Group of lawmakers to begin working on medical marijuana recommendations on Wednesday

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. The Oregon agency overseeing the state's legal medical marijuana industry admits in a report it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will begin working on recommendations for medical marijuana laws on Wednesday.

The group, formed by Senate Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall, will host their first meeting at 2 p.m. July 25 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Medical marijuana representatives, including those from New Health Solutions and Green the Vote, will be on hand for presentations during the first meeting. The meeting will be streamed live here.

The group is made up of Democratic and Republican state senators and representatives and was formed after the Oklahoma State Board of Health added two controversial amendments to the rules regulating marijuana.

The members of the group were announced last week:

  • Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, co-chair
  • Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle
  • Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher
  • Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville
  • Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City
  • Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, co-chair
  • Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant
  • Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee
  • Rep. Josh West, R-Grove
  • Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa
  • Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs
  • Rep. Ben Loring, D-Miami
  • Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman

Last week, Governor Mary Fallin said the two amendments needed to be rescinded, despite the fact that she had already signed the rules. The president of the board of health said a special meeting will be called to reconsider the rules.

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