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Even in a Midterm off season election, Medical Marijuana wins all.

 

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What is State Question 788?

State Question 788 legalizes medical marijuana in Oklahoma. The following text was authored by the people of Oklahoma. Hundreds of voices and dozens of authors across the state of Oklahoma shaped 788 through public meetings and online discussions. Much of the concepts here were borrowed from other states that have implemented successful medical cannabis access programs.

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SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
420 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. A person in possession of a state issued medical marijuana license shall be able to:

1. Consume marijuana legally;

2. Legally possess up to three (3) ounces of marijuana on their person;
3. Legally possess six (6) mature marijuana plants;
4. Legally possess six (6) seedling plants;
5. Legally possess one (1) ounce of concentrated marijuana;
6. Legally possess seventy-two (72) ounces of edible marijuana; and
7. Legally possess up to eight (8) ounces of marijuana in their residence.
B. Possession of up to one and one-half (1.5) ounces of marijuana by persons who can state
a medical condition, but not in possession of a state issued medical marijuana license, shall constitute a

misdemeanor offense with a fine not to exceed Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00).

C. A regulatory office shall be established under the Oklahoma State Department of Health which
will receive applications for medical license recipients, dispensaries, growers, and packagers within sixty
(60) days of the passage of this initiative.
D. The Oklahoma State Department of Health shall within thirty (30) days of passage of this
initiative, make available, on their website, in an easy to find location, an application for a medical

marijuana license. The license will be good for two (2) years, and the application fee will be One Hundred

Dollars ($100.00), or Twenty Dollars ($20.00) for individuals on Medicaid, Medicare, or SoonerCare. The
methods of payment will be provided on the website.
E. A temporary license application will also be available on the Oklahoma Department of Health
website. A temporary medical marijuana license will be granted to any medical marijuana license holder
from other states, provided that the state has a state regulated medical marijuana program, and the
applicant can prove they are a member of such. Temporary licenses will be issued for thirty (30) days. The
cost for a temporary license shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). Renewal will be granted with
resubmission of a new application. No additional criteria will be required.
F. Medical marijuana license applicants will submit their application to the Oklahoma State
Department of Health for approval and that the applicant must be an Oklahoma state resident and shall
prove residency by a valid driver’s license, utility bills, or other accepted methods.
G. The Oklahoma State Department of Health shall review the medical marijuana application,
approve/reject the application, and mail the applicant’s approval or rejection letter (stating reasons for
rejection) to the applicant within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the application. Approved applicants will
be issued a medical marijuana license which will act as proof of their approved status. Applications may
only be rejected based on applicant not meeting stated criteria or improper completion of the
application.

H. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will only keep the following records for each

approved medical license:
1. a digital photograph of the license holder;
2. the expiration date of the license;
3. the county where the card was issued; and
4. a unique 24 character identification number assigned to the license.
I. The Department of Health will make available, both on its website, and through a telephone
verification system, an easy method to validate a medical license holders authenticity by the unique 24
character identifier.
J. The State Department of Health will ensure that all application records and information are
sealed to protect the privacy of medical license applicants.
K. A caregiver license will be made available for qualified caregivers of a medical marijuana license
holder who is homebound. The caregiver license will give the caregiver the same rights as the medical
license holder. Applicants for a caregiver license will submit proof of the medical marijuana license
holder’s license status and homebound status, that they are the designee of the medical marijuana license
holder, must submit proof that the caregiver is age eighteen (18) or older, and must submit proof the
caregiver is an Oklahoma resident. This will be the only criteria for a caregiver license.

L. All applicants must be eighteen (18) years or older. A special exception will be granted to an

applicant under the age of eighteen (18), however these applications must be signed by two (2) physicians
and the applicant’s parent or legal guardian.
M. All applications for a medical license must be signed by an Oklahoma Board certified physician.

There are no qualifying conditions. A medical marijuana license must be recommended according to the

accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving
any medication. No physician may be unduly stigmatized or harassed for signing a medical marijuana
license application.
N. Counties and cities may enact medical marijuana guidelines allowing medical marijuana license
holders or caregivers to exceed the state limits set forth in subsection A of this section.
 
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SECTION 2. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
421 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A.The Oklahoma State Department of Health shall within thirty (30) days of passage of this
initiative, make available, on their website, in an easy to find location, an application for a medical

marijuana dispensary license. The application fee shall be Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00)

and a method of payment will be provided on the website. Retail applicants must all be Oklahoma state
residents. Any entity applying for a retail license must be owned by an Oklahoma state resident and must
be registered to do business in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health shall have two (2)
weeks to review the application, approve or reject the application, and mail the approval/rejection letter
(if rejected, stating reasons for rejection) to the applicant.
B. The Oklahoma State Department of Health must approve all applications which meet the
following criteria:
1. Applicant must be age twenty-five (25) or older;
2. Any applicant, applying as an individual, must show residency in the state of Oklahoma;
3. All applying entities must show that all members, managers, and board members are
Oklahoma residents;
4. An applying entity may show ownership of non-Oklahoma residents, but that
percentage ownership may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%);
5. All applying individuals or entities must be registered to conduct business in the state
of Oklahoma;
6. All applicants must disclose all ownership;

7. Applicant(s) with only nonviolent felony conviction(s) in the last two (2) years, any

other felony conviction in 5 (years), inmates, or any person currently incarcerated may not
qualify for a medical marijuana dispensary license.
C. Retailers will be required to complete a monthly sales report to the Oklahoma Department of
Health. This report will be due on the 15th of each month and provide reporting on the previous month.
This report will detail the weight of marijuana purchased at wholesale and the weight of marijuana sold to
card holders, and account for any waste. The report will show total sales in dollars, tax collected in dollars,
and tax due in dollars. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will have oversight and auditing
responsibilities to ensure that all marijuana being grown is accounted for. A retailer will only be subject to
a penalty if a gross discrepancy exists and cannot be explained. Penalties for fraudulent reporting
occurring within any 2 year time period will be an initial fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) (first)
and revocation of licensing (second).
D. Only a licensed medical marijuana retailer may conduct retail sales of marijuana, or marijuana
derivatives in the form provided by licensed processors, and these products can only be sold to a medical
marijuana license holder or their caregiver. Penalties for fraudulent sales occurring within any 2 year time
period will be an initial fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) (first) and revocation of licensing
(second).
 
 
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SECTION 3. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
422 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will within thirty (30) days of passage of this
initiative, make available, on their website, in an easy to find location, an application for a commercial
grower license. The application fee will be Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) and methods
of payment will be provided on the website. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has two (2) weeks
to review application, approve or reject the application, and mail the approval/rejection letter (if rejected,
stating reasons for rejection) to the applicant.
B. The Oklahoma State Department of Health must approve all applications which meet the
following criteria:
1. Applicant must be age twenty-five (25) or older;
2. Any applicant, applying as an individual, must show residency in the state of Oklahoma;
3. All applying entities must show that all members, managers, and board members are
Oklahoma residents;
4. An applying entity may show ownership of non-Oklahoma residents, but that
percentage ownership may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%);
5. All applying individuals or entities must be registered to conduct business in the state
of Oklahoma;
6. All applicants must disclose all ownership;
7. Applicant(s) with only nonviolent felony conviction(s) in the last two (2) years, any
other felony conviction in 5 (years), inmates, or any person currently incarcerated may not
qualify for a commercial grower license.
C. A licensed commercial grower may sell marijuana to a licensed retailer, or a licensed packager.
Further, these sales will be considered wholesale sales and not subject to taxation. Under no
circumstances may a licensed commercial grower sell marijuana directly to a medical marijuana license
holder. A licensed commercial grower may only sell at the wholesale level to a licensed retailer or a
licensed processor. If the federal government lifts restrictions on buying and selling marijuana between
states, then a licensed commercial grower would be allowed to sell and buy marijuana wholesale from, or
to, an out of state wholesale provider. A licensed commercial grower will be required to complete a
monthly yield and sales report to the Oklahoma Department of Health. This report will be due on the 15th
of each month and provide reporting on the previous month. This report will detail amount of marijuana
harvested in pounds, the amount of drying or dried marijuana on hand, the amount of marijuana sold to
processors in pounds, the amount of waste in pounds, and the amount of marijuana sold to retailers in lbs.
Additionally, this report will show total wholesale sales in dollars. The Oklahoma State Department of
Health will have oversight and auditing responsibilities to ensure that all marijuana being grown is
accounted for. A licensed grower will only be subject to a penalty if a gross discrepancy exists and cannot
be explained. Penalties for fraudulent reporting or sales occurring within any 2 year time period will be an
initial fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) (first) and revocation of licensing (second).

 

D. There shall be no limits on how much marijuana a licensed grower can grow.
 
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SECTION 4. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
423 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. The Oklahoma State Department of Health shall within thirty (30) days of passage of this
initiative, make available, on their website, in an easy to find location, an application for a medical
marijuana processing license. The application fee shall be Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00)
and methods of payment will be provided on the website. The Oklahoma State Department of Health
shall have two (2) weeks to review the application, approve or reject the application, and mail the
approval/rejection letter (if rejected, stating reasons for rejection) to the applicant.
B.The Oklahoma State Department of Health must approve all applications which meet the
following criteria:
1. Applicant must be age twenty-five (25) or older;
2. Any applicant, applying as an Individual, must show residency in the state of Oklahoma;
3. All applying entities must show that all members, managers, and board members are
Oklahoma residents;
4. An applying entity may show ownership of non-Oklahoma residents, but that
percentage ownership may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%);
5. All applying individuals or entities must be registered to conduct business in the state
of Oklahoma;
6. All applicants must disclose all ownership;
7. Applicant(s) with only nonviolent felony conviction(s) in the last two (2) years, any
other felony conviction in 5 (years), inmates, or any person currently incarcerated may not
qualify for a medical marijuana processing license.
C. A licensed processor may take marijuana plants and distill or process these plants into
concentrates, edibles, and other forms for consumption. As required by subsection D of this section, the

 

Oklahoma State Department of Health will, within sixty (60) days of passage of this initiative, make
available a set of standards which will be used by licensed processors in the preparation of edible
marijuana products. This should be in line with current food preparation guidelines and no excessive or
punitive rules may be established by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Once a year, the
Oklahoma State Department of Health may inspect a processing operation and determine its compliance
with the preparation standards. If deficiencies are found, a written report of deficiency will be issued to
the processor. The processor will have one (1) month to correct the deficiency or be subject to a fine of
Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each deficiency. A licensed processor may sell marijuana products it
creates to a licensed retailer, or any other licensed processor. Further, these sales will be considered
wholesale sales and not subject to taxation. Under no circumstances may a licensed processor sell
marijuana, or any marijuana product, directly to a medical marijuana license holder. However, a licensed
processor may process cannabis into a concentrated form, for a medical license holder, for a fee.
Processors will be required to complete a monthly yield and sales report to the Oklahoma State
Department of Health. This report will be due on the 15th of each month and provide reporting on the
previous month. This report will detail amount of marijuana purchased in pounds, the amount of
marijuana cooked or processed in pounds, and the amount of waste in pounds. Additionally, this report
will show total wholesale sales in dollars. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will have oversight
and auditing responsibilities to ensure that all marijuana being grown is accounted for. A licensed
processor will only be subject to a penalty if a gross discrepancy exists and cannot be explained. Penalties
for fraudulent reporting occurring within any 2 year time period will be an initial fine of Five Thousand
Dollars ($5,000.00) (first) and revocation of licensing (second).
D. The inspection and compliance of processors producing products with marijuana as an additive.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health will be compelled to, within thirty (30) days of passage of this
initiative, appoint a board of twelve (12) Oklahoma residents, who are marijuana industry experts, to
create a list of food safety standards for processing and handling medical marijuana in Oklahoma. These
standards will be adopted by the agency and the agency can enforce these standards for processors. The
agency will develop a standards review procedure and these standards can be altered by calling another
board of twelve (12) Oklahoma marijuana industry experts. A signed letter of twenty (20) operating
processors would constitute a need for a new board and standard review.
E. If it becomes permissible, under federal law, marijuana may be moved across state lines.
F. Any device used for the consumption of medical marijuana shall be considered legal to be sold,
manufactured, distributed, and possessed. No merchant, wholesaler, manufacturer, or individual may
unduly be harassed or prosecuted for selling, manufacturing, or possession of medical marijuana
paraphernalia.
 
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SECTION 5. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
424 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. A marijuana transportation license will be issued to qualifying applicants for a marijuana retail,
growing, or processing license. The transportation license will be issued at the time of approval of a retail,
growing, or processing license.
B. A transportation license will allow the holder to transport marijuana from an Oklahoma
licensed medical marijuana retailer, licensed growing facility, or licensed processor facility to an Oklahoma
licensed medical marijuana retailer, licensed growing facility, or licensed processing facility.
C. All marijuana or marijuana products shall be transported in a locked container and clearly
labeled “Medical Marijuana or Derivative”.
 
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SECTION 6. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
425 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. No school or landlord may refuse to enroll or lease to and may not otherwise penalize a person
solely for his status as a medical marijuana license holder, unless failing to do so would imminently cause
the school or landlord to lose a monetary or licensing related benefit under federal law or regulations.
B. Unless a failure to do so would cause an employer to imminently lose a monetary or licensing
related benefit under federal law or regulations, an employer may not discriminate against a person in
hiring, termination or imposing any term or condition of employment or otherwise penalize a person
based upon either:
1. The person's status as a medical marijuana license holder; or
2. Employers may take action against a holder of a medical marijuana license holder if the
holder uses or possesses marijuana while in the holder's place of employment or during
the hours of employment. Employers may not take action against the holder of a medical
marijuana license solely based upon the status of an employee as a medical marijuana
license holder or the results of a drug test showing positive for marijuana or its
components.
C. For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a medical marijuana license
holder’s authorized use of marijuana must be considered the equivalent of the use of any other
medication under the direction of a physician and does not constitute the use of an illicit substance or
otherwise disqualify a registered qualifying patient from medical care.
D. No medical marijuana license holder may be denied custody of or visitation or parenting time
with a minor, and there is no presumption of neglect or child endangerment for conduct allowed under
this law, unless the person's behavior creates an unreasonable danger to the safety of the minor.
E. No person holding a medical marijuana license may unduly be withheld from holding a state
issued license by virtue of their being a medical marijuana license holder. This would include such things
as a concealed carry permit.
F. No city or local municipality may unduly change or restrict zoning laws to prevent the opening
of a retail marijuana establishment.
G. The location of any retail marijuana establishment is specifically prohibited within one
thousand (1,000) feet from any public or private school entrance.
H. Research will be provided under this law. A researcher may apply to the Oklahoma Department
of Health for a special research license. That license will be granted, provided the applicant meet the
criteria listed under Section 421. B. Research license holders will be required to file monthly consumption
reports to the Oklahoma Department of Health with amounts of marijuana used for research.
 
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SECTION 7. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section
426 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
 
A. The tax on retail medical marijuana sales will be established at seven percent (7%) of the gross
amount received by the seller.
B. This tax will be collected at the point of sale. Tax proceeds will be applied primarily to finance
the regulatory office.
C. If proceeds from the levy authorized by subsection A of this section exceed the budgeted
amount for running the regulatory office, any surplus shall be apportioned with seventy-five percent
(75%) going to the General Revenue Fund and may only be expended for common education. Twenty-five
percent (25%) shall be apportioned to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and earmarked for drug
and alcohol rehabilitation.
 
SECTION 8. The provisions hereof are severable, and if any part or provision hereof shall be void,
invalid, or unconstitutional, the decision of the court so holding shall not affect or impair any of the
remaining parts or provision hereof, and the remaining provisions hereof shall continue in full force and
effect.
 
SECTION 9. This act shall become effective one (1) month immediately following its passage.

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