State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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Oklahoma State University Not Participating in Inaugural Hemp Pilot Program

Oklahoma State University, the state’s largest agricultural college, will not participate in the inaugural hemp pilot program because the law was passed too late in the year for school officials to develop a plan for the program, News9 reports. The bill was signed into law in late April and required 30-day notice in an application […]

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Oklahoma Advocates Approved to Begin Collecting Legalization Petition Signatures

Advocates in Oklahoma have received state approval to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative asking voters whether to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis in November, according to a KOKH. The measure would add legalization to the state constitution, rather than as a law, which would also need to be codified by the state […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Hemp Bill, Moves to Governor

Oklahoma’s Senate has passed a hemp legalization bill by a huge 39-1 margin, according to a KOKO5 report. The bi-partisan measure unanimously passed the House last month. Rep. Mickey Dollens, a Democrat, said hemp has the potential to be the state’s “next $1 billion industry.” Dollens, along with his colleague Republican Rep. Jon Echols, estimate […]

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Oklahoma Advocates Eye Cannabis Legalization Constitutional Amendment Initiative

Advocates in Oklahoma plan to file two petitions this week to begin gathering signatures in an effort to add constitutional amendments for both medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the state, according to a Tulsa World report. Green the Vote President Isaac Caviness said the group is seeking to add the reforms to the state […]

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Oklahoma House Unanimously Approves Bi-Partisan Industrial Hemp Bill; Moves to Senate

Oklahoma’s House has unanimously approved an industrial hemp pilot program bill which would allow the state’s farmers to obtain a license to grow the crop, KOKH reports. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mickey Collens and Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, a Republican. “The potential provided in this bill is limitless. In the long […]

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City Councilman in Norman, Oklahoma Cleared of Paraphernalia Charges Following Canna-Expert’s Testimony

Ending a court case that may seem laughably unnecessary in this age of growing drug reform, jurors in Norman, Oklahoma last week declared City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman and local store owner Robert Cox not guilty of selling glass pipes for illicit drug purposes. Prosecutors had charged the defendants with knowingly profiting from drug activity, which […]

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Oklahoma Changes ‘Marijuana’ Definition to Exclude Fed-Approved CBD

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill removing any federally approved CBD product or drug from the state’s definition of “marijuana,” NewsOK reports. However, the move does little in the way of providing access to CBD therapies as no CBD-based drug or product has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In Oklahoma, […]

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Restores MMJ Ballot Initiative Title

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out a rewrite of the title of a ballot measure to legalize medical cannabis in the state, paving the way for State Question 788 to make its way to voters, according to a NewsOK.com report. The ballot measure has been on hold since September, when then-Attorney General Scott Pruitt […]

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Battle Over Question Title in Oklahoma Could Force MMJ Off Ballot

Advocates in Oklahoma are preparing a legal challenge against Attorney General Scott Pruitt over his rewording of the medical marijuana ballot question title, the Associated Press reports. The legal challenge will likely force the initiative from ballots this election. Chip Paul, spokesperson for Oklahomans for Health, said Pruitt’s changing of the title “probably intended” to […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Campaign Submits Enough Signatures to Qualify for Ballot

Activists behind the Oklahomans for Health medical cannabis legalization campaign have submitted enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot, according to a KOKH Fox 25 report. The development was confirmed by Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of State Chris Benge’s office, which announced on August 23 that it had counted 67,761 petition signatures […]

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Slow Counting Could Cost OK MMJ Plan Spot on Ballot

Slow counting of ballot petitions could hurt the chances of a medical marijuana initiative to be put to voters in Oklahoma, according to the Red Dirt Report. The deadline to include the questions for November ballots is the end of the month. Joe Dorman, a former state representative and supporter of State Question 788, said […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Supporters Say They Are ‘Real Close’ to Ballot Initiative

Supporters in Oklahoma collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot initiative say they are “real close” to securing a spot for the measure on the November ballot, according to a Tulsa World report. The group needs 65,987 signatures for the initiative to appear on the ballot. “I am willing to do whatever it takes to […]

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Nebraska and Oklahoma Seek to Join Court Challenge Against Colorado Cannabis Laws

The attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a motion to be added to two existing lawsuits attempting to shutter Colorado’s legal marijuana program, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit by the states last month. If the motion is approved, Nebraska and Oklahoma would be added to the suit brought […]

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Oklahoma House Votes to Expand List of CBD Qualifying Conditions

Oklahoma legislators have passed a proposal that would greatly increase the number of qualifying conditions for access to medical cannabidiol (CBD)-only cannabis medications. House lawmakers voted 89-6 this week to approve House Bill 2835. The bill now moves to the Senate. The bill would afford legal protections regarding the possession of CBD-infused cannabis products to […]

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