes include packaging and labeling requests, along with the finest details about toxins-testing, potency and age appropriateness.
OMMA will have 90 business days to review and renew business requests, with patients’ application results given within 14 business days.