After Gov. Fallin’s announcement last Friday that she would not call a special legislative session to implement medical cannabis regulations after the passage of State Question 788, many are turning to the State Department of Health for answers.
The OSDH reported they have been working diligently to set the framework to support the decision of Oklahoma voters.
“Information for licenses will be available by July 26 on our website,” said Jamie Dukes, OSDH Public Information Officer. Dukes said the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority website (omma.ok.gov) contains the OSDH’s statement, frequently asked questions, the text of the state question, and proposed emergency rules pending the upcoming meeting on July 10th under the direction of OSDH Interim Commissioner
 Tom Bates.
“The OSDH is developing regulations to provide for adequate public health and consumer protections for patient license holders,” Dukes said.
The City of Ardmore, like many municipalities around the state, is making preparations to provide relevant policy and permitting to medical cannabis related businesses once the licensure guidelines are available to the public. City of Ardmore Director of Development Services Jessica Scott said her department has been working with the city’s attorneys and the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group to work toward policy once the OMMA is officially in place within the Department of Health.
OMAG, an insurance company which provides services to more than 500 Oklahoma towns and cities, currently has a placeholder website in place for client cities to “learn about 788” once those regulations are released.
Scott said the City of Ardmore will release the newly minted policy both in print via the legal notifications in The Ardmoreite as well as the regular meeting of the City Commissioners in August. “As of the current iteration of the regulations through OSDH, permitting cannot officially begin until August 26,” Scott said.
President and CEO of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Mita Bates said there are a lot of unknowns still circulating regarding the regulation of medical cannabis as outlined in State Question 788. “Our members are concerned about the workforce,” Bates said. “As the rules become finalized, the Chamber will provide further updates and education for employers.”
Both indicated their respective agencies are looking to the Department of Health for answers to questions arising from the passage of the State Question.