Oklahoma Health Board To Take Up New Medical Marijuana Rules

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma health officials are considering new rules for medical marijuana after guidelines quickly adopted last month met strong pushback from the attorney general and medical marijuana advocates.

The Oklahoma Board of Health is scheduled to consider the new rules Wednesday. Among other things, the guidelines eliminate a ban on the sale of smokable pot and a requirement for a pharmacist in every dispensary.

The board unexpectedly approved those rules during an emergency meeting despite a warning from its own attorney. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed them into law the next day.

Two marijuana advocacy groups filed lawsuits challenging the rules, and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the board had overstepped its authority.

The new rules also drop a requirement that women of “childbearing age” undergo a pregnancy test.

The Associated Press

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