Trade group leader says legislative action needed on medical marijuana
OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of a medical marijuana trade organization on Thursday renewed his call for a special session to develop a regulatory framework to implement it.
Before voters on June 26 approved State Question 788 to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Mary Fallin had said she would call a special session should State Question 788 pass, but she decided against it.
Critics said the state question was so poorly worded that it essentially would legalize recreational marijuana. As written, the measure does not have qualifying medical conditions but requires approval from a doctor.Bud Scott, New Health Solutions Oklahoma executive director, said the wording in the state question was an outline in anticipation that lawmakers would create the regulatory framework.
Without legislative action, legal wrangling and delays will occur, affecting patients, he said. The measure, he noted, needs clarity.
“The Oklahoma State Department of Health does not have the capability or the legal authority to make all of these important decisions by itself,” Scott said. “Our lawmakers must show some leadership, do their jobs and legislate. They can’t hide from this issue.” [Read More @ Tulsa World]