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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Ongoing Coverage

This page will highlight the ongoing coverage of the issue of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.
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Recreational marijuana petition falls short

The petition to allow recreational marijuana in Oklahoma fell short by a few thousand signatures.

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Medical marijuana meeting at Capitol opens public comments

For the first time, lawmakers studying the issue will hear from the public about medical marijuana.

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Oklahoma judge refuses to block implementation of medical marijuana rules

A group had challenged 21 medical marijuana rules.

Health

If you’re confused about how to apply for a medical marijuana license, the people at a new call center might be able to help.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has set up a phone line for licensing questions, 405-522-6662. It is staffed from 8:30...

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Embattled Green the Vote president resigns

The leader of a Tulsa activist group seeking to make medical and recreational marijuana a constitutional state question on the...

News

After SQ 788, teamwork makes the green work

After working separately to draft a bill for lawmakers to consider, major medical marijuana advocates have signed off on a...

Opinion

Even some SQ 788 backers want it overhauled

THE many concerns about the flawed language of State Question 788, which legalized medical marijuana, are proving valid as...

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Medical marijuana follow-up petition falls short

State Question 796, which would put medical marijuana in the Oklahoma Constitution, did not receive enough signatures to appear...

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A $400 fine or jail time: Officials differ on how to punish illegal pot possession

State troopers still following standard set in 2016, while others argue officers should look to State Question 788 for illegal...

News

Health Department asks judge not to block implementation of new pot rules

NORMAN — The state Health Department warned a judge Tuesday that the public will be harmed if it is blocked from implementing...

Health

Medical marijuana bill would protect employees, change tax rules

An advocacy group for patients who want to use medical marijuana unveiled a model bill over the weekend, offering a simplified...

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A medical marijuana card does not legitimize impaired driving

Even before Oklahomans approved State Question 788 in June, the state had a serious problem with drugged drivers on the...

Opinion

Lots of homework in store for Oklahoma voters

TURNS out proponents of a state question to legalize recreational marijuana collected fewer signatures than they claimed they...

Health

Medical pot banned at OU, OSU

Oklahoma's two largest universities are banning medical marijuana on campus.

Business

Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Chickasha Campus will offer an employer medical marijuana webinar on Aug. 16

A webinar featuring an action plan for employers regarding medical marijuana will be held Aug. 16 at Canadian Valley Technology...

News

Health Department worried about tainted marijuana

Commissioner of Health Tom Bates told lawmakers he's worried about consumers buying tainted marijuana because there are no...

Opinion

Oklahoma officials should note marijuana market shift

THE failed effort by the Oklahoma Board of Health to ban smoking of medical marijuana met with outcry from some pro-marijuana...

Health

Recap: Medical cannabis policy group meets for third week

Read a recap of live updates from the Legislature's third medical marijuana policy group meeting Wednesday. The Oklahoman's...

Health

Oklahoma Pharmacy Board names Gourley interim director

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy has named Dorothy Gourley of Ardmore as the agency's interim executive...

Business

Q&A with Rachel Blue: No federal trademark protection for marijuana

Q&A with Rachel Blue: No federal trademark protection for marijuana

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Recreational pot campaign lied about its success, former board member says

Isaac Caviness reported he had more than 130,000 signatures. In a video Tuesday, he admitted the group only has 78,000 in the...

After the walkout: Reading, writing and politics

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The walkout sent a jolt through Oklahoma politics, which is being felt in elections across the state.

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Oklahomans react to SQ 797 turmoil

Oklahomans took to social media following news that Green the Vote inflated signature counts for its recreational marijuana...

Health

Gov. Mary Fallin signs new marijuana rules; questions remain

Gov. Mary Fallin signed new marijuana rules Monday that leave some important questions unanswered, such as where growers are to...

News

Cannabis activists allege fake petition numbers

Green the Vote vastly over-reported signature count for recreational marijuana, former board member says

Health

Joint effort: How ‘medical’ is marijuana?

BUSINESS OF HEALTH: Joint effort: How ‘medical’ is marijuana?

Opinion

Poll shows support for change on OK marijuana law

IT is clear the State Board of Health may have exceeded its legal authority in initially approving some restrictions on medical...

Health
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Oklahoma coalition spent more than $ 1.1 million trying to defeat state question on medical marijuana

Group known as SQ 788 is NOT Medical reported raising more than $1.2 million and spending more than $1.1 million on losing effort.

Health

Oklahoma Board of Health amends Rx pot rules

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Wednesday to repeal some of the regulations it passed three weeks ago and replace them with...

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Board of Health eliminates unpopular regulations limiting THC, banning sales of smokable marijuana

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Wednesday to repeal some of the regulations it passed three weeks ago, but the new rules...

Health

Recap: Medical marijuana working group holds second meeting

Recap coverage from the Legislature's second medical marijuana policy meeting. Reporter Kayla Branch tweeted for The Oklahoman.

Health

Follow live coverage from NewsOK.com starting at 9 a.m.

The second meeting of the state's bipartisan medical marijuana working group starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol.

Health

Unanswered questions remain as Oklahoma medical marijuana rolls out

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will begin accepting applications to grow, sell and use marijuana in less than a month,...

Health

Should a recreational marijuana vote be on the November ballot?

Poll: Should a recreational marijuana vote be on the November ballot?

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Proposed rules would lift ban on sales of smokable pot; health effects unclear

New proposed rules for medical marijuana in Oklahoma would allow you to buy marijuana leaves and flowers for smoking. Whether...

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Petition for recreational cannabis nears its goal

Supporters of recreational marijuana say they are within striking range of their 150,000-signature goal.

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Green growth: Number of potential marijuana businesses spikes following passage of SQ 788

Green growth: Number of potential marijuana businesses spikes following passage of SQ 788

Health
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Ban on selling smokable material, THC limits gone from draft

The Oklahoma State Department of Health unveiled new draft medical marijuana rules Friday which would get rid of many of the...

Health

Lebanon's cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization

YAMMOUNE, Lebanon (AP) — In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work clearing dirt and dry...

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Fired Oklahoma Pharmacy Board official may sue

The executive director of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Board was fired Wednesday after coming under criminal investigation.

Health

Bipartisan marijuana working group meets today

NewsOK.com will host live coverage of the meeting beginning at 2 p.m.

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Board could consider medical marijuana rules

The meeting's agenda isn't yet available, but it would be the first opportunity for board members to reconsider medical...

Health

SQ788 takes effect Thursday, but state still has time to make rules

State Question 788 takes effect Thursday, but with emergency rules providing an extra 30 days for the state to establish the...

Health

Some things will still be illegal when medical marijuana becomes available

These are 10 examples of activities that will remain prohibited.

Health

Meet the Oklahoma health board members tweaking pot policy

Oklahoma health board members tweaking pot policy

Health

Q&A: Reporters field reader questions about cannabis

The Oklahoman's DIG Team fielded reader questions about cannabis on Friday.

Health

Oklahoma prosecutor seeks expanded probe over text messages

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he's asked state investigators to expand their...

Health

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE (AP) — A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock...

Health

Oklahoma legislative leaders form 13-member marijuana panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have named a 13-member working group of legislators to recommend...

Health

8 notable moments in Oklahoma's medical marijuana saga

It's been a crazy couple of weeks since Oklahomans voted "yes" for medical marijuana. Here are 8 notable moments since the...

Health

AG agrees to advise Health Department on Rx marijuana rules

Attorney General Mike Hunter agreed to provide a team to advise the Oklahoma State Department of Health. On the same day, a...

Health

Oklahoma AG assembles team of lawyers over marijuana rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general says he's assigning a team of lawyers to advise him on matters surrounding the...

A new generation enters a changing school system

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It was the first day of school for prekindergarten students, the class of 2032, a new generation of Oklahomans embarking on a school career that 14 years later will send them off into a world that promises to be remarkably different from today.

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Only 20,000 more signatures needed for recreational marijuana petition, organizers say

The number of signatures in support of State Question 797 rose by more than 20,000 in the last week, according to the group's...

Business

Medical marijuana comes with real (estate) consequences

In Oklahoma, it's time to take "Marijuana in Property Management" seriously.

Health

Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — How much medical marijuana is in the pipeline in Oregon? The managers of the state's program concede that...

Health
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First lawsuit filed over Oklahoma medical marijuana

A pro-marijuana group claims five members of the state Board of Health violated open-government laws by meeting behind closed...

Health

Georgia GOP governor's debate focuses on secret recording

ATLANTA (AP) — During a tense debate between the two Republicans vying for Georgia governor, both candidates tried to make the...

Health

Doctors, pharmacists propose ban on smoking medical pot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of medical professionals that opposed a medical marijuana state question approved by voters last...

Health

Medical industry pushes for THC limits on medical marijuana

Although a large majority of public comments about State Question 788 urged the Oklahoma State Department of Health not to...

Health

Utah's state-funded study of pot's effects on pain delayed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A $500,000 state-funded study, designed to gauge marijuana's impact on pain, has been delayed so many...

News

Edmond Schools voices concerns of possible medical marijuana impact on students

Edmond Public Schools officials voiced concerns this week of the possible impact of legal medical marijuana on thousands of...

Business
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Q&A: Can workers with medical licenses be fired for drug tests?

Q&A with Charlie Plumb: Possession, use of marijuana at work still prohibited, regardless of Tuesday's vote

Health

Arizona court: Hashish not included in medical marijuana law

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court has ruled that medical marijuana patients can still face arrest when in possession of hashish...

Health
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Election recap: Medical marijuana passes, runoff after runoff and more

Oklahomans took the polls Tuesday where they voted "yes" to medical marijuana, showed the door to some House lawmakers and more.

Health

Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana state question despite opposition from law enforcement, faith leaders

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana state question despite opposition from law enforcement, faith...

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Recap: The Oklahoman's June 24, 2018 primary pre-election coverage

Recap: The Oklahoman's June 24, 2018 primary pre-election coverage

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Oklahomans turn out for first day of early voting

Charles Tate typically votes with his wife on Election Day. He likes to bring his children, ages 3 and 5, so the kids can learn...

Health

Pot advocate sues sheriff over removal from forum

Charles "Chip" Paul alleges Sheriff Scott Walton assaulted and battered him during a forum earlier this week.Video: Medical...

Health

Pain medicine group cancels doctor training about marijuana

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal...

Health

Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in...

Health

UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced Tuesday it would move to lift its ban on cannabis-based medicines, amid mounting...

Health

Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

LONDON (AP) — The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the U.K. is calling for an...

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State Question 788: A roundup of coverage about Oklahoma's medical marijuana vote

Here's a roundup of all our coverage detailing the upcoming vote on medical marijuana.

Business

Legal Counsel: Medical marijuana measure manageable for employers

Legal Counsel: Medical marijuana measure manageable for employers

Business

Small businesses grapple with maze of conflicting pot laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their...

Business

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

WASHINGTON (AP) — FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New...

Business

Money from pot taxes doesn't fix Colorado teachers' problems

DENVER (AP) — Colorado teachers are protesting this week for higher salaries and increased money for schools, prompting...

News

Forum to explore state question to legalize medical marijuana

The Heartland Republican Women’s Club will host a forum on State Question 788 at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Edmond Community...

Health

'If you're for full-on recreational marijuana, this is not your bill,' lawmaker says

House Bill 3468, by Rep. John Jordan, R-Yukon, sets up an independent commission that would be activated if voters approve...

Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

LifeMay 13, 2018

Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and influential Southern Baptist Convention leader who is currently embroiled in controversy surrounding past remarks he...

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Executive Q&A with Scarlet Le-Cao: Vietnamese immigrant grabs hold of the American dream she watched as a girl on the...

Business2 days ago

Executive Q&A with Scarlet Le-Cao: Vietnamese immigrant grabs hold of the American dream she watched as a girl on the silver screen

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OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

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OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

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Father of deceased OU star criticizes Drummond in ads

News5 days ago

Latest negative ads focus on the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.

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Accounting firm set to bring life to historic Midtown church

Business5 days ago

The last empty, endangered historic church in downtown Oklahoma City is set to be redeveloped into offices and a residence following its recent sale to a local accounting firm.

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What's new on campus?

News2 days ago

Oklahoma Christian University is addressing the challenges facing small private colleges by constantly adapting and adding new programs and services.

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What seven Oklahoma death row inmates think of nitrogen gas

News2 days ago

"I am not afraid of the gas! That would only be three or four minutes of suffering. I have suffered untold torments from this prison."

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Will Edmondson benefit from Cornett-Stitt fight?

News2 days ago

The negative turn in the Republican gubernatorial race means the GOP will have to unite quickly for the general election campaign.

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