Board of Health president says special meeting will be called to modify marijuana rules

The Oklahoma State Board of Health approved emergency rules for medical marijuana July 10, but prohibited the sale of smokable products. (KOKH)

The president of the Oklahoma State Board of Health says that a special meeting will be called to consider modify medical marijuana rules following advice from Oklahoma's Attorney General.

Tim Starkey says that the Board of Health appreciates the quick review of medical marijuana rules from Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. Hunter was brought in for his legal analysis after the state was hit with multiple lawsuits in the wake of the Board of Health voting to add amendments banning smokable products and requiring a pharmacist in every marijuana dispensary. On Wednesday, Hunter said he believes the board acted beyond their authority on the amendments.

"I have asked Commissioner Bates and his staff to make sure the appropriate modifications are made as outlined by the Attorney General in today’s correspondence. The Board of Health will call a special meeting to consider these changes as soon as possible." Starkey said in a statement.

Hunter said he believed the board was attempting to promote the health and safety of Oklahomans when adding the amendments, but stated they were inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788.

"The legal analysis by the Attorney General provides clarity on several rules and the legal authority we have to construct a regulatory framework for a state-wide medical marijuana program." Starkey said.

The meeting has not yet been set. State law requires public notice of the meeting to be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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