Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Medical Marijuana Regulations, Advocates Call For Action

The Oklahoma State Board of Health adopted a set of rules regulating the use of medical marijuana following the passing of State Question 788 and the rules have now been signed off by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Many supporters of the law are angry over the new rules and feel that it is beyond the board’s authority. Advocates are considering legal action against the board, the Associated press reports.

“Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into place strict emergency rules for medical marijuana that pot advocates say are intentionally aimed at delaying the voter-approved use of medicinal cannabis.

The term-limited Republican governor signed the rules just one day after her appointees on the state's Board of Health adopted them at an emergency meeting after last-minute changes to ban the sale of smokable marijuana and require a pharmacist at every pot dispensary.

Those late additions to the rules infuriated longtime medical marijuana advocates who helped get the measure on the ballot last month, when nearly 57 percent of Oklahoma voters approved it . Her quick signature also came just as medical pot advocates were rallying supporters to urge her to reject them.

‘People are completely angry. They voted for (State Question) 788 and now you have the health department and our governor pull these shenanigans?’ said Isaac Caviness, president of Green the Vote, a marijuana advocacy group that pushed for the passage of the state question. ‘It's a slap in the face to all activists. It's a slap in the face to all Oklahomans who voted on 788.’”

Read the full story from the Associated Press here.

Source : http://www.oudaily.com/news/oklahoma-governor-mary-fallin-signs-medical-marijuana-regulations-advocates-call/article_d86e38b2-85fe-11e8-bb2e-577725c3f2bd.html

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