HB2612 – Medical Marijuana bill passes – Governor expected to sign

The Oklahoma Senate gave final passage to a broad statutory overhaul bill to replace the current Medical Marijuana Law that was passed as SQ788, last June.  The measure changes several parts of the rollout parameters both in the text of SQ788 and the emergency rules of the Oklahoma Health Dept.

This 90-page proposal broadens some interpretations while removing many protections of privacy and employment.  Several representatives of Medical Marijuana Businesses(MMBs) supported the measure because it stabilizes the marketplace and helps the industry plan for long term investments.

But the bill fails to address Banking needs, the abuses of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, and the bill gives absolute powers to the Health Dept.’s inspectors to make up more rules without statutory approval, and shut down MMBs.

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