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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to Revise Proposed Rule on Consumption at Businesses


The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is considering dozens of permanent rule changes for next year, but at least one is going back to the drawing board.

OMMA presented the proposed changes to its Food Safety Standards Board on Monday, including one that would prohibit drinking alcohol and smoking or vaping medical marijuana on a marijuana business’ premises. Violations could get a business license revoked.

Board member Bud Scott said one issue with that rule is it stops patients from using their medicine in the parking lot of where they bought it. He said another issue is the rule doesn’t take into account some commercial license holders run a marijuana business out of their homes.

"You know, if someone had a bone to grind with someone and they found that you were drinking alcohol in your home when you operate a farm, that’s licensed, that’s a big problem," Scott said.

Food safety standards board member Troy Skow was also unsure about that rule.

"If you had someone consuming a product and they had a medical license to do that, the store couldn’t control who they would share that with, and then wouldn’t that be kind of a compliance nightmare for enforcement?" Skow said.

OMMA Interim Director Doctor Kelly Williams suggested the rule is aimed at cannabis limo and bus tours, which are happening in other states but not currently in Oklahoma.

"But if those things did occur, especially with regard to moving vehicles, I think we would want to have a little more clarity on the rules and requirements for those," Williams said.

The rule will be brought back to the food safety board next month.

Rules to standardize fines, clarify packaging restrictions and track waste disposal passed muster with the food safety board.

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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