House Committee Passes Bill To Empower Cannabis Agency To Kill Medical Marijuana By Regulatory Powers.
SECTION 1. NEW LAW
A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 10021 of Title 74, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
A. Upon certification of election returns favoring passage of State Question No. 788, Initiative Petition No. 412, there is hereby created the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission.
B. The Oklahoma Cannabis Commission shall address issues related to the medical marijuana program in Oklahoma including, but not limited to, operations relating to the issuance of licenses, the dispensing, cultivating, processing, transporting and sale of medical marijuana in Oklahoma and any issues the Commission finds relevant as it relates to the medical marijuana program.
C. The Oklahoma Cannabis Commission shall be initially developed by the State Department of Health but shall become its own agency with rights and responsibilities similar to all other state agencies and commissions:
E. The Oklahoma Cannabis Commission shall adopt regulations regarding the administration of medical marijuana not later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the effective date of this act.
F. The Oklahoma Cannabis Commission shall exercise its respective powers and perform its respective duties and functions as specified in this section as well as Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
SECTION 2. NEW LAW
A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 10022 of Title 74, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
A. Upon certification of election returns favoring passage of State Question No. 788, Initiative Petition No. 412, there is hereby created the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission Governing Board, within the Oklahoma Department of Health, until the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission becomes its own agency.
B. The Oklahoma Cannabis Commission Governing Board shall consist of twelve (12) voting members all of whom shall be citizens of the United States and residents of the State of Oklahoma for the past five (5) years.
C. All members of the Board shall be appointed by the Governor, and with the exception of the initial seven members, shall be confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate.
The first 7 board members will consist of:
Some medical Cannabis supporters are more optimistic about the Jordan bill. But given the makeup of the oversight agency, it's a 'who's who' of the current agencies trying to stop the movement. Unless their authority is limited to advisory and limited regulatory authority, they would have the opportunity to kill the practical effect of the reforms enacted by the voters. Norma Sapp has been working on this reform for many years and she believes this development could end up very positive.
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