State legislator asks Gov. Fallin to call medical marijuana special session
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
An Oklahoma legislator is calling for a special session in the wake of the Oklahoma State Board of Health's amendments to rules to implement medical marijuana.
The board voted to pass emergency rules creating the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority but in the process they amended the rules prohibiting the sales of smokable products and requiring a pharmacist to be on staff at dispensaries.
Governor Mary Fallin now has 45 days to approve or reject the rules. Following the decision, State Rep. Jason Lowe (D - Oklahoma City) said that a special session is needed to properly implement the will of the people.
“The Oklahoma State Department of Health has enacted law that undermines one of the most participated in elections in state history and silences the voice of Oklahomans across this state." Lowe said. "Today’s decision is an affront to democracy and an insult to the law-abiding citizens that showed up to vote for this initiative."
Governor Fallin has the power to call a special session. She has previously stated she would let the Oklahoma State Department of Health handle implementation of the program.