The Drug Policy Reform Network has released a new legislative proposal that seeks to build on the consensus of all concerns for cannabis medicine policy and accessibility.
The CARE Act attempts to stay true to the framework of SQ788 while providing a 'fleshed out' framework for medical professionals, public health agencies, and public safety policies.
Here's a press statement from the Drug Policy Reform Network;
1. Provides authority to the Oklahoman Medical Marijuana Authority(OMMA) to carry out its duties as needed to ensure public health and safety through testing, labeling, packaging, product recall, and other reasonable authorities asked for by the OSDH.
2. Creates an Advisory Board with equal representation, including representation from the cannabis community, to recommend rules to the Authority for dispensing, cultivating, processing, testing, transporting, storage, research, tracking, reporting, educational licenses and more.
3. Creates an Authority Fund and sets apportionments as set in SQ788.
4. Amends 788 wholesale grower tax to include a graduated wholesale tax. The tax is zero percent (0%) for monthly yields less than 100 lbs, or approximately a 6,000 SQ ft facility. This is a market driven solution to protect small Oklahoma growers from predatory shell companies backed by billion dollar investment firms dumping a monocultural and subpar product on the market.
A monoculture is bad for patients because the variety of ailments treated by cannabis requires a large diversity of strains on the market. A monoculture prefers standardized equipment, while smaller operations prefer diverse strains. This is the best solution we have analyzed after looking at plant totally open markets, plant count limits, canopy count limits, the 85% requirement from Colorado’s recreational program, and other custom ideas. No other solution solves the various problems presented by the initial market being flooded with out of state million SQ ft facilities dumping on the market.
This will continue to drive down marginal costs for patients and satisfy the primary complaint coming from industry groups. The tax goes to municipalities and counties, which are restricted from applying a further sales tax.
Creates an Advisory Board with equal representation, including representation from the cannabis community, to recommend rules to the Authority for dispensing, cultivating, processing, testing, transporting, storage, research, tracking, reporting, educational licenses and more.
Creates an Authority Fund and sets apportionments as set in SQ788
CARE Act Working Group
We are working with a wide array of individuals across many domains. Our expert panel includes but is not limited to the following individuals. Many remain anonymous for professional reasons including our law enforcement contacts which are largely unofficial. If you want to join the team, please feel free to reach out to us!
Feel free to email comments to email@example.com. Read the full draft here.