State Board of Health sets date for special meeting on medical marijuana rules

    The Oklahoma State Board of Health approved emergency rules for medical marijuana July 10, but prohibited the sale of smokable products. (KOKH)

    The Oklahoma State Board of Health has set a special meeting to reconsider the rules implementing medical marijuana.

    The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. August 1 at the OSDH building. The agenda has not yet been posted. Board of Health President Tim Starkey said last week that a special meeting would be called to reconsider the rules after Attorney General Mike Hunter advised the board they had overstepped their authority when adding two amendments to the rules.

    The two amendments, which ban the sale of smokable products and require a pharmacist in all dispensaries, have been the source of backlash against the board. Hunter said the two amendments were "inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788" and advised the board to amend them. Governor Mary Fallin said the amendments should be rescinded, despite signing them shortly after they were adopted.

    Last week, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation began looking into text messages between the Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Chelsea Church and the former General Counsel of the OSDH Julie Ezell that appear to show Church bribing Ezell in exchange for favorable marijuana rules. Ezell resigned from her position shortly after the rules were passed and after she was charged with sending threatening emails to herself and lying to authorities. The Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy will consider Church's employment during a meeting Wednesday.

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