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Oklahoma agency urges judge to not block new marijuana law

Posted at 10:43 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 11:43:37-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's Health Department is warning a judge that the public will be harmed if the state can't implement key rules on medical marijuana.

The agency on Tuesday listed eight potential dangers to the public if the new rules aren't enforced. Dangers include selling contaminated food and drug products.

The warning comes in response to a legal petition asking for an emergency injunction on more than 20 medical marijuana rules. The Board of Health adopted new guidelines Aug. 1 after rules hastily adopted last month came under harsh criticism .

Petitioners say the new rules are still messy and restrictive.

Voters approved a state question in June that legalizes medical marijuana in the state. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is scheduled to begin receiving and processing license applications Aug. 25.

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