Medical marijuana law protecting Oklahoma employees set to begin

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill protecting patients using medical marijuana is set to go into effect the end of the month.

House Bill 2612 -- also known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act -- states that no employer may refuse to hire or penalize an applicant employee "solely based on the basis of a positive test for marijuana components.

The same rules will apply for current employees who are medical marijuana patients.

The bill was approved by state legislators and signed by Governor Kevin Stitt.

The bill brings in the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority as part of the State Department of Health to serve as the entity for medical marijuana-related issues.

The law takes effect on August 30.

Details on additional provisions of House Bill 2612 can be found here.

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