Over 350 new laws went into effect in Oklahoma on November 1st that cover everything from a new highway named after Donald Trump to access to medical marijuana. The changes that will affect the cannabis industry, published by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), will impact patients, growers, and license holders, many of which will make accessibility increasingly tricky.
House Bill 2646 will offer some benefits to both dispensaries and patients. Storefronts will officially provide samples of their product, though not in the way most would hope. Medical marijuana dispensaries can now have display jars on their shelves for patients to view while deciding what to purchase. Additionally, dispensaries will have the option to sell their own pre-rolls.
As for medical patients, a few changes could affect access to cannabis in the future. For one, physicians will now have to maintain a “good standing” with the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision or the State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Secondly, any termination of a physician’s recommendation for medicinal marijuana will immediately void a cardholder’s license. Additionally, Oklahoma voter IDs are not valid as proof of residency anymore.
The commercial sector will be hit the hardest with the number of changes that will take place. Things like the need to submit the back of a driver’s license or ID will no longer be in effect, nor will certificate compliance under most circumstances. However, there will be more diligent actions taken to maintain quality control and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors.