A group of supporters for medical cannabis took to the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to show their dismay over the new regulations on State Question 788. They contend that these new regulations are unfair and not really what people want.
State Question 788 is the initiative that legalized the use, sale, and cultivation of medical cannabis in Oklahoma. The initiative is the result of an activist-led signature campaign that began around two years ago.
However, the Oklahoma State Board of Health made two changes to the emergency medical cannabis rules. These amendments make it illegal to dispense smokable cannabis products and requires a pharmacist to be present at cannabis dispensaries.
So, with cardboard pitchforks and flags, dozens marched in behalf of medical cannabis patients. They are protesting the new regulations from the health department, saying that these deprive patients of the medication they need and that these rules are not what they voted for.
Earlier this month, lawsuits have been filed against the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Governor Mary Fallin, and five department of health members following these amendments.
State Question 788
State Question 788 will go into effect tomorrow, July 26, as the state implements its voter-approved medical cannabis program.
Here are 10 rules that are still prohibited under State Question 788:
1. You cannot get a prescription for cannabis. Instead, doctors will fill out a form indicating that they have discussed the risks and benefits of cannabis treatment with the patient.
2. You cannot buy cannabis from anywhere other than a licensed cannabis dispensary. But medical cannabis products might not become available in Oklahoma until November.
3. You cannot transport cannabis across state lines. Patients who obtained their medical cannabis cards in other states may buy their drug from dispensaries there, but they cannot bring them back to Oklahoma. A patients also cannot travel to a state where recreational cannabis is legal and bring any legally obtained cannabis products back to Oklahoma. The same rule applies to cannabis seeds for personal cultivation.
4. You cannot smoke cannabis in front of minors or in most public places.
5. You cannot use cannabis in the workplace and you cannot be impaired on the job. While State Question 788 says that employers may not discriminate against their employees simply because of their status as a medical cannabis patient, they can still write and enforce rules restricting the use of cannabis. This means that patients are not protected if they come to work impaired or high.
6. You can’t drive while impaired on cannabis.
7. You can’t give cannabis away or transfer your ownership of cannabis to another person. Patients cannot donate or sell cannabis even to another patient.
8. You cannot buy smokable cannabis. This also means that dispensaries are prohibited from selling buds.
9. You cannot possess an excessive amount of cannabis.
10.You cannot buy cannabis in Sundays. Dispensaries are only allowed to operate between 8 a.m. and midnight, from Monday to Saturday.