Oklahoma Laws

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State Question 788

On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, which made the medical use of marijuana legal in the state. Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) was established to administer the rules and regulations governing the medical cannabis program for the state. OMMA oversees the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).   

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Age Requirements: 18+ for Medical

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Medical Marijuana Patient License

  

  • Adults: Adult residents of Oklahoma may apply for a medical  marijuana license if an Oklahoma board-certified physician signs their  application. Unlike most medical marijuana states, there is no list of 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.” The licenses must be renewed every two years. Applications cost $100 unless the patient is enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, or SoonerCare, in which case it is $20.
  • Minors: Patients who are under 18 years of age only qualify for the program if two physicians sign their applications.
  • Visiting Patients: Patients who can prove they are registered in another medical marijuana state with a regulated program may apply for and be issued a temporary, 30-day, medical marijuana license for a $100 fee. 
  • Caregivers: Caregivers may receive a license to assist homebound patients. Patients in the registry who require assistance obtaining or using medical cannabis may designate an authorized caregiver only if the physician’s recommendation form attached to the patient’s application includes certification of the patients need for a      caregiver. 

Registry Identification Card (Medical Marijuana Card

Only patients, their designated caregiver, and authorized cannabis licensees, who are registered with the OMMA, and who hold a valid registry identification card, can legally possess medical cannabis.

License Process and Approval

The application process takes about 14 days from the date it is submitted to the OMMA. If a patient’s application meets all requirements, an approval letter and identification card will be mailed to the patient’s residence. Both the application and payment will be collected online. 


Applications must be submitted within 30 days of obtaining a signed physician’s written certificate. A digital copy of this form must be submitted with the application through the online system.


Patients

● Digital copy of proof of Oklahoma residency

● Digital copy of proof of identity

● A clear, color, full-face digital photograph valid for use in U.S. passports 

● Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form, dated within 30 days of application submission

● If applicable, proof of Medicaid or Medicare enrollment

● Application fee of $100, or $20 for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees

Caregivers

● Digital copy of proof of Oklahoma residency

● Digital copy of proof of identity

● A clear, color, full-face digital photograph valid for use in U.S. passports

● Submitted appropriate Patient Caregiver Designation Form signed by the patient

Other Areas

Cultivation: Patients who elect to cultivate their own cannabis are limited to six (6) mature plants and six (6) seedlings. Patients may also designate a caregiver to grow cannabis plants on their behalf.


Possession Limit for Flower: Only patients, their designated caregiver, and authorized cannabis licensees, who are registered with the OMMA, and who hold a valid registry identification card, can legally possess medical cannabis.


Possession Limit for Flower: 3 oz for Medical


Possession Limit for Concentrates:1 oz for Medical


Purchasers of Medical Marijuana: Authorized patients and their designated caregivers may purchase medical cannabis from a state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary. If patients are unable to make the transaction themselves, they may also designate up to one (1) caregiver to purchase and transport the medical cannabis on their behalf. Children younger than 18 can designate two (2) caregivers who are parents or legal guardians.


Consumption – Private Space: Cannabis consumption must take place in a private space. Smoking or vaping in a designated outdoor smoking area and any non-smoking area is prohibited. Operating any vehicle, including a bicycle, under the influence of cannabis is illegal. Consumption in a vehicle is prohibited at all times by either drivers or passengers.


Delivery: Delivery services are not currently authorized by the OSDH. 

How to Obtain An Oklahoma Marijuana Patient License

STEP 1: GET AND COMPLETE APPLICATION

Please Note: There is no list of qualifying conditions, nor any specified criteria for patients to receive a physician’s recommendation. 


Print and complete the patient information portion of the physician recommendation form. You can download a copy athttp://omma.ok.gov.

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STEP 2: TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

Schedule an appointment with an Oklahoma Board Certified MD or DO. During your visit present the Physician Recommendation Form for your doctor to complete and sign. Note: Minor patients need a recommendation from two physicians.


This is NOT a prescription, your doctor’s signature is simply certifying you have a medical condition and may receive therapeutic benefits from the use of medical cannabis. This form must be submitted to OMMA within 30 days of the physician’s signature to be valid.

STEP 3: REGISTER & UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS

Register with OMMA. Access the patient portal and create an account. Please note whichever email address designated to log in will be used by OMMA to send notices once the account is created.


The application fee is $100 (Medicaid patients will pay a reduced fee of $20) and can be paid using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. This fee is nonrefundable. You will receive an approval letter including your Patient Identification Card within 14 days of submitting the application.  

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History of the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis, Marijuana, or Pot?   

In various jurisdictions “cannabis,” which is the name of the genus of a flowering plant some of whose subspecies contain the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is referred to as marijuana for legal purposes. For many in the medical marijuana community, “cannabis” is the preferred term because of its scientific connotations. “Marijuana” is a more colloquial term and, for various reasons, is sometimes seen as somehow slighting or 


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derogatory. “Pot” — and the many other slang terms for cannabis — is used all the time informally but generally in business a degree of formality is appropriate. 


Dispensary, Pot Shop, Compassion Club, Cannabis Center? 

When medical marijuana first emerged in the 1990s, a lot of the activity operated as compassion clubs or dispensaries. The term itself has no special legal significance, although in medical situations, it can denote an in-house pharmacy in a hospital or other care facility. The key thing was that “dispensary” sounded medical but did not get the medical marijuana people in trouble with the private pharmacies in their areas. Over time, the word has come to designate both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana stores. However, in jurisdictions where recreational pot has become legalized, stores tend to be called everything from pot shops to cannabis centers.


Hemp and Cannabis 

Both hemp and cannabis (also known as marijuana) plants are strains of Cannabis sativa L. The major difference between them, according to government definitions, is the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in them. THC is the chemical that produces a “high,” or altered state of mind, when consumed. Growers and researchers also point to physical differences between the plants. Various parts of the hemp plant—seeds, oil and fiber—can be used for products such as textiles, fuel, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages. Medical and recreational cannabis products are usually produced from the flowers and buds of the plant and can contain higher amounts of THC. Growers of both plants choose strains and adopt practices to promote the harvest potential of certain parts of the plant—whether stalks, seeds, leaves or flowers—depending on the intended end product.
A multitude of chemical compounds are found in cannabis plants, with THC and cannabinoids (CBD) being the most notable and commonly studied for medicinal purposes. While THC produces a “high” and may have therapeutic benefits, CBD is non-psychoactive and may also have therapeutic benefits, such as decreasing pain and inflammation. These chemicals are extracted from the plant and typically are concentrated in the resin that coats the leaves and flowers. Although hemp plants may contain varying levels of CBD, there is debate on whether hemp is the best source of CBD for medicinal products. Lawmakers and other stakeholders are looking for clarity in how both of these plants can be grown and processed for products that have medical benefit under state law, and whether they can be sold across state lines. 

(Regulating Hemp and Cannabis-Based Products by By Mindy Bridges and Karmen Hanson | Vol . 25, No. 37 / October 2017 | Research from http://www.ncsl.org/research/agriculture-and-rural-development/regulating-hemp-and-cannabis-based-products.aspx)

Marijuana Defined

Marijuana is defined by the CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT as: “All parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted  from any part of such plant; and every compound manufacture,salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resins; but shall not include the mature stalks of such plant,fiber produced from such stalks oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.” 


So. According to the Controlled Substance Act definition itself, certain part of the cannabis plant are clearly illegal, while
others fall into a grayer area. One of these - for the most part - is CBD extracted from the “legal” parts of the cannabis plant, and non-marijuana industrial hemp plants which, as defined by Section 7606 of the Farm Bill are cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent THC.

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