By Austin Prickett
The Oklahoma State Board of Health has voted to approve emergency rules implementing medical marijuana in the state, but prohibited the sale of smokable products.
The board voted to approve all the rules July 10 but voted to amend two sections. In a 5-4 vote, the board voted to prohibit the sale of smokable products. In a separate motion the board also moved to require a pharmacist in dispensaries during operational hours. The approved rules also prohibits the sale of edibles that resemble popular candy.
Under the amended rules, medical marijuana will be allowed to dispensed in the following forms:
- topical forms (Gels, creams, ointments)
- a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding flower, dry leaf or plant form
Governor Mary Fallin now has to approve or reject the rules. She has 45 days to act.
Both amendments were mentioned during a press conference by the Oklahoma State Medical Association on Monday. Ryan Kiesel, executive director of ACLU-Oklahoma, tweeted Tuesday that by banning smokable forms of medical cannabis the board has “guaranteed litigation”.
The proposed rules, without the amendments to 681-2-11 and 681-1-4, can be read below.