I really... REALLY, hope this is nothing.
But one of the stark omissions from last Tuesday's Board of Health meeting was where the 'authorized' cannabis plants are going to be attained from? The enacted rules that Gov. Fallin signed on Wednesday put strict rules on licensed growers. They cannot suddenly have a full nursery of plants that they cannot provide source evidence for.
We called the Public Information Officer at the ODH. Jamie Dukes told us that all cannabis plants must be acquired in-state. A listed seller must be named in the procurement records of a dispensary or processor. This is strictly enforced. It would make reasonable sense that black market cannabis is not an answer. By stipulating the seller, someone is going to face felony charges for being the trafficker of controlled substance.
So, it could be implied that;
- A licensed patient must only buy from a licensed dispensary
- A licensed dispensary must buy from a licensed processor.
- A licensed processor must buy from a licensed grower.
- A licensed grower must buy from ????
- (a) No commercial establishment shall manufacture or offer for sale or consumption any medical marijuana product intended to be attractive to children or minors including, but not limited to, the following:
- (1) Gummy bears, lollipops, animal or other similarly shaped candies or products, fake cigarettes, or gummy worms.
- (2) Products in a shape that bears the lines or contains characteristics of a realistic or fictional human or other being, animal, fruit, or other familiar shapes such as starts or flowers including artistic, caricature, or cartoon rendering.
- (b) No commercial establishment shall offer for sale any marijuana seedlings or mature plants. No mature plants are authorized in the possession of either a commercial establishment licensee or patient license holder until 60 days after August 27, 2018. No seedlings are authorized in the possession of a commercial establishment license holder until 7 days after August 27, 2018.
Will the Dept. of Health adopt a 'Don't Ask- Don't tell' policy for home growers and commercial growers? These seriously ill patients deserve and ought to demand an answer. I asked the public information officer this very question and not only could she not answer it; but she seems to have not thought about it or heard any discussion of it.
I'd bet there is either an answer which they overlooked and didn't announce, or they're going to get on the issue quickly. This rules development team has been very prompt and we expect no different. the board members are a whole other lot.