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Groups consider legal action to fight medical marijuana regulations

KTUL

The fight for medical marijuana is heating up. Again.

People from Oklahomans for Health and Oklahoma Cannabis Trade Association talked to the media Wednesday about what they plan to do to fight back against new regulations to voter-approved medical marijuana.

The Oklahoma Department of Health voted on the emergency regulations Monday, excluding smokable products from dispensaries.

"Unfortunately, they showed us yesterday that it doesn't matter what we want," said Chris Moe, an activist for medical marijuana.

"We said reasonable regulations. Those are not reasonable," said Norma Sapp with Oklahomans for Health.

"You do not outweigh the will of the people. Especially in those numbers," said Chance Gilbert with the Oklahoma Cannabis Trade Association.

The frustration over the regulations was apparent. Chip Paul with Oklahomans for Health summed up their feelings.

"The Department of Health, the Board of Directors just literally spit in our face," said Paul. "There's no way in 788 that we expected anyone to take our right to smoke medical marijuana."

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Among other things, the regulations prohibit stores from selling smokeable marijuana and require a pharmacist on staff to dispense the marijuana.

Isaac Caviness with Green the Vote owns Hemp RX just off 81st and Memorial. He said that last regulation, the one about the pharmacist, would be impossible to make happen.

"A pharmacist cannot dispense a schedule one drug, which, on a Federal level, cannabis is still a Schedule one," said Caviness.

Caviness said the regulations would prevent stores from occupying the same space as other businesses, like in a strip center, just like the one where his store is located.

"They've regulated it down to where you cannot be any closer than a thousand feet to a church, school, park, daycare," said Caviness. " When you add all of these things in, you've regulated dispensaries out of the city limits."

Caviness said they're working on a petition that would make it impossible for state lawmakers to change the wording of the medical marijuana laws. To learn more about the petition, click here.

Others, like Oklahomans for Health and the Oklahoma Cannabis Trade Association, said they're considering legal action.

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