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Oklahoma Approves 200,000 Medical Cannabis Applications

Oklahoma state officials have approved 200,000 medical cannabis applications since the application process launched last year — that’s an average of 3,500 new patients per week.

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Oklahoma officials have approved medical cannabis applications for at least 200,000 patients, according to a KFOR report. It’s an average of 3,500 approved applications per week since the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority began accepting applications last year.

Under state law, patients must pay $100 to obtain the license once their application is approved.

Last month, new rules for medical cannabis took effect in the state including seed-to-sale tracking requirements, rules prohibiting physicians from making recommendations in a dispensary, preventing municipalities from barring medical cannabis businesses, and language explicitly allowing medical cannabis patients to possess firearms.

The firearm provision was included due to federal law prohibiting those who buy firearms from using “illegal drugs” — a question asked on federal gun background check forms.

The law also allows employers to consider a patient’s status if they work in “safety sensitive” positions such as firefighting, heavy machinery operation, or handling hazardous materials.   

The rules also require product testing; however, the state has yet to open up applications for testing laboratories. 

Last year, police in Adair County arrested a registered medical cannabis patient. According to a News9 report, that charge was ultimately dismissed.

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