Since around Labor Day, patients with a state license have been cleared to treat their health conditions with Cannabis medicines. That card has kept them from facing prosecution for possessing small amounts of the state's newest 'old medicine'.
But it's another story for the people trying to produce and distribute the medicine legally. The cost of complying with state laws, agency rules, and federal tax code; is a huge challenge. And those laws are about to get even tougher. This means that the black market (illegal trade" of the marijuana products) remains the main source of medications for most Oklahomans who face a serious health need.
The obstacles that a grower, processor, or dispensary must overcome.
The patients in Oklahoma do, however; have a very unique option to keep & grow their own personal medicine. This is the saving grace for thousands who cannot afford the $400-500 per ounce that many are expecting to pay at a dispensary. Many of those patients are now seeing their first legal plants prepping for harvest. If a patient is successful, that's just enough to treat a chronic pain sufferer with enough to get along, and maybe store a little bit, in case a few plants die early.