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Board Softens Some Rules on Recommendations to Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority


A board recommended on Monday less stringent changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program than some of the dozens initially proposed.

One rule would have required labels on edibles to include a list of not only ingredients, but also any pesticides and chemicals used to grow and process the product’s marijuana extract.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Food Safety Standards Board member Travis Splawn said that could be helpful.

"If they have to list on a label pesticides that they’re using, that might be one way to figure out we have a pesticide that’s on all these labels that we’re not even testing for," Splawn said.

Other members said the requirement would make for labels too long to fit on packaging. Board member Ray Jennings added there are no such labeling standards for any other crop in the state.

"I just don’t want to see us adding and making burdensome requirements just because it’s cannabis," Jennings said.

The board is recommending labels list any nonorganic pesticides and solvents used that the state already tests for.

The board is also recommending commercial disposal logs for root balls and other waste products be limited to an affidavit rather than including specific details and licensee information.

"Most of these items contain a marginal if any THC content, so there’s no worries about diversion," said board member Bud Scott.

Board member Mark Woodward, who is with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, agreed the more detailed disposal logs would probably be overkill.

"I think there’s some things that are already out there, and I’m not sure, necessarily, that all this is needed," Woodward said.

Oklahoma has more than 325,000 active medical marijuana licenses.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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