New Oklahoma Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

A new Oklahoma bill would legalize medical marijuana including a system of dispensaries.

State Representative Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) filed House Bill 1877, which would legalize medical marijuana for those who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the Department of Health. Patients would be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces at a given time.

The proposal would establish a licensed system of medical marijuana dispensaries as a means of safe access for patients; these would be supplied by separate licensed cultivation centers.

Qualifying medical conditions for marijuana use under the measure are:

a. cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, posttraumatic stress disorder, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease; or the treatment of these conditions,

b. a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following; cachexia or wasting syndrome; peripheral neuropathy; intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medication;, treatment or surgical measures for more than six (6) months; severe nausea; seizures, including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms; including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis, and

c. any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the State Department of Health.

Click here for the full text of House Bill 1877.

The measure has been assigned to the House Appropriations and Budget Health Subcommittee.

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