OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday approved a controversial set of medicinal marijuana regulations, including a sales ban on smokable forms and a requirement that licensed pharmacists staff dispensaries.
Fallin’s action came a day after the State Board of Health, which is overseeing the implementation, slapped restrictive and controversial changes on the framework that will govern the state’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. The new rules also include a ban on many edible cannabis products.
Supporters of the measure have panned the rules as violating the will of Oklahomans, saying a majority of voters legalized cannabis for medicinal use with the expectation of purchasing smokable forms of the drug.
Neither the ban on smokables nor requiring pharmacists to work at dispensaries were included in the draft of proposed regulations released to the public ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.
In a statement, the Republican Fallin said the rules are the best place to begin forming