Group files lawsuit over medical marijuana rules

TULSA - A group filed a lawsuit earlier today in Oklahoma County in response to Governor Mary Fallin’s emergency marijuana rules.

First, it says the Oklahoma Department of Health violated the Open Meeting Act because the amendments it passed were not mentioned in the agenda,

The amendments that were passed make too big of a change to the original intentions of State Question 788.

The board also didn't properly inform the public of its intentions before the meeting - which Green the Vote claims kept the public from knowing its intentions.

“We believe we have evidence that there were behind the scenes negotiations and discussions to bring forth the amendments that essentially destroyed the intent of 788,” Green the Vote Attorney Ron Durbin said.

The lawsuit is aimed to undo what they call the "wrongful acts of the Oklahoma Department of Health" - and it makes two main demands.

Those are declaring the amendments are invalid and ensuring the Oklahoma meetings act is followed properly going forward.

“Those amendments create prohibitions and roadblocks into the implementation of 788, which we believe cannot stand,” Durbin said.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Governor Fallin backed her signing of the emergency rules by saying, “they are the best place to start in developing a proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana."

The lawsuit was one of two filed today in the state of Oklahoma, but Green the Vote said they hope those lawsuits don't start piling up. They want to be able to focus all their attention on one

 

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