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Health Leaders Push the State to Adopt More Restrictive Marijuana Rules: Modeling their recommendations on some of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country, a group representing doctors, hospitals, clinics and other health professionals on Monday urged the state to prevent smokable marijuana from being sold at dispensaries, limit the number of dispensaries to 50 statewide, and require a pharmacist to be in the dispensary and “part of the approval process” [StateImpact Oklahoma]. Medical industry won’t rule out lawsuit on medical marijuana if smokables aren’t banned from dispensaries [Tulsa World].
Oklahoma Is Looking for Ways to Stop Marijuana-Impaired Drivers, but Solution May Not Be Cut-And-Dry: As Oklahoma works to implement medical marijuana following the passage of State Question 788, law enforcement is working to establish ways to field drivers under the influence of the drug. But finding a solution may not be easy. Agency leaders say funding is an obstacle, and at the same time, defense attorneys say a state law could further complicate the issue [The Frontier].
(Capitol Update) With Revenue Growing Again, Can Oklahoma Make up for a Lost Decade? According to State Treasurer Ken Miller, gross receipts to the state treasury during FY-18 were at an all-time high. Receipts for the 12 months ending June 30, 2018, were $12.18 billion, an increase of $1.2 billion, or 11% over FY-17 gross receipts. According to Treasurer Miller, last month marked the 15th consecutive month of positive growth in monthly gross receipts compared to the prior year. Interestingly, only $33.8 million of the increase in receipts are attributable to revenue measures passed by the legislature in the 2017 session. This year’s tax increases only began to be collected on July 1, so none of the FY-2018 increased revenue is attributable to the 2018 tax measures [OKPolicy].
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