Two separate lawsuits have been filed in response to restrictions tacked onto Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana law by government regulators. Voters passed State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 percent in a June 6 election. SQ 788 legalized the medicinal use of cannabis and created a framework for a regulated supply chain.
Earlier this week, the State Department of Health released proposed rules to govern the program. But then the Oklahoma State Board of Health voted to add restrictions to the rules, including a provision banning the sale of smokable forms of cannabis at dispensaries. Another requires medical marijuana dispensaries to have a pharmacist onsite.
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One of the lawsuits has been filed in Oklahoma County by Green the Vote. The advocacy group is suing the state, Gov. Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma State Health Department, and five members of the board. In a release, the group said the board’s actions do not comply with SQ 788.
“The lawsuit filed today is our endeavor to undo the wrongful acts of the Oklahoma Department of Health in adopting amendments to the regulations implementing State Initiative 788. It is our hope that this lawsuit will quickly resolve the improper regulations and