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House set to hear proposed regulations on medical marijuana

Posted: 11:17 AM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-22 17:17:39Z
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Legislation that would provide a framework for medical marijuana regulation in Oklahoma could be heard on the House floor as soon as next week.

The proposal sets guidelines for medical marijuana testing, tax collections, seed-to-sale product tracking, packaging and employment restrictions. The legislation also would create a regular fund for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and give the state Health Department the authority to handle monitoring and disciplinary actions.

The regulatory framework could cost nearly $10 million in its first year of implementation.

The House Rules Committee approved the bipartisan measure Thursday. House Majority Leader Jon Echols says there's a collective push to quickly establish regulation because medical marijuana use and sales are occurring across the state.

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