Updated on July 9, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voted on State Question 788 to legalize medical marijuana, making it the 30th state in the nation to legalize medicinal cannabis. The proposal passed by a 43%-57% margin and allows doctors to recommend cannabis for all conditions they see fit. The newly drafted law will allow legal patients to receive ID cards, possess up to three ounces of medicinal cannabis in public, and store up to eight ounces at home.
The State of Oklahoma legalized medical marijuana on June 26, 2018. The law passed in June 2018 allowed patients tor eceive state ID cards and added protection from medicinal cannabis patients who don’t go through the process of getting a state-issued identification card. Previously, on April 30, 2015, the State of Oklahoma passed a bill that does allow patients diagnosed with severe forms of epilepsy, to now use cannabidiol (CBD) — a cannabinoid found in cannabis — to treat severe cases of epilepsy. CBD cannabis oil has shown to have medical benefit for treating and controlling otherwise uncontrollable seizure disorders.
Signed by Mary Fallin Governor of Oklahoma, House Bill 2154 limits the amount of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content in the cannabis oil to no more than 0.3% THC.
Upon passage, Governor Fallin said that the bill will ultimately allow sick children the opportunity to access what could potentially be, life-changing medicine. The Governor went on further proclaiming that the CBD oil is a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana, meaning that there is no potential “high.”
The legislation has been crafted such that medical studies will be tightly controlled in an effort to scientifically research potential treatments, in a responsible way — the law’s focus is on support for well supervised medical trials studying the effects of CBD use in children diagnosed with debilitating seizures.
For more information on how to access CBD cannabis oil in Oklahoma, kindly contact the Oklahoma Department of Health directly.
In February 2017, legislation was introduced to create the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act of 2017, which would provide an exemption from criminal action to patients who qualify for medical marijuana.
On February 6, 2017, Rep. Eric Proctor introduced House Bill 1877 to enact the Medical Marijuana Act of 2017. The measures proposed in the bill are thought to be a replica of what’s being considered in the Arkansas Legislature where voters legalized medical marijuana in November 2016.
If the HB 1877 is passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Oklahoma’s governor, it will exempt qualifying patients from civil and criminal or disciplinary actions for use or transfer of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill directs the Department of Health to create rules governing the sale of medical marijuana by dispensaries. It also tasks the DOH to issue registry identification cards to patients and caregivers who qualify for them.
Some of the qualifying medical conditions for which licensed physicians may recommend or prescribe medical marijuana under the proposed act include:
Medical cannabis may also be used to treat any debilitating or chronic disease that results in conditions such as the following:
Under the provisions of the proposed act, a qualifying patient must be diagnosed by a licensed physician in Oklahoma as having a medical condition that qualifies for medical marijuana. The patient must also be registered with the Department of Health.
The bill also recognizes a visiting qualifying patient. This is a person who has a qualifying medical condition and isn’t an Oklahoma resident, but has the registry ID card or the equivalent from another state. Such a person will be exempted from being penalized for possessing medical marijuana. Usable marijuana is specified as the waxes, vapors, oils, flowers, dried leaves, roots, seeds, stalks and other parts of the plant or a mixture or preparation that contains various parts of it.