Weeks after the people of Oklahoma voted in a new medical marijuana legalization measure, the state’s government has added several restrictions including one that would severely limit the potency levels of both cannabis flowers and concentrates.
A set of emergency rules released by the governor’s office read in part, “Medical marijuana products and Medical Marijuana Concentrate processed or dispensed shall have a THC content of not more than twelve percent (12%). Mature plants marijuana [sic] shall have a THC content of not more than twenty percent (20%).”
If consumers actually buy compliant concentrates in Oklahoma, it could be a golden age for incompetent extraction artists–assuming they start with decently potent cannabis flower, their extract wold actually have to decrease in THC potency to stay compliant.
Other absurd additions to Gov. Mary Fallin’s “emergency rules” include a requirement that every dispensary have an on-site pharmacist and a ban on smokable cannabis (which makes the potency limit on flower superfluous).
Bud Scott, an attorney who has been involved in the state’s medical marijuan aregulations and represents several cannabis businesses, told Leafly that Gov. Fallin’s changes to the regulation were “not a good faith effort to implement it safely,” but instead “an attempt to kneecap the program.”
The state’s MMJ measure was approved by 57% of voters, and was one of the most permissive of its kind in the nation: it allowed for patients to grow, sell, and use cannabis for medicinal purposes, and listed no specific qualifying conditions, meaning doctors could recommend medical cannabis for any condition at their own discretion.
Fallin responded to substantial backlash in a statement Wednesday, saying, “I know some citizens are not pleased with these actions. But I encourage everyone to approach this effort in a constructive fashion in order to honor the will of the citizens of Oklahoma who want a balanced and responsible medical marijuana law.”
Some of the governor’s critics found the statement ridiculous. “The people were clear. They wanted to be able to smoke medical marijuana,” said cannabis advocate and former state Sen. Connie Johnson. “This flies in the face of what the people wanted.”
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