US (OK): Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed new MMJ regulations

Gov. Kevin Stitt has vetoed a medical cannabis regulation bill that would have added restrictions on who can get patient cards and how much THC can be in a single serving.

The bill also included several other provisions meant to curtail illegal operations and, according to its author, move Oklahoma toward a true medical program.

Senate Bill 437 was crafted into an omnibus piece of legislation that included several individual reforms that had already been considered by the House and Senate. This final version was adopted in the final week of the regular session last month. When it came up for a vote on May 25, the bill's author, state Sen. Jessica Garvin, said it was "unfortunate" the hodgepodge bill was in its current state.

Because the regular session adjourned the following day, Stitt's veto will stand, and the bill cannot become law this year. If the bill had become law, minors who wanted to get a medical cannabis patient card would have to obtain recommendations from two doctors instead of one. According to the bill, one of the doctors would have to have cared for the minor for at least a year or have been referred by the child's physician.


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