A new law going into impact later this month will safeguard the rights of healthcare marijuana individuals and establish regulations for the state’s fledgling medicinal cannabis sector. Home Bill 2612, or the Oklahoma Health-related Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, as the measure is also identified, will go into impact on Friday, August 30.

Oklahoma lawmakers passed Home Bill 2612 earlier this year to establish regulations soon after the medicinal use of cannabis was legalized by voters with the passage of State Query 788 in June 2018. Noticed as a compromise involving lawmakers intent on regulating the sector and patient advocates who campaigned for the constitutional amendment initiative, the Health-related Marijuana and Patient Protection Act has also been referred to as the Unity Bill.

The measure enacts regulations for healthcare marijuana providers like packaging and labeling specifications. The new law also protects patient access by prohibiting strict specifications such as a ban on smokable cannabis flower or limits on the quantity of THC in healthcare marijuana items.

Bill Protects Patients’ Jobs

Home Bill 2612 also has employment protections for healthcare marijuana individuals, like a ban on firing an employee or refusing to employ an applicant primarily based “solely on the basis of a good test for marijuana elements or metabolites.” Employers would also be prohibited from firing a present employee primarily based solely on an individual’s status as a valid healthcare marijuana patient.

Employers would nonetheless be permitted to need staff or applicants to submit to drug screenings, but staff and applicants testing good for cannabis use would not be topic to sanction if they have obtained a valid patient license to use healthcare marijuana.

There are exceptions to the employment protections in the Health-related Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, like for “any job that involves tasks or duties that the employer reasonably believes could have an effect on the security and well being of the employee performing the process or other individuals.” Federal employers and contractors are also exempted from the law.

Will Adult-Use Pot Be Subsequent for Oklahoma?

Chip Paul is a co-founder of Oklahomans for Wellness, the group accountable for placing State Query 788 on the ballot and campaigning for its passage. He told reporters that although he’s been approached to spearhead a campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Oklahoma, he alternatively plans to function to guarantee lawmakers keep correct to the spirit of the constitutional amendment.

“Medical marijuana is right here to keep in Oklahoma, totally and I feel that we will function quite tough to safeguard the footprint that we’ve constructed,” Paul stated.

State Sen. Greg McCortney stated he does not think there will be a great deal demand for the legalization of recreational marijuana mainly because qualifying for a permit to use cannabis medicinally is not tough. Extra than 160,000 individuals in the state have currently received healthcare marijuana licenses, twice the quantity anticipated by state officials this quickly soon after legalization.

“The folks who would want to make it recreational, I’m guessing they’re currently receiving their marijuana and so going out and attempting to get the signatures for a ballot initiative, it is a lot of work,” he stated. “I would be shocked if they place forth that work, but you in no way know what folks could do.”