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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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Health board sends marijuana edibles rules to governor

Some advocates welcomed the vote, saying it would bring clarity to the market for cannabis-infused food.

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Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuana

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion...

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Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot

The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is joining some of the biggest names in beer in exploring the budding cannabis...

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Utah patients can use medical pot; but concerns still loom

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Patients can use medical marijuana legally in conservative Utah after a compromise agreement was signed...

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Some Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries are now selling products

Oklahomans with medical marijuana cards can buy pot from some dispensaries.

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State court ruling could change how drug tests are viewed in workers comp cases

An appellate court approved a workers' compensation claim despite the injured employee's positive drug test.

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Marijuana act could send outdated drug, alcohol policies up in smoke

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) is in full effect; what is outlined in this act that employers need to know?

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Calls to Oklahoma poison center for marijuana increased last year

Calls to Oklahoma’s poison control hotline for help related to marijuana increased by 75 percent in 2017, and could continue to...

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Large voter turnout in Oklahoma means initiative petitions will need more signatures

More voters cast ballots for governor on Nov. 6 than in the prior gubernatorial election.

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Oklahoma cannabis group criticizes Baptist resolution against pot

Oklahoma cannabis group responds to Baptist resolution approved this week against recreational marijuana use.

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Baptist panel passes anti-pot measure

Oklahoma's Southern Baptists, "alarmed" about the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, want Oklahomans to resist efforts to...

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After long wait, 1st legal pot shops on East Coast to open

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site...

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Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — The outcome of the midterm elections was good for the stock market in general, mostly because it didn't produce...

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Moore won't enforce marijuana ordinances following Broken Arrow case

City Attorney Randy Brink said the city had passed zoning rules restricting where some types of marijuana businesses could...

Business

Marijuana dispensaries still growing

Much of Oklahoma's growing medical marijuana industry is doing just that — still growing. Many Oklahoma City businesses secured...

Health

Oklahoma doctors, pain patients search for clarity on marijuana

Medical marijuana supporters estimate about 50 pain management doctors around the state have decided to discharge patients who...

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Readers offer feedback on sunscreen, CBD and how to treat 'hanger'

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to autumn! You've been keeping our mailboxes full, so let's dive right in. After a recent...

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Recreational pot measure has high interest in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes that voters will approve the drug's use...

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Lawsuit targets medical marijuana registration, taxes

Caulfield Holdings Botanicals, a Tulsa company that intends to grow marijuana for the medical market filed a class-action...

Business

Still work to be done on rules involving medical-marijuana physicians

If you would have told me a year ago that the first legal medical-marijuana sale would take place before the first strong beer...

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Nine-year-old sells out of Girl Guide cookies in front of cannabis store on first day

A nine-year-old Alberta girl managed to rapidly sell out of Girl Guide cookies by targeting cannabis consumers on the first day...

Five Tribes await, and prepare for, U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Creek reservation case

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The other four of the Five Tribes have researched and prepared themselves for a ruling that could ultimately determine whether they also have a reservation.

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Health

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

MONTREAL (AP) — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to...

Business

Commercial real estate industry faces unique cannabis issues

Commercial real estate industry faces unique cannabis issues Q: How does the state's new medical marijuana law affect zoning in...

Health

Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

MONTREAL (AP) — Jubilant customers stood in long lines for hours then lit up and celebrated on sidewalks Wednesday as Canada...

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Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic...

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Marijuana could hit shelves before mandated testing

Marijuana will likely be available before state requires testing.

Health

Three's a crowd: Missouri voters must sift medical pot plans

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri supporters of medical marijuana will have their say in the November election. The only question: Do...

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Federal law on marijuana has banks hesitant

Federal law still has a say in whether marijuana is legal, leaving banks to judge whether they should offer services to...

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Green grows the cannabis

It's a business dedicated to growth — horticulturally speaking, of course. As the medical marijuana industry launches in...

Health

More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed

DELTA, British Columbia (AP) — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and...

Health

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and...

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4 states to decide on marijuana ballot initiatives this fall

Nine states have legalized marijuana for so-called recreational use since 2012, including eight at the ballot box. Thirty-one...

Business

Marijuana dispensary to go into Donnay Building

The former home of the Drunken Fry is set to become the new home of a medical marijuana dispensary. A building permit...

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State briefs for Oct. 5

Director named for Medical pot authority The state Health Department announced Thursday that Adrienne Rollins will take over as...

Health

Mormon church joins lawmakers, Utah governor in deal to legalize medical marijuana even if ballot initiative fails

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church joins lawmakers, Utah governor in deal to legalize medical marijuana even if ballot...

Health

New rulings on medical marijuana use go against employers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Health care worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal...

Business

Broken Arrow sued over medical marijuana ordinance

TULSA — A Tulsa attorney representing medical marijuana business licensees took legal action Tuesday in hopes of preventing the...

Health

Effort to amend Oklahoma marijuana rules began before vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public records show that efforts were in place to amend Oklahoma's medical marijuana law weeks before...

Business

Daily Q&A with Bob Luttrell: Guns, marijuana don’t mix under federal law

Daily Q&A with Bob Luttrell: Guns, marijuana don’t mix under federal law

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Medical marijuana seminars planned Oct. 9-10 for employers

Canadian Valley Technology Centers will host medical marijuana presentations on Oct. 9 and 10.

Business

It's high times for soaring marijuana stocks on Wall Street

Investors are craving marijuana stocks as Canada prepares to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada-based...

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Many unknowns for employers after medical marijuana passed, group says

Companies are exposed to lawsuits without changes to Oklahoma's medical marijuana law, the State Chamber of Oklahoma said...

Business

Lawsuit promised over city's new $2,500 annual fee for medical marijuana businesses.

Broken Arrow city council approves $2,500 annual fee for medical marijuana businesses. Meanwhile, a Tulsa-based attorney plans...

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Oklahoma game wardens uproot marijuana plants at illegal grow site

Three Oklahoma game wardens were tasked with uprooting a patch of marijuana inside a wildlife management area in eastern Oklahoma.

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Special session or not? Medical cannabis might not need lawmakers back at the Capitol

Oklahoma House Democrats urge majority leadership to call a special session to address medical marijuana issues, but...

Business

Q&A with J. Blake Johnson: Oklahoma's medical marijuana market fraught with pitfalls

Q&A with J. Blake Johnson: Oklahoma's medical marijuana market fraught with pitfalls

Health

Investigator at Oklahoma Health Department disciplined for affair with supervisor who emailed fake threats to herself

Disciplinary action is another twist in the controversy surrounding regulations on medical marijuana.

Business

Oklahoma investors await marijuana industry regulations

Oklahoma residents looking to invest in the state's upcoming medical marijuana industry are anxiously awaiting the passage of...

Health

A few Oklahoma doctors take the plunge on marijuana, but many wait

State Question 788, which voters passed in late June, doesn’t provide in-depth instruction on how to determine if a patient is...

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Testing, labeling, recalls not included in medical marijuana state question

Oklahoma's legislative working group on medical marijuana held its seventh meeting Wednesday to discuss testing, recalls and...

Business

Oklahoma firms getting ready for medical marijuana policies for the workplace

Medical marijuana continues its march toward implementation in Oklahoma, and employers gathered at Rose State College on...

Business

Q&A: Cannabis dispensaries a ways off, attorney says

Q&A with Elizabeth L. Dalton: Medical marijuana dispensaries a ways off

OKC woman offers free 'mom hugs' to LGBTQ community

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Woman of faith turns her fear for her gay son into a celebration of him and launched Free Mom Hugs, a worldwide movement that embraces both parents and their gay children.

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Opinion

Oklahoma lawmakers solicit experts, then reject them

THE Legislature's failure to prepare in any way for the possible legalization of medical marijuana has long been obvious....

News

Latest medical marijuana proposal would protect welfare recipients

The most recent version of a 'unity' bill being proposed to regulate the medical marijuana industry includes a specific...

Health

Oklahoma follows most states in Rx pot, with some unique aspects

Oklahoma is following 29 other states that have already legalized medical marijuana, many of which faced the same types of...

Business

Marijuana-industry retailer expanding into Oklahoma

Denver-based GrowGeneration Corp. on Wednesday announced plans for an Oklahoma City warehouse and product showroom to support...

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First medical marijuana licenses approved Saturday in Oklahoma

The rollout of the state’s application portal for medical marijuana licenses went smoothly Saturday, with some residents noting...

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What you need to know before applying for a medical marijuana license

The Oklahoma State Department of Health expects about 80,000 people to apply for licenses over the course of the first year,...

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Recap: Meeting to study medical marijuana policy

Get live updates from today's meeting to study the medical marijuana policy, which will allow members of the public to comment.

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Federal law fogs pot's promise for real estate

All property market sectors looking for returns from medical marijuana need to remember: It's still illegal at the federal level.

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Oklahoma judge lets medical marijuana rules go forward

Petitioners had challenged 21 medical marijuana rules.

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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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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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Recreational marijuana petition falls short

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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BrandInsight

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

OKC man gets seven years in DUI, manslaughter case

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OKC man gets seven years in DUI, manslaughter case

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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,...

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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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Meet the Oklahoma health board members tweaking pot policy

Oklahoma health board members tweaking pot policy

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Q&A: Reporters field reader questions about cannabis

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

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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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...

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...

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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

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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.

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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...

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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

Former OU football player gets 5 years for fraud scheme

News2 days ago

Former OU Sooners wide receiver T.J. Hamilton gets five years for financial scams.

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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...

OU working on MBA for aerospace, defense contractors

Business4 days ago

University staff have engaged the local defense industry about how the program should be designed.

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ProCure cancer treatment center will be sold

Health1 day ago

Oklahoma's ProCure cancer treatment center will be sold by the end of the year.

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OKC Streetcar draws a crowd

Business1 day ago

Decades after being edged out by the automobile, trolleys are back. Oklahoma City began service Friday morning on downtown's $136 million MAPS 3 streetcar system, reviving a long-dormant transportation option. Financed by a voter-approved...

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Executive director of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission resigns after audit discussion

Business3 days ago

The executive director of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission abruptly resigned Wednesday following a closed-door meeting between state auditors and commission members. The resignation of Executive Director Charla Slabotsky was confirmed...

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'A safe haven': 'Green Book' movie, preservation efforts fuel renaissance for former Threatt Filling Station in Luther

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The Threatt Filling Station in Luther is already on the National Register of Historic Places, but recent preservation efforts begun by the Threatt family and historians, along with the new movie "Green Book," have helped usher in a renaissance of...

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Cousin Eddie's hat theft leads to novel idea for donating warm clothing

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The theft of a hat on a statue in an Oklahoma City yard leads to a novel way of donating warm clothes to the homeless.

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