Oklahoma is easily one of the reddest states in the country. And yet, it has one of the country’s most liberal medical marijuana programs and is showing few signs of changing it. How did it happen? Almost by accident.
The Medical Marijuana Vote
In 2018, Oklahoman voters passed the Oklahomans for Health initiative with 57% of the vote. This medical marijuana program was strongly opposed by the state’s Republican governor, as well as the entire Oklahoma congressional delegation. Prosecutors and police were also against allowing medical marijuana in the state. The governor tried to bury the ballot proposal by putting it on the June primary ballot instead of on the general election ballot in November. Regardless, the measure passed with overwhelming support.
The program launched just four months after the bill passed, the quickest implementation of a medical marijuana program in history. The way the law was written was incredibly laissez-faire. There was no limit on the number of business licenses. If there were already five midwest dispensaries, what was one more? The fee for medical marijuana business licenses was just $2,500. And, patients seeking a card did not have to specify any qualifying medical conditions. In the first year, more than 7,000 licenses were issued for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma.
Is Recreational Marijuana Legal in Oklahoma?
Possession of marijuana in Oklahoma without a medical marijuana card is against the law. Additionally, medical marijuana can only be purchased in a licensed dispensary.
However, without any restrictions on what can be considered a qualifying condition, it is trivially easy to get approved for legal marijuana use in Oklahoma. In the wake of the pandemic, medical ID cards could be applied for via telemedicine appointments. Many medical marijuana doctors can approve a card based on a five-minute video consultation and a $50 fee, in addition to the fee paid to the state for the license.
Many are describing the current scenario as “de facto” legal recreational marijuana. Regardless, there are still multiple petitions in Oklahoma to have full legal recreational use added to the state’s laws. At the current time, about 10% of Oklahoma residents possess a medical ID card.
What Kinds of Products Are Sold in Oklahoma?
Dispensaries in Oklahoma offer a wide range of cannabis products. Some shops offer THC-infused hot cocoa and cookies. Others offer cannabis-based slushies. Flower, extract, concentrates, and other products are easy to acquire and reasonably priced.
What Are the Marijuana Laws in Oklahoma?
Medical marijuana can be purchased by people with medical marijuana cards from legal dispensaries. There are currently no purchase limits.
However, there are possession limits for patients and their caregivers. Patients can possess up to three ounces of usable cannabis flower on their person and eight ounces at home. There is a limit of one ounce for cannabis concentrates and 72 ounces for edibles such as gummies or cookies.
Additionally, patients are permitted to grow their own cannabis. They are limited to six mature plants and six seedlings. If you have a green thumb and want to show off your skills, you will need to do your showings in private. Cannabis plants cannot be visible from the street.
Who Can Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Oklahoma?
There is no list of qualifying conditions for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. You will also not find any specified criteria for getting a physician’s recommendation for a medical marijuana card.
The state’s medical marijuana authority responds within 14 days from the date you submit your application. As long as all criteria are met, the OMMA will send a medical marijuana license and an approval letter to your residence.
You do need to be an Oklahoma resident to get a permanent adult medical marijuana card. However, Oklahoma does offer a temporary license to people who have medical marijuana cards in other states. This card gives visitors the same rights to buy, possess and cultivate marijuana that Oklahoma residents have.
Dispensaries in Midtown City and elsewhere in the state are plentiful. It doesn’t take a lot of effort or extra money to become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Oklahoma. Those who are curious about getting a card and checking out a shop will only need a few minutes of their time, plus the waiting, to take part in the country’s most interesting medical marijuana program.