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Senate Democrats call for special session to address medical marijuana issues

Posted at 2:47 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 15:48:49-04

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Senate Democratic leader John Sparks released a statement Wednesday, saying a special session is needed to address issues related to medical marijuana. 

This comes after Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday advised the State Board of Health to amend the rules it passed last week on medical marijuana, which have drawn the ire of pro-marijuana supporters.

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Sparks released the following statement:

“The Senate Democratic Caucus urges Governor Fallin to call the legislature into special session to address issues related to medical marijuana. Today’s letter from Attorney General Mike Hunter to Health Department Interim Director Tom Bates clearly concludes that the Board of Health approved medical marijuana rules that exceed its statutory authority. 

The leadership of the Oklahoma Legislature will soon be convening a bipartisan working group to make recommendations regarding medical marijuana regulations. The legislature should convene in special session without delay to consider the working group’s recommendations. As elected legislators, it is our constitutional duty to carry out the will of the people.”

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