Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Set to Go Into Effect

A new law going into effect later this month will protect the rights of medical marijuana patients and establish regulations for the state’s fledgling medicinal cannabis industry. House Bill 2612, or the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, as the measure is also known, will go into effect on Friday, August 30.

Oklahoma lawmakers passed House Bill 2612 earlier this year to establish regulations after the medicinal use of cannabis was legalized by voters with the passage of State Question 788 in June 2018. Seen as a compromise between lawmakers intent on regulating the industry and patient advocates who campaigned for the constitutional amendment initiative, the Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act has also been referred to as the Unity Bill.

The measure enacts regulations for medical marijuana providers including packaging and labeling requirements. The new law also protects patient access by prohibiting strict requirements such as a ban on smokable cannabis flower or limits on the amount of THC in medical marijuana products.

Bill Protects Patients’ Jobs

House Bill 2612 also has employment protections for medical marijuana patients, including a ban on firing an employee or refusing to hire an applicant based “solely on the basis of a

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