New Cannabis Laws in Oklahoma in 2023
Oklahoma has been a leader in the medical cannabis movement, and the state has continued to pass new laws to expand access to medical marijuana. In 2023, several new cannabis laws went into effect, including:
This law extends the moratorium on processing and issuing new medical marijuana business licenses until 2026. This is intended to help the state regulate the existing medical marijuana industry and prevent oversaturation.
This law requires applicants seeking or renewing a medical marijuana grow license to submit a surety bond. The bond will serve as a form of financial security and applies specifically to the land area designated for commercial growing operations. This is intended to protect the state from financial losses if a grow operation is abandoned or fails to comply with regulations.
This law allows the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) to operate a quality assurance laboratory or to contract with a private lab for conducting compliance testing of medical marijuana testing. This is intended to ensure that medical marijuana products are safe and meet quality standards.
This law allows grows and dispensaries to roll and package their own pre-rolls. This is intended to give patients more options for medical marijuana products.
House Bill 2282:
subjects OBNDD registrants to similar administrative processes as current OMMA licensees. This means that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) will have the same authority to inspect and enforce compliance with regulations for OBNDD registrants as it does for current OMMA licensees.
In addition to these new laws, Oklahoma also has a number of other cannabis laws that are worth noting. For example, the state allows out-of-state patients with valid medical marijuana licenses to purchase and use medical marijuana in Oklahoma. The state also requires all medical marijuana products to be labeled with a warning that they contain THC and are not safe for children or pets.
The passage of these new cannabis laws is a sign of the continued growth of the medical marijuana industry in Oklahoma. These laws are intended to help ensure that the industry is regulated and safe for patients.
In addition to these new laws, there are a few other changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana laws that took effect in 2023. These include:
* A new tiered fee structure for medical marijuana business licenses.
* A requirement for dispensaries to separate retail cannabis product to be sold to patients from their display or sample jars meant for patient interaction.
* A prohibition on smoking cannabis at government buildings.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about the new cannabis laws in Oklahoma:
* The laws are still relatively new, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest changes.
* The laws can be complex, so it is a good idea to consult with an attorney if you have any questions.
* The laws are subject to change, so it is important to check the OMMA website regularly for updates.
Overall, the new cannabis laws in Oklahoma are a positive development for the medical marijuana industry. These laws are intended to help ensure that the industry is regulated and safe for patients.
Please always check with your attorney if you have any questions, and this is meant for educational purposes only, not meant as legal advice.