In June 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th state in the United States to legalize medical marijuana.
State Question 788 was approved by voters with 56% of the vote, making it legal for patients with certain qualifying conditions to possess and use cannabis with a valid medical license.
Under Oklahoma law, qualifying medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, among others. Patients who obtain a physician’s recommendation can apply for a medical marijuana license from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). Once a license is issued, patients can possess up to three ounces of cannabis on their person and up to eight ounces in their home.
The law also allows for licensed dispensaries to sell cannabis products to patients, but medical marijuana businesses are heavily regulated and licensed by the state. Dispensaries must have a licensed pharmacist on staff, and all products sold must undergo rigorous testing for potency and contaminants.
In addition to medical use, Oklahoma’s cannabis law also allows for adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use, as well as up to eight ounces in their home. However, smoking in public is prohibited, and there are limits on the amount of THC allowed in edible products.
Despite the legalization of medical marijuana and limited recreational use, possession of any amount of cannabis without a valid license is still illegal under Oklahoma law. Possessing up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis for personal use is considered a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possessing more than this amount or selling cannabis without a license is considered a felony offense, with penalties ranging from two years to life in prison and fines of up to $20,000.
Overall, Oklahoma’s cannabis law represents a significant shift in the state’s attitudes towards marijuana. While it is still heavily regulated, the legalization of medical cannabis and limited recreational use have provided new opportunities for patients, businesses, and the state as a whole. However, it is important for individuals to understand the intricacies of the law and ensure they are in compliance to avoid any legal issues.