Oklahoma lawmaker files legislation to modify medical marijuana laws

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation to modify medical marijuana laws.

On Wednesday, Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, announced that he plans to file legislation that will modify the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Waste Management Act.

“When medical marijuana was legalized in Oklahoma, it basically created a ‘Wild West’ situation as we did not have enough legal structure in place to address all future issues that could arise,” Roberts said. “As the years have passed, we have a better understanding of what we are doing right and what we need to fix.”

Roberts stated that he hoped that the changes he proposed will stop illegal operations in the state, run by foreign actors, who participate in human trafficking and are smuggling their illegal narcotics out of Oklahoma and into other states.

“We have a duty to Oklahomans, and our surrounding states, to rein in this situation before it gets even more out of hand,” Roberts said.

The legislation would change Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority ownership residency requirements. Additionally, the legislation states that if an Oklahoman is found to be a middleman for an entity outside the state, their license shall be suspended, and due process given to them.

Lastly, the legislation would direct OMMA to determine and award incentives to Oklahomans who report illegal marijuana grow operations to them.

Legislators have until Jan. 20 to formally introduce bills and joint resolutions for the upcoming session that begins on Feb. 7.

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