Pot industry officials critical of new emergency rules


    FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, marijuana plants grow in a tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia. The legal marijuana industry exploded in 2018, pushing its way further into the cultural and financial mainstream in the U.S. and beyond. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Some in Oklahoma's emerging medical marijuana industry say they were caught off guard by Gov. Mary Fallin's signing of new emergency rules for medical pot in the final days of her term.

    The rules were developed by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and signed by Fallin on Jan. 4. The rules mostly require security controls by growers and dispensary operators to prevent theft and diversion. They also outline guidelines for recordkeeping, labeling and chemical testing.

    Chip Paul of Oklahomans for Health, who helped write the state's new medical marijuana law, says many in the industry were caught off guard by the new rules. He says any new restrictions on the industry should be made by the Legislature and not state agencies.

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