State lawmakers and hashish activists are pushing again towards restrictions positioned on Oklahoma’s fledgling medical marijuana program. Voters legalized using medicinal hashish with the passage of State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 % on June 26.
On Sunday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health launched emergency guidelines to control this system. On Tuesday, the State Board of Health accepted these guidelines, however not earlier than including two notable restrictions.
No Smokable Cannabis
Under the laws, dispensaries won’t be allowed to promote smokable types of hashish. Another provision would require dispensaries to have a pharmacist on website. Those restrictions are consistent with suggestions made by the Oklahoma State Medical Association. The president of that group, Jean Hausheer, has stated she believes that voters didn’t perceive SQ 788.
Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates advised native media that permitting the sale of smokable hashish can be opposite to the board’s mission.
“To allow smokable forms would be a step back as protectors of public health in Oklahoma and certainly reasonable people can differ on that,” he stated.
Bates added that registered medical marijuana sufferers will have the ability to smoke hashish in the event that they develop it themselves.
Swift Opposition to New Rules
But lawmakers and hashish activists who help SQ 788 are already preventing again towards the board’s restrictions.
Democratic Rep. Jason Lowe stated in a launch on Tuesday the board’s determination is opposite to the desire of the individuals.
“The Oklahoma State Department of Health has enacted law that undermines one of the most participated in elections in state history and silences the voice of Oklahomans across this state. Today’s decision is an affront to democracy and an insult to the law-abiding citizens that showed up to vote for this initiative,” Lowe stated. “In order to ensure that the will of the people is protected from bureaucracy and to save the state from yet another embarrassing lawsuit, I am calling on the governor to immediately call for a special session so that the elected leaders of this state can implement the law as instructed by the citizens of Oklahoma.”
Bud Scott, the director of the advocacy group New Health Solutions Oklahoma, stated that the restrictions are too strict for some sufferers.
“No smokable product, which basically eliminates flowering bud,” he stated. “That’s a major, major problem because often times different delivery systems, the way you ingest medical cannabis, has a different impact for your specific medical condition.”
Dr. Noel Williams, an Oklahoma City doctor who has studied the endocannabinoid system, agreed.
“Unfortunately, whether it’s marijuana, or a medication, different routes of administration cause different effects, so we need to have all of them,” Williams stated.
Is Recreational Pot Next for Oklahoma?
Robert Cox is an activist who campaigned for SQ 788 and helped manage a rally within the metropolis of Norman that featured Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a speaker. He advised High Times that claims voters have been unaware sufferers would smoke medical marijuana are ridiculous.
“The opposition spent over a half-million dollars on TV ads, radio ads, newspapers, and every single ad said the same thing. This is the most liberal marijuana law in the country,” Cox stated. “It’s basically recreational. Don’t vote for it,” he stated. “Well, what happened? We voted for it. It was absolutely, positively clear.”
Cox added that the choice of the members of the well being board, who he characterised as “clueless,” has galvanized the efforts of activists who at the moment are circulating petitions for a leisure hashish initiative.
“Anytime bureaucrats do something as wrong-headed as what they did yesterday, it actually has a positive effect because I’ve never seen so much motivation as right now to get all the signatures needed for adult-use. It’s fired people up big time,” Cox stated.