Oklahoma lawmakers look to pre-empt medical marijuana vote with regulation

In the face of Oklahoma’s upcoming medical cannabis legalization vote on June 26, the state’s Senate and House of Representatives each passed medical marijuana regulation bills.

The measures – Senate Bill 1120 and House Bill 3468 – would respectively restrict MMJ patients to those suffering from “serious” medical conditions and create an MMJ commission to help craft rules for a potential industry, Oklahoma City TV station KFOR reported.

Both measures were approved Thursday by their respective chambers.

The Senate bill is tantamount to MMJ legalization, according to KFOR.

But it’s a much more conservative approach than State Question 788, which would allow any adult 18 or older to become an MMJ patient for any medical reason with the approval of a board-certified physician.

Because of the measure’s open-ended nature, some lawmakers view the ballot question as de facto recreational legalization.

SB 1120, by contrast, would allow for only a restrictive qualifying condition list, including:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Persistent muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis or paraplegia
  • Intractable nausea, vomiting or weight loss due to cancer or HIV/AIDS
  • Terminally ill patients with a life expectancy of one year or less

According to KFOR, conditions not covered for MMJ patients under SB 1120 include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety

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