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As cannabis groups talk medical marijuana, legislators ask why 'force the state' with tight timeline on law

As cannabis groups talk medical marijuana, legislators ask why 'force the state' with tight timeline on law

Pro-medical marijuana groups meet with legislative panel

Tulsa World
By Samantha Vicent and Mitchell Willetts
Jul 26, 2018 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Each of the four pro-medical marijuana groups at the Capitol on Wednesday told legislators the state Board of Health overreached in its handling of medical marijuana rules and offered a range of regulations that are best for State Question 788.

A joint working group of 13 lawmakers held a public meeting to discuss what should happen next after the state question, which passed by a double-digit margin, takes effect on Thursday.

The new law gives a short timeline between voter approval and implementation, a feature noted by group co-chairman Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, in a spirited exchange with Chip Paul, a co-founder of Oklahomans for Health, during Paul’s presentation on his proposed rules.

“It seems like the average length of time to implement medical marijuana is a year. You gave us about 75 days,” McCortney said. “We’d love to ask you why... FULL ARTICLE

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