Pro-medical marijuana group calls for special session

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 06:58:20-04

After deciding to not call a special session to implement Oklahoma's new medical marijuana program, Governor Mary Fallin is receiving criticism from a pro-medical marijuana group that spearheaded State Question 788.

New Health Solutions Oklahoma called on the governor to call a special session, saying it is "necessary for a successful program". The group's executive director Bud Scott said in a press conference a special session would help implement vital features like inventory tracking systems to regulate marijuana from plant to patient.

Scott also suggested developing databases for features such as patient registries, payment protocol, and physician recommendations.

"We've had a history, especially a recent history, of so many failures on so many controversial issues," Scott said. "Let's take this opportunity to lead the country."

In a tweet on June 29, Governor Fallin said "Rules developed by [Oklahoma State Department of Health] will ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans as well as being fair for the marijuana industry".

Special sessions can also be pricey. The special session called in September 2017 cost taxpayers over $30,000 each day. 

Oklahoma's Department of Health is offering answers to frequently asked questions about applying for medical marijuana. That information can be found on the state's Medical Marijuana Authority page.