Oklahoma Board of Health bans sales of smokeable marijuana

The Oklahoma Board of Health has voted on rules creating a rough framework for medical marijuana and added two new amendments: a ban on sales of smokeable marijuana and a requirement that dispensaries hire a pharmacist. The rules will go to Gov. Mary Fallin for approval and licenses will be available starting July 26.

The Oklahoma Board of Health has voted on rules creating a rough framework for medical marijuana and added two new amendments: a ban on sales of smokeable marijuana and a requirement that dispensaries hire a pharmacist. The rules will go to Gov. Mary Fallin for approval and licenses will be available starting July 26. The Oklahoma State Medical Association and a coalition of other health groups had urged the board for the two rules, as well as for a limit on the number of dispensary licenses available. Although the board discussed a limit, it did not take a vote on it. Some patients and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced dissatisfaction with the vote. Bud Scott of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, a medical marijuana trade group, said it would be financially unfeasible for every dispensary to hire a pharmacist. Board member R. Murali Krishna contended that pharmacists are the best individuals to dispense marijuana because they have been trained about chemistry and drug interactions.