As the world of Oklahoma medical marijuana continues to evolve, laws quickly change and develop new standards for this community. Today we will look closely at this concept with two new rule changes that are going into effect or recently were signed into law. With that in mind, we are thrilled to see the progress being made by the young Oklahoma medical marijuana industry.
With that in mind, the Governor signed in new emergency legislation to open up a new license for the Oklahoma medical marijuana industry. This will empower patients to get a recommendation to shop at an Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensary from their physicians licensed.
Furthermore, today’s news will highlight new rights that are going into effect for medical marijuana patients. We are thrilled to share this news today! This change will put rules which were passed previously by the Oklahoma state legislature into effect.
With that in mind, let us dive right in.
Governor Kevin Stitt Signs New Emergency Legislation
The Oklahoma medical marijuana industry continues to evolve further into new territory and KOCO 5 News reported that the Governor signed new legislation into effect this week to help close up loopholes within the Oklahoma medical marijuana sector. The legislation will empower patients to access and shop at an Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensary with approval from a physician licensed by and in good standing with the Oklahoma Podiatric Medical Examiners Board.
The legislation sets up a new short-term license that will be available to adults across the Sooner State. The report from 5 News notes that license fees for the short-term license will be $200. There will also be an offer for veterans with a 100% disability rating from the V.A. having access to get a license for a discounted amount of $20. Other discounts are available for those who qualify as well which may lower the price of an Oklahoma medical marijuana license to $100, instead of the standard $200 amount.
The emergency legislation also helps the state issue a new license for a newly created business license type. This will be known as a transporter’s license which will be $2,500 for a single year of operations. Furthermore, the legislation will also establish a new online system for an Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensary to use for license renewal.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Patient Rights go into Effect
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Cannabis patients in Oklahoma will benefit from new rights coming at the end of this month. As of August 30th, 2019, Oklahoma medical marijuana patients will have new rights granted to them by a law passed by the state legislature in March. With that said, it will empower Oklahoma medical marijuana patients to have access to their second amendment rights. Furthermore, the law also restricts medical marijuana patients from being denied public assistance and certain types of employment. While it does only apply to some types of employment, it is a great step in the right direction for all of those involved with the cannabis plant in Oklahoma. According to NORML, the laws seek to “facilitate standards for banks who wish to partner with medical cannabis businesses and prohibit local governments enacting ‘guidelines which restrict or interfere with the rights of a licensed patient.’” In closing, it’s exciting to see these positive changes coming to further the rights of Oklahoma medical marijuana patients.
Oklahoma medical marijuana patients should expect to see more changes coming as our local government continues to regulate a plant that has been illegal for many decades. With that in mind, we are thrilled to see patient’s rights being made a priority by our government and encourage this at any step in the process which we can. Through this process, hopefully, more people within the great state of Oklahoma can benefit from medical marijuana.
In closing, remember if you ever have a question about Oklahoma medical marijuana, the staff at any of the many different Peak Dispensary locations are happy to help where they can.
Until next time, stay well!