Saturday, August 3, 2019

CBD Okie

Will Tulsa, Oklahoma, become the next pot hub of the planet?

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The time has come when the glorious state of Oklahoma reaches a new plateau in thinking and reasoning.  With the definitive decision by Congress to allow the use of medical marijuana within all of the Oklahoma regions, a new and refreshing scene can be seen around the major cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  CBD shops on each and every corner is the norm these days as merchants strive to supply the huge demand for the cherished CBD and medicinal marijuana that people are seeking to use for their ills.  Safe, effective and now LEGAL, medicinal marijuana in Oklhaom is being seen as a huge boost to the local economy, with the already steep taxes of Oklhaoma being improved upon even more.  The merchants of weed are taking on new terriory and doing all that they can to make sure that the demand is met for all who seek health and healing by using the most cherished of all weeds, marijuana.

CBDOKIE.COM is dedicated to offering insights, views, opinions, facts, essential information and more regarding CBD and legalized marijuana in the state of Oklahoma.  Here are some additional insights courtesy of Wikipedia.

Cannabis in Oklahoma is now legal for possession and use for medicinal purposes with a state-issued license, while CBD oil derived from industrial hemp is legal without a license.


As part of a larger trend nationwide to restrict cannabis, Oklahoma banned the drug in 1933.[1] Through the decades, Oklahoma authorities zealously prosecuted cannabis users, sellers and growers including through the use of helicopter patrols [2] [3]
In 2014, Oklahomans for Health circulated a petition to get medical cannabis legalization on the ballot, but failed to gain sufficient signatures.
Meanwhile, in April, 2015, The Governor signed HB 2154 allowing the Sale of CBD oil with less than .3% THC under specified restrictions, however, the use of CBD oil manufactured from industrial hemp (which was sold over the counter, without rescrictions) became widespread in Oklahoma during the mid-late 2010's.[4] Later in 2015, Green the Vote announced that they were beginning a new petition drive to place medical legalization on the 2016 ballot.[5] The initiative gathered the required number of signatures, but backers alleged that Attorney General Scott Pruitt had changed the verbiage of the initiative in a misleading way. After Oklahomans for Health sued over the ballot rewrite, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the original language be restored. As result of the legal dispute, the vote for the initiative was pushed back to 2018.[6][7] Governor Mary Fallin established a ballot date on January 4th 2018, of June 26th, 2018 as a referendum initiative.[8]
The referendum (State Question 788) ultimately passed 57%-43%, making Oklahoma the 30th US state to legalize medical use of cannabis. This approval by popular vote was noteworthy as it happened during a primary election rather than in a general election.[9]. SQ 788 instructed the state to promulgate a regulatory scheme for Marijuana online within 30 days and begin licensing by August 25. 2018, however, on July 10, 2018, the Oklahoma Board of Health voted 5-4 to ban smokable marijuana products at dispensaries and to require licensed pharmacists to be on-site at dispensaries. After 2 lawsuits were filed these regulations were dropped. [10] Some local jurisdictions have tried to further regulate licensed cannabis use but such efforts have largely failed under judicial review.[11]
On August 1, 2018, many of the original rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Board of Health (OBH) were rescinded with the support of Oklahoma State Attorney general Mike Hunter who stated that the OBH rules overreached and did not meet the intent of SQ 788. Oklahoma City adopted the "simple possession" rule in their city code on October 26, 2018 and additionally lowered the maximum fine for possession of marijuana paraphernalia to $50.[12]

Current Medical Use Regulations[edit]

The statewide regulator for marijuana is the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
Under SQ 788, an individual who obtains a Medical Marijuana License from the state of Oklahoma may consume marijuana legally and may legally possess up to:
  • 3 ounces of marijuana
  • 6 mature marijuana plants (defined as plants that are in the budding stage)
  • 6 seeding plants (defined as plants that are in the vegetative stage and are not yet budding)
  • 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
  • 72 ounces of edible marijuana
  • 8 ounces of marijuana in their residence
Smokable forms of medical marijuana can be legally consumed by license holders in any place that allows the smoking of tobacco products, while edible forms of medical marijuana can be consumed anywhere. All forms of medical marijuana are still deemed to be illegal under federal law; consequently Oklahoma medical marijuana license holders are not exempt from federal prosecution for cannabis possession when they are present on federal lands in Oklahoma (including military posts and lands administered by the National Park Service or the Department of Agriculture), as well as on tribal trust land.[13]

CBD clinical trials[edit]

In April 2015, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill which allows clinical trials of CBD oil; Fallin emphasized to the press that she does not condone the full legalization of cannabis.[14]

Prosecution for non-licensed use[edit]

Unlicensed simple possession of up to 1.5 ounces is now punishable by a misdemeanor conviction and a $400 fine, but only if a medical reason is provided. In contrast, in 1992, a Tulsa man was given a life sentence for felony possession of .16 grams (.0056 ounces) of cannabis.[15][full citation needed]
Since October 1, 2013, DUI (driving under intoxication) penalties include being jailed for no less than 10 days or more than 1 year if: A person "has any amount of a Schedule I chemical or controlled substance, as defined in Section 2-204 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or one of its metabolites or analogs in the person’s blood, saliva, urine or any other bodily fluid at the time of a test of such person's blood, saliva, urine or any other bodily fluid administered within two (2) hours after the arrest of such person." A second offense will have longer sentencing as well as require an ignition interlock device that can only detect alcohol even if person is not a user of alcohol.[16][17]
Non-licensed making of hashish (including through the use of a simple grinder) or making brownies may include life imprisonment.[18][19], however, licensed medical users can make and possess these products.

Feral hemp research[edit]

In 2018 Hempyre Genetics was hired to research strains of feral cannabis growing at undisclosed locations in Oklahoma, in order to advise legal hemp farmers as to what genetic traits were thriving in the state.[20]

Behind the Scenes

Obviously, the work going on behind the scenes in Oklahoma concerning the new legalization of CBD and marijuana products for the use of medicinal purposes has been staggering.  For years, those involved in the project have done their best to push through the new laws in hopes that it can, and will relieve distress in those afficted with treatable illnesses through the use of medicianl marijuana.  Here is some additional information from O'Colly Media Group.
The Alcohol and Medical Marijuana Summit at Oklahoma State became a hot spot for discussion as the future of Oklahoma's medical marijuana laws were discussed by several speakers and members who attended.
On June 26, 2018, about 507,000 Oklahomans voted yes on State Question 788, legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
The initiative for the legalization of medical marijuana began as a petition by a group called Oklahomans for Health. The group gathered around 67,000 signatures to have their volunteer-written state question put on the ballot.
When SQ788 passed, voting Oklahomans passed what is being called the most progressive medical marijuana laws in the United States. Once SQ788 passed, Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Authority had 60 days to set up a program.
Once set up, by 5 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2018, more than 1,500 applicants applied for the multiple medical marijuana licenses available. By 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, over 2,100 applicants. By Dec. 31, over 36,000 applicants.
Most applicants were applying for a patient license, but applicants could also apply for a temporary license, caregiver license, dispensary license, processor license and commercial grower license.
Currently, having an Oklahoma patient license allows you to possess three ounces of marijuana on your person, six mature marijuana plants, six seedling plants, one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana and eight ounces of marijuana at home. The cost of acquiring a patient license is $100, or $20 if on Medicaid. Oklahoma’s possession limits are 6.5 times felony limit in Colorado.
Oklahoma is also the only state that does not have qualifying conditions for patient licenses.
A caregiver license is for people who take care of homebound patients. This could be an elderly patient or a young child and anyone in between. Caregivers are allowed to possess, grow and buy marijuana for the patients they are taking care of. Caregivers, right now, have no limit on the amount of patients they can take care of. So, if a caregiver is taking care of 10 patients, they could potentially grow up to 120 plants in their home.
Caregivers also do not have to do their own applications. If a patient puts their caregivers' name down on the application website, that person is then designated as a caregiver and can then possess all the medical marijuana a patient could possess.
Dispensary licenses cost $2,500. The dispensary has to be at least 75 percent owned by Oklahomans who have had residency status for two years.
The processing license is currently the most regulated because it deals with food and food products. The Food Safety Standards Board was created to oversee what happens with processed marijuana when converted into an edible form. It costs $2,500 to obtain this license.
The commercial grower license is also $2,500, which is low compared to Arkansas, which has a $100,000 license fee plus a $500,000 performance bond. There is no limit right now on how much marijuana can be grown.
As of June 3, 129,085 patient licenses, 818 caregiver licenses, 1,479 dispensary licenses, 3,026 grower licenses and 811 processor licenses have been approved. This means that Oklahoma has one dispensary license for every 87 patient licenses, and two growers for every one dispensary.
What's next? 
Because of the way SQ788 was written, disputes with employment and what kind of actions employers can take began to arise.
Per section 6(B) of SQ788 “Employers may not take action against the holder of a medical marijuana license solely based upon the status of an employee as a medical marijuana license holder or the results of a drug test showing positive for marijuana or its components.” This means patients with a medical marijuana license, even those who work in safety sensitive positions, could avoid the consequences of drug testing for marijuana products.
This also means that, currently, someone could be fired for having marijuana on their person at work, but cannot be fired for being high at work.
On March 14, Gov. Kevin Stitt approved House Bill 2612, also known as the “Unity Bill.” This bill was created to increase some of the restrictions on certain aspects of SQ788 while also clarifying some of its language.
HB2612 clarifies that federal law preempts state medical marijuana programs required to follow federal drug-free workplace guidelines. Employers still may not discriminate against marijuana patients, but may discipline or fire employees who fail drug tests if they are in a safety sensitive position. The bill further states that insurance carriers are not required to cover the cost of medical marijuana.
Previously, in SQ788, property-owner consent was not necessary for growing marijuana. So, if you were renting property you would not need landlord consent to grow on that property. Now, HB2612 will require property-owner consent for homegrow operations, and homegrow operations must not be viewable by a normal person with 20/20 vision.
The bill also requires seed-to-sale inventory tracking, so every commercial business will now have to track their product throughout the system.
HB2612 will allow businesses and property owners the right to prohibit the use of smokable medical marijuana and clarifies that licensees are subject to the same restrictions as tobacco under the “Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workspaces Act.”
Multiple public health concerns were also addressed in HB2612 including laboratory testing, child safety guidelines and more.
HB2612 is set to take effect on Aug. 29. On March 29, Callum v. Bates was filed by attorney Julie Ezell. This lawsuit is asking the court to hold HB2612 as unconstitutional. As of right now, there has not been any progress on this case.

Will Tulsa, Oklahoma, Become the Next CBD Hub?

Its hard to say where all of the current  cannabis  craving will lead.  It is apparent that while driving in and around Tulsa, everyone is getting their prime spot for the sale and distrivbution of the prized pot miracle healing oil and smoke.  Everywhere you look, a new and different pot store is rearing its head ready to do business to ease the ills of the Oklahoman's all for the price of a bottle, a hit or a toke of their favored kind of weed.  It is a fact that the surrounding Tulsa, Oklahoma, area is quite possibly some of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing on the planet.  The greenness of the "Green Country" now takes on an even more special quality with the introduction of legalized medicinal grade of the green weed.  People seem to be complacent about the whole matter, except for the occasional outbreak of ghetto style violence here and there.
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1 comment:

  1. "Green Country" takes on an entirely new and more exciting appeal with the introduction of legalized CBD and marijuana products. Tulsa, Oklahoma, while seemingly is a thriving and growing community gets a boost to the already thriving economy. Where will all of this green stuff go? Only time will tell, but wherever it does go, CBD Okie @ will go with it!