Updated on May 6, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Oklahoma is one of the more liberal states for access to medical marijuana. One in 13 adult Oklahomans has a patient card. With no qualifying medical conditions required, many patients find it easy to get approval, with many consultations happening via telemedicine.
Other states with medical marijuana typically require qualifying conditions. Oklahoma leaves the decision solely to the doctor. The rules require they follow “accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending any medication to a patient.” The doctor recommendation form contains a section for doctors to list medical conditions and diagnostic codes, but it’s optional.
Sales of medical marijuana are at record volume, as marijuana dispensaries logged enough sales to spike tax collections by more than 25% during the coronavirus pandemic. This happened after Gov. Kevin Stitt issued his “Safer at Home” directive that shuttered many nonessential businesses and sent Oklahomans home from work. Stitt included marijuana dispensaries as an essential industry, however, allowing them to remain open.
Here are a few facts about State Question 788:
The laws related to criminalization and discrimination can be a bit confusing in medically legal states. In Oklahoma, the following is true:
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