Unity Bill passes Senate, set to be signed by Stitt
The medical marijuana Unity Bill passed the Oklahoma State Senate on Monday in a final legislative step before crossing the governor’s desk.
Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign the bill, according to to his office.
“Oklahomans voted and said this is a medicine and we need to make it available to people who need it,” Stitt said during a Monday afternoon interview.
The bill encompasses Oklahoma's fledgling medical marijuana industry. Its content is largely the product of a bicameral Medical Marijuana Working Group, whose purpose was to build a legal framework to implement State Question 788, which was passed by voters last year.
“It’s not meant to replace 788, it’s meant to provide some normal legislative language and ensure good medical marijuana in Oklahoma,” Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, told the Senate on Monday.
The Senate passed the bill 43 to 5.
Content of the bill focuses on providing regulations and clarifying rights for medical marijuana licensees. Other subjects in the bill include:
• Testing: The Department of Health would be designated to perform on-site assessments, provide disciplinary actions for violations and assess monetary penalties. Items would be tested for microbials, mycotoxins, residual solvents, pesticides, THC and other cannabinoid potency, terpenoid potency, and heavy metals.
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• Packaging and labeling: Packaging should minimize appeal to children and will not depict images other than the business name logo of the producer and image of the product. They would have to include a universal symbol indicating the product contains THC, the level of THC and cannabinoid potency, terpinoid potency and a statement indicating the product had been tested for contaminants.
• Physician requirements: Only licensed Oklahoma allopathic and osteopathic physicians could provide recommendation for a patient license. Physicians could not be located at the same physical address as a dispensary.
• Business requirements: The authority would require medical marijuana businesses to keep records for transactions and would use a seed-to-sale tracking system. Seed-to-sale tracking systems would include businesses, product types, batch numbers of plants used, financial details and any other information required by the Health Department.
The bill already unanimously cleared the original working group at the beginning of this legislative session before being passed by the House 93 to 5 last month.