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Oklahoma governor OKs medical marijuana rules

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Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed emergency rules that pave the way for the legal use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

The State Board of Health approved the rules one day earlier, which -- among other things -- prohibit the sale of smokable and many edible cannabis products at official dispensaries and also requires a registered pharmacist to be on staff at businesses that supply marijuana products.

"These rules are the best place to start in developing a proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana, with the highest priority given to the health and safety of Oklahomans," Fallin said in a written statement. "They are also the quickest and most cost-efficient way to get the process actually started as required by the law passed by the people."

Fallin added that she expects some people who voted for the medical marijuana measure to be disappointed by some of the rules, but added "modifications could occur in the future."

That's not what a trade group for the state's medical marijuana industry wanted to hear from Fallin. New Health Solutions Oklahoma had called on the governor to reject the amended rules.

"Oklahomans deserve leadership and clarity regarding how this product can be bought and sold and who can benefit from it," said the organization's political director Jed Green in a written statement.  "The people making policy now are the same people who ran a million dollar smear campaign aimed at convincing Oklahomans that smoking medical cannabis would lead to the collapse of society."

NHSO is calling for a special session to revise the rules.

Applications for medical marijuana use will begin by July 26.

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