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Top attorney for Department of Health resigns after marijuana amendments adopted

The Oklahoma State Department of Health. (KOKH/FILE)

(AP) -- The top attorney at the Oklahoma State Department of Health has resigned days after her advice on marijuana rules was ignored by the agency's board.

Health Department officials confirmed Tuesday that Julie Ezell resigned as the agency's general counsel on Friday, effective immediately. The agency declined additional comment.

In a brief email to the agency's interim commissioner, Ezell wrote: "I am so sorry."

Ezell cautioned the board last week against banning smokable marijuana and requiring a pharmacist in every dispensary. She said those last-minute changes were beyond the board's legal authority and would likely invite a lawsuit, but the board voted to make the changes anyway, prompting two separate lawsuits by medical marijuana advocates.


Ezell had helped write emergency rules after Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana last month.

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