Oklahoma State Department of Health Names Twelve Member Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board

OKLAHOMA: As required by SQ788, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has appointed all 12 Oklahoma residents to the Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board. Those members will provide recommendations for food safety standards for processing and handling medical marijuana.

The members include a number of representatives from state, county and tribal government, the scientific community, marijuana industry experts, and patient advocates. They will be tasked to create the food safety standards by the prescribed deadlines outlined in SQ788. These standards will be adopted by the agency and enforced by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) for medical marijuana processors.

“We tried to identify people with expertise in food handling and inspection, science and patient advocacy,” said OSDH Interim Commissioner Tom Bates. “To make sure we had a variety of different voices at the table, we took a multi-disciplinary approach in the selection process.”

 Members selected include:

  • Becky Johnson, Pharmacist
  • Dr. Ravirajsinh Jadeja, Asst. Professor of Food Safety, Oklahoma State University
  • Scott Yates, Supervisor of Meat and Poultry Inspection, Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
  • Scott Schaeffer, Managing Director, Oklahoma Poison Control
  • Fenton Rood, Asst. Director of Land Protection, Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • Mark Woodward, Public Information/Education Officer and Legislative Liaison, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
  • Bud Scott, Executive Director, New Health Solutions Oklahoma
  • Ray Jennings, Patient Advocate
  • Kara Burst, Executive Officer, Business Sustainability and Auxiliary Services, Department of Commerce, Chickasaw Nation
  • Dr. Edd Rhoades, Medical Director, Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Troy Skow, Consumer Protection Administrator, OKC-County Health Department
  • Travis Splawn, Field Supervisor, Tulsa Health Department

Informational forms are currently online at OMMA.ok.gov and have been updated to reflect revised emergency rules approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Health and Governor Fallin. Any forms previously completed will be accepted when applications for all medical marijuana licenses can be submitted online on August 25.

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin: No Special Legislative Session To Implement State Question 788

OKLAHOMA: Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement on how the state will proceed with developing rules and regulations to deal with implementing State Question 788, the medical marijuana ballot issue approved by Oklahoma voters earlier this week:

“After conferring with House and Senate leaders, we believe a special legislative session is not necessary to implement provisions of State Question 788. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed emergency rules that will ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans as well as being fair and balanced for the marijuana industry. The Health Department has been working with other agencies the past several months to develop a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical reasons. The voters have spoken, and it’s important that our state has a responsible system up and running to meet the deadlines outlined in State Question 788. If circumstances develop that adjustments to the Health Department rules are necessary, those can be addressed when lawmakers return in regular session early next year.”

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has worked for the past three months to develop a framework for implementing the requirements of SQ 788. Now that Oklahoma voters have approved the measure, OSDH is prepared to meet those requirements by the specified time, and that the process will be handled with integrity. The proposed emergency rules are available online for review and comment. Should individuals or entities wish to submit comments to these draft emergency rules, they must be submitted in writing via e-mail on or before July 3. Proposed emergency rules will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Health for its consideration on July 10.

More information may be found here.