Information in latest months about raids of unlawful hashish operations and of a sequence of lawsuits towards the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority are a part of a gaggle of advocates’ push for proposed constitutional amendments outlining medical and leisure packages.
“One of many large causes for transferring this out of the Oklahoma State Division of Well being and creating a brand new state company is, most easily, to extend transparency and create a construction that could possibly be practical,” stated Jed Inexperienced, a spokesman for the group Oklahomans for Accountable Hashish Motion. Inexperienced aided with efforts to put State Query 788 on the June 2018 poll, which — although it is resulted in fast progress of a extremely worthwhile trade — he stated efforts to maintain it in examine for sufferers and companies have not saved up.
Subsequently, he’s amongst those that have sought public touch upon a proposed regulation referred to as the Oklahoma Hashish Enforcement and Transparency Act. It might, if it grew to become regulation, set up the Oklahoma Hashish Fee and direct the OMMA — at the moment inside the state Well being Division — to transform into the OCC inside a yr of passage. Authors are nonetheless looking for public remark earlier than starting the signature-gathering course of.
A number of elements of the proposal have been a part of earlier unsuccessful legislative payments, together with one by Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma Metropolis, who sought to maneuver the OMMA underneath oversight of the ABLE Fee. Tulsa-area legal professional Ron Durbin, who has a number of pending lawsuits towards the OMMA and OSDH, referred to as final week for the OMMA to maneuver underneath the umbrella of an company such because the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.