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Pot topic: Panel on marijuana policy meets Wednesday

Pot topic: Panel on marijuana policy meets Wednesday

Published: Tue, July 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Oklahoma's bipartisan working group on medical marijuana policy meets for the first time Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Members of the legislative panel said they want to make sure voters' intent is carried out in law instead of regulations imposed by the Oklahoma Board of Health after State Question 788 passed a month ago.

The controversial rules banned smokable marijuana and would force dispensaries to hire a pharmacist for each retail location, but the board chairman has said there will be a special meeting soon to reconsider the rules they adopted.

"At this point, I think that it's important for us to make sure this gets done right. We've already had a couple of false starts, it seems," said the legislative panel's co-chair, state Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada. "I definitely think (the Board of Health) went in the wrong direction. I think this committee and the Legislature is the correct path forward to make sure we do this right." FULL ARTICLE

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