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On Tuesday the Oklahoma State Board of Health approved the state’s medical marijuana program with one major alteration: smokable flower is to be banned in dispensaries. The ban however, is not set to those who grow their own cannabis at home. 

The ban came after a group of medical professionals and opponents to the program requested limitations to the program. Among them were that the Board of Health deny access to smokable marijuana. They also requested a limit on the number of dispensaries, and require each to have a pharmacist on staff. The board did not implement a cap on dispensary licenses.

According to assistant special agent-in-charge of the DEA in Oklahoma, Rich Slater, however, the provision requiring on-staff pharmacists could put those staff members in Jeopardy. Because it would require them to distribute a federally banned substance, they could be at risk of losing their licenses. 

Similar provisions have been implemented in Florida, and have lead to court battles that may last for months. A smoking ban for Florida medical marijuana patients was overturned by a Florida Judge, however it has since been challenged by the state government. 

Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana in June, with nearly 60 percent of voters approving. 

Source: https://herb.co/marijuana/news/oklahoma-medical-marijuana-smokeable-flower-ban

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