Oklahoma governor enacts rules to ban smokable marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into place strict emergency rules for medical cannabis that marijuana advocates say are intentionally aimed at delaying the voter-approved use of medicinal cannabis.

The term-limited Republican governor signed the rules Tuesday, July 10, 2018, just one day after the state’s Board of Health adopted them at an emergency meeting after last-minute changes to ban the sale of smokable marijuana and require a pharmacist at every dispensary.

Those late additions to the rules infuriated longtime medical marijuana cannabis who helped get State Question 788 on the ballot June 26, 2018, when nearly 57 percent of voters approved it. Fallin’s quick signature came just as they were rallying supporters to urge her to reject them.

Doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, and chambers of commerce opposed the medical marijuana state question.