Updated on August 31, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
The Boomer Sooner state may be one of the more progressive medical marijuana programs in the country. In Oklahoma, there are more than 2,000 dispensaries licensed to provide patients with medical marijuana products.
Patients can purchase a full spectrum of products including tinctures, smokable flowers, vape cartridges, and edibles. Oklahoma is also one of the few states that allow for the cultivation of cannabis plants at home (in a residential dwelling) for personal medical use.
Adult-use or recreational marijuana is not legal in Oklahoma. Possession of marijuana without a valid patient card is a criminal offense. If you are interested in getting an Oklahoma medical marijuana license, there are a few steps to take to make sure you are legally protected.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) regulates and manages the cannabis patient registry. Patients who are over the age of 18 years can apply as an adult for their own medical marijuana card. This can be done without parental consent.
Patients who are under the age of 18 years can only legally access medical cannabis if they are registered with OMMA and have a designated caregiver. The caregiver must be over 21 years old and a parent or legal guardian for the minor.
Medical cannabis is legalized but still a controlled substance in Oklahoma. Like buying any other kind of controlled substance (cigarettes or alcohol) age and identity verification are required.
The forms of identification accepted by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) include a valid driver’s license, American Passport, or Tribal Identification Card. Proof of Medicaid, Medicare, or Disabled Veteran Status can also be provided.
For Oklahoma residents who are indigenous or Native American residents, some native communities have not recognized medical cannabis legalization. Patients living in those areas may still face legal problems, even if they have a medical marijuana card.
Individual cities in Oklahoma like Tulsa, Cushing, and Yukon Oklahoma have separate legislation and ordinances for patients. Some also have restrictive zoning requirements about the location of dispensaries in proximity to Schools, Churches, and daycares.
Source Web 2020: TulsaWorld.com
Part of the marijuana card registration in Oklahoma requires proof of residence. What this means is that you must provide evidence that you are a full-time resident living in Oklahoma. If you are not a permanent resident of Oklahoma, you will not be eligible to receive a medical marijuana card.
There are a few different documents you can provide including a deed to a residential home in the state, a rental agreement or lease, or a valid Oklahoma voter ID card. Government letters or municipal utility (water, electricity, garbage disposal) can be used. Cell phone or internet bills addressed to your home are not accepted by OMMA.
Physicians are not required to be registered by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). That means any physician can provide a health evaluation and recommendation for a patient. If the physician knows and has assessed the patient and feels that medical cannabis may provide a benefit.
A medical marijuana doctor in Oklahoma can recommend long-term or ongoing access to therapeutic cannabis. The physician can also choose to recommend a short-term or temporary medical marijuana card to a patient with a condition that is expected to improve quickly.
For instance, a physician may issue a temporary card to a patient who is allergic to opioids and undergoing a surgical procedure. Temporary Oklahoma medical marijuana licenses can be issued for a period of up to sixty (60) days. A doctor can also terminate a medical marijuana license if he feels cannabis poses a risk to the patient.
There was a recent amendment to the medical marijuana laws in Oklahoma. Bill HB 26126 was signed in March 2019. The new Bill made certain amounts of each type of medical cannabis products limited by quantity. However, the amount of cannabis that a patient may purchase is not restrictive.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) states that registered patients may have:
Even though generous amounts of cannabis are legal to purchase or possess for an Oklahoma medical marijuana cardholder, without an MMJ card, misdemeanor charges can still happen. However, Oklahoma also decriminalized personal use amounts of cannabis. Misdemeanor charges for non-cardholding residents include a fine, but no jail time.
Oklahoma is another state that has started mass expungement of cannabis charges. Over-incarceration rates for marijuana possession have resulted in pardons and the ongoing release of inmates charged with cannabis misdemeanors.
One of the interesting statewide marijuana laws in Oklahoma applies a per gram tax fine for cannabis possession. If the individual is not a cardholding resident of Oklahoma, if they are caught in possession of cannabis, they will be forced to purchase a stamp.
The cost is $3.50 per gram for taxation of marijuana by non-cardholders in Oklahoma. The stamp is placed on contraband cannabis. Those fined for possession who do not pay the tax stamp, can face a fine that is 200 times the original punitive amount.
Medical marijuana programs in all states can be subject to legal changes. To learn more about how some of the proposed changes to the medical marijuana program in Oklahoma, bookmark these resource pages.
Enrolled House Bill No. 2612 (Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act)