A newly proposed bill would expedite medical marijuana cards for terminally ill Oklahoma patients.
The measure was sponsored by Republican State Senator Rob Standridge to provide a shortcut for some MMJ applicants. While the details are not yet in place, the bill would ideally guarantee a medical marijuana card for terminally ill patients within five days.
“I find the areas in which we can really help people with the medical marijuana, and one of those is end of life,” Standridge told KOCO News.
“I’m going to run legislation or have legislation geared up for those that are terminally ill. Hospice and those types of scenarios — they can get it expedited.”
Oklahoma legalized medical cannabis last year. The high demand for MMJ among state residents has led to longer wait times for recommendation cards.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority says it is currently turning around MMJ cards in about nine days, well within the 14 days mandated by state law. Though nine days doesn’t sound that long, it can be to some patients in need.
“If somebody has six weeks or a few months to live, certainly we ought to get them relief faster,” Standridge said. “I’d like them to get it within five days.”
Standridge says he would likely leave it up to the state’s Medical Marijuana Authority to determine the burden of proof to determine if a patient is terminally ill, but imagines that a simple signed note from a doctor would suffice.
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