OSDH To Call A Special Meeting Regarding Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules

Wednesday, July 18th 2018, 4:03 pm
By: Brieon Sumlin

The Board of Health plans to call a special meeting regarding amendments to the SQ 788 medical marijuana rules. 

The announcement comes following the legal review by the Attorney Generals office.  Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday advised that the Board of Health call the meeting to modify SQ 788 regulations.   

“The current rules contain provisions that are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority when it voted to implement them,” Hunter said. 

Related: AG Advises Health Board To Amend Medical Marijuana Rules

State Board of Health President Tim Starkey later released a statement saying in part: 

The Board of Health appreciates the quick review by the Attorney General and acknowledges the advice and counsel regarding the prior adoption of emergency rules on State Question 788. The legal analysis by the Attorney General provides clarity on several rules and the legal authority we have to construct a regulatory framework for a state-wide medical marijuana program.

I have asked Commissioner Bates and his staff to make sure the appropriate modifications are made as outlined by the Attorney General in today’s correspondence. The Board of Health will call a special meeting to consider these changes as soon as possible.

Governor Fallin said in a statement Wednesday that the Board of Health should rescind two amendments implementing medical marijuana, that she signed last week: 

“Because the public didn’t have ample time to weigh in with their concerns on the two last-minute amendments, the Board of Health should rescind them. My office has received calls and emails since last week’s board action, with most addressing those two amendments. My legal staff and I are analyzing other points made in the attorney general’s legal letter to see what other action might be necessary.

“I want Oklahomans to know that dedicated state employees are working hard to put a process in place that will provide a medical framework with public health and safety as the main priority. State Question 788 was written with a 30-day implementation deadline. It is unfortunate there was not more consideration given by proponents of SQ 788 as to how challenging it is to place such a quick turnaround on a very complicated subject. However, the state will carry out the responsibility of administering this law.” 

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