On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma approved a medical marijuana program. As more details evolve, we will be updating the information below. In the meantime, please create an account and signup for our newsletter to get the latest updates!
After the OMMA issues medical marijuana cards and legal plants mature, patients can get medicine from two sources. They can buy medicinal cannabis from an authorized dispensary or grow up to six mature plants and six seedlings. State Question 788 places no limit on the number of available dispensary licenses. [Information accessed August 9, 2018]
Applying for an Oklahoma medical marijuana ID card costs $100. Patients enrolled in Medicaid/SoonerCare or Medicare may pay a reduced fee of $20.
Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788 on June 26, 2018. This initiative legalized medical marijuana for patients registered with the OMMA. SQ 788 imposed a 30-day timeline for the State Department of Health to make application materials available for patients, caregivers and businesses. It also required the initiative to become effective within this timeline.
The Board of Health approved emergency rules for program implementation on July 10, 2018, and Governor Fallin approved them the following day. But, these regulations implemented restrictions, such as a limit on THC content and a ban on smokable marijuana and edibles.
On July 18, 2018, the Oklahoma Attorney General sent a letter to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, stating they overstepped their authority when drafting these rules. After receiving more guidance from the Attorney General, the Board of Health had a special meeting to overview the latest draft on August 1, 2018.
The revised draft lifted restrictions on THC levels, smokable and edible medicine and dispensary hours of operation, among other limits. Governor Fallin authorized these revisions on August 8, 2018.
In the time between this development and the deadline for permanent rules on April 1, 2019, the Board of Health and a legislative committee may further change the official regulations. Check back with MarijuanaDoctors.com for the latest changes.
In accordance with the timeline described in SQ 788, the OMMA made application information available for patients, caregivers, producers, growers, physicians and dispensaries on July 26, 2018. By August 25, 2018, they will begin to accept online applications and process them by the next business day. Within 14 days, or by September 9, 2018, the OMMA will send approvals, denials and licenses to the program’s first applicants.
Both adults and minors may apply for a medical marijuana card. Adult applications require one recommendation form from a doctor, while minor applications need two. They must also submit proof of residency, proof of identity and a picture suitable for an ID. Patients who hold a medical cannabis card from another state may apply for a temporary license that stays valid for 30 days. Homebound patients may elect a caregiver to acquire medicine for them.
Dispensaries, processors and growers complete a similar application process that applies to businesses. They all receive a commercial license that corresponds to their activities. Anyone who wants to have multiple business types must apply for separate licenses for each location.
A research license allows a person or organization to grow, produce, transport and own marijuana for research purposes only. They only need a single research license to conduct these activities, but they still must apply for a commercial license if they plan to do any profitable marijuana-related activities.
All commercial and research licenses come with a transportation license. Applicants and owners must be adults over 25 and Oklahoma residents. If an entity has multiple owners or managers, at least 75 percent of them must have Oklahoma residency. Principal research investigators and owners cannot have a nonviolent felony conviction within the past two years or a violent felony conviction within the past five years.
Business and research license holders must also sign up with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Control before owning any cannabis.
SQ 788 clearly states that “there are no qualifying conditions.” Instead, a physician may follow the same judgment they would use to prescribe any other medication. If a doctor refuses to complete a recommendation for your illness, you may visit another doctor for a second opinion. Conditions commonly treated with cannabis medicine include:
Doctors may join an OMMA registry to expedite their patients’ applications, but they don’t have to register to write a recommendation. They must have certification from the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure or Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners.
Under SQ 788’s proposed regulations, licensed patients can:
Patients without a license charged with possession of up to one and one-half ounces of marijuana may cite a medical condition to receive a misdemeanor and up to $400 in fines. Regular possession charges have a penalty of up to one year of imprisonment and $1000 in fines.
A patient and physician must establish a bonafide physician-patient relationship in order for the patient to get a recommendation.
According to Oklahoma law, a bonafide physician-patient relationship can start through telemedicine. The OMMA does not add any regulations stating that a medical marijuana patient has to have an in-person examination. Homebound and remote patients can receive a recommendation or renewal through telemedicine services without having to visit a physician in-person. Find a doctor today using our telemedicine portal.