The medical marijuana “Unity Bill” that sets up a basic legal framework for the implementation of State Question 788 will take effect Thursday.
Nearly three dozen other new laws will also take effect this week.
Here’s a look at some of the new laws.
Also known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, House Bill 2612 sets up a framework for regulating Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry.
The lengthy bill that was a compromise between legislators and those in the medical marijuana industry sets guidelines for marijuana testing, tax collections, seed-to-sale product tracking, packaging, employment and more.
The new law will:
• Set requirements for testing products for contaminants and THC content.
• Ban employers from penalizing job applicants who are medical cardholders that test positive for marijuana. The law includes exceptions for those applying for “safety-sensitive” jobs or those employees who are found to be under the influence of marijuana while at work.
• Set a reduced application fee of $20 for disabled veterans.
• Require products to be packaged in child-resistant containers.
• Prevent counties from making laws restricting access to medical marijuana.
• Change Oklahoma residency requirements as it pertains to applicants.