Oklahoma medical cannabis operators no longer need to have a processor’s license in order to prepare cannabis pre-rolls under provisions of a state law that took effect on November 1. The measure was approved by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt in May.
The law also allows dispensaries to offer “samples” for customers but only for them to touch or smell, not to consume.
The bill also allows Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) to inspect cannabusinesses twice a year, make changes to product testing requirements, and extend the time for the Department of Health to review dispensary licenses from 2 weeks to 90 days. The bill also includes provisions allowing the Health Department to issue two types of processor licenses for hazardous and non-hazardous material. Health officials are also tasked with creating regulations to require medical cannabis businesses to submit information to the OMMA “deemed reasonably necessary” to assist the agency in preventing medical cannabis from being diverted into the unregulated market, according to the bill summary.
The law also creates a new medical cannabis transporter license and new requirements prohibiting medical cannabis testing laboratories from being owned “by any person with a business interest in a licensed medical marijuana business or any person who is related to a person with an interest in the commercial aspects of the industry,” the summary says.
The measure also authorizes the Health Department to appoint eight additional members to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Council and requires the makeup of the council to include members of the medical cannabis industry.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article suggested that medical cannabis pre-rolls were a newly available offering in Oklahoma, but pre-rolls have actually been available since the market’s launch. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.
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