Law Alerts/Updates

Governor signs Unity Bill regulating medical marijuana in Oklahoma

HB 2612, the so-called “Unity Bill” which was approved overwhelmingly by the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this week, was signed into law by Governor Stitt yesterday afternoon. The product of the bi-cameral Medical Marijuana Working Group, it is intended to augment State Question 788, which legalized medical marijuana last year. The new law, which is called…

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Massachusetts credit union takes plunge into banking marijuana-related businesses

By Bob Luttrell While the vast majority of U.S. banks and credit unions have opted not to offer banking services to marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) due to the significant legal and financial risks involved, one credit union in Massachusetts is taking the plunge. Last Friday, The Boston Globe reported that GFA Federal Credit Union has established…

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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority processing online applications

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority begins processing applications

By Elizabeth L. Dalton On Saturday, August 25, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) began processing applications for patient and commercial licenses. As of 8am today, OMMA reported having received 1363 patient, 9 caregiver, 288 dispensary, 389 grower, and 118 processor applications. Evidently, OMMA survived the initial onslaught of online-only applications, with the only hiccup…

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Proposed revisions to medical marijuana regulations released

At the suggestion of the state’s attorney general, the Oklahoma Board of Health went back to the drawing board to amend its emergency rules governing the state’s new medical marijuana industry. Those amended rules, posted July 27, can be found here

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Medical marijuana application requirements and instructions posted

By Greg Frogge The eagerly awaited medical marijuana application requirements and instructions for each license type, along with checklists and certain other information but not the actual online applications themselves, are now posted at omma.ok.gov. According to OSDH, the application information reflects recent changes recommended by the Oklahoma Attorney General. Applications must be submitted online…

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Medical marijuana regs to be amended based on AG’s recommendation

By Greg Frogge Just hours after Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter advised Tom Bates, interim commissioner of the Oklahoma Board of Health, that the Board had acted outside of its statutory authority in promulgating several medical marijuana rules, the Board president announced his intention to call a special meeting to amend the regulations. In his…

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Obtaining commercial licenses for medical marijuana in Oklahoma

With the recent passage of State Question 788 (authorizing the production, sale, and use of medical marijuana), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is poised to adopt implementing regulations. The current draft regulations set forth the manner in which the OSDH proposes to regulate the growth, processing, transporting, researching, testing, selling, and purchase of medical marijuana, as well as requirements for recommendations by physicians. The OSDH is expected to adopt regulations on July 10, 2018.

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After passage of SQ 788, ethical hurdles remain for lawyers

By Michael Lauderdale and Robert T. Luttrell, III Months prior to the vote on SQ 788, attorneys were fielding inquiries about the legal requirements necessary to participate in the medical marijuana industry. Those inquires have multiplied immensely since the passage of SQ 788 on June 26. However, attorneys providing advice in this area face certain ethical hurdles that…

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Next steps for Oklahoma employers as medical marijuana initiative passes

By Charlie Plumb As a result of yesterday’s vote, Oklahoma became the 30th U.S. state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. As mentioned in our earlier webinar and other communications on this topic, for months we’ve been reviewing this measure and monitoring activity in other states in an effort to anticipate what impacts the…

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