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Gov. Fallin: Board of Health should rescind controversial medical marijuana amendments

Governor Fallin. (KOKH)

Oklahoma's governor says the State Board of Health should rescind two amendments to the rules implementing medical marijuana that she signed off on last week.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement Wednesday calling for the board to pull amendments requiring a pharmacist on site at dispensaries and banning smokable products. The call comes hours after Attorney General Mike Hunter stated that the board acted beyond their authority in tacking on the amendments and one week after the governor signed the original rules with the amendments, stating they were "the best place to start".

"Because the public didn’t have ample time to weigh in with their concerns on the two last-minute amendments, the Board of Health should rescind them. My office has received calls and emails since last week’s board action, with most addressing those two amendments. My legal staff and I are analyzing other points made in the attorney general’s legal letter to see what other action might be necessary." Gov. Fallin said.

The State Board of Health president said Wednesday they would soon call for a special meeting to reconsider the rules after receiving Hunter's recommendations.

"State Question 788 was written with a 30-day implementation deadline. It is unfortunate there was not more consideration given by proponents of SQ 788 as to how challenging it is to place such a quick turnaround on a very complicated subject. However, the state will carry out the responsibility of administering this law." Gov. Fallin said.

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