An Oklahoma trade organization on Friday released a massive draft of a bill to implement medical marijuana as controversy continues to surround rules adopted by a state panel.
Voters on June 26 approved State Question 788 calling for medical marijuana.
The Oklahoma Board of Health earlier this month passed and Gov. Mary Fallin signed rules to implement it, including a ban on smoking as a delivery method and a requirement that a pharmacist be at dispensaries.
But Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the board overstepped its authority. The board has indicated it will revisit the issue at another meeting.
Bud Scott, executive director of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, said the board’s rules were designed to effectively kill medical marijuana in the state.
He has called for lawmakers to return in a special session to craft a bill to implement it. Fallin has said she will not call lawmakers into a special session, but two-thirds of the legislature could call a special session.
Scott on Thursday released a 287-page draft bill he said could be used to implement medical marijuana.
The legislation has a prohibition against any arbitrary limits on THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, Scott said.
“The only THC limit is per edible serving and that is a fairly well established standard now — 10 milligrams per serving cap and 100 milligrams per package,” Scott said.
The bill would allow for smoking and vaping as a delivery method, Scott said. Some patients have to have an immediate delivery system, Scott said.
The bill calls for a $2,500 medical marijuana business license that applies to a dispensary, cultivation facility, product manufacturer, transporter and a laboratory. It is one license for each, he said.
The bill would limit growing facilities to 20,000 square feet to protect local growers, Scott said.
Nationally, companies mainly Wall Street-backed are growing in 100,000-square foot facilities that are fully automated, which drives the price down, Scott said.
“They run everyone out of the business,” Scott said, adding that it is important the state get its own industry established first.
The legislation also addresses firearms, Scott said. Under the bill, a medical marijuana licensee shall not be denied the right to possess a gun based solely on their status as a licensee, Scott said.