Updated on August 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
SQ 788 made it legal for any board-certified Oklahoma doctor to recommend a medical marijuana card for their patients. They must follow the same standards a reasonable doctor would follow to prescribe any other form of medication. However, the state does not impose a list of qualifying conditions and leaves the decision up to the doctor’s discretion.
As of August 9, 2018, medical marijuana is on course to become available in early 2019. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) will start accepting patient applications by August 25, 2018, and begin sending out replies within 14 business days. Since marijuana plants take a few months to grow, the medical cannabis industry must wait for plants to become mature in 2019.
A patient with a state-issued medical marijuana license cannot get arrested for possessing marijuana under the legal limit or consuming it in private. SQ 788 establishes the following possession limits for registered patients:
If you can state a medical condition, you can receive more lenient punishment for owning up to one and a half ounces of marijuana. Instead of a maximum fine of $1000, you only have to pay a maximum fine of $400. This offense will count as a misdemeanor, not a felony.
Under SQ 788 and the emergency medical marijuana rules, patients who hold a medical marijuana card have the right to:
However, your patient card does not give you the right to:
If you feel a person or organization violates your rights as a patient, contact a marijuana-positive lawyer near you.
Even official patients can be subject to certain penalties when they break cannabis-related laws, and Oklahoma does not allow recreational cannabis. So, anyone without a card can receive charges for marijuana-related offenses. Read more about marijuana-related penalties in Oklahoma and how to follow the law as a patient.