In October 2021, Oklahoma still petitions for passing of recreational weed laws. If passed, users would have to pay 15 percent taxes, and this money would probably fund oversight of production.
The state already has legalized medical marijuana sale and distribution. Apparently, the new recreational statutes could replace or at least change existing medicinal cannabis regulations.
Possible Legal Disruptions
If Oklahoma passes recreational marijuana laws, the medical industry won’t have as much control on how patients receive their cannabis supply. After all, they might not need a medical card to obtain it unless requiring a larger amount than allowed to purchase for recreational use.
Permission to use recreationally probably will affect how much health care facilities would profit from dispensing marijuana to patients. However, similar limitations for adult usage will still apply, and those limitations per household might increase. Harvesters, distributors and sellers all will still require the permits relevant to their target audience and role in provision of any type of cannabis product.
In the third quarter of 2021, most of the usage guidelines pertain to medical marijuana. Patients can have up to 3 ounces of weed on them but cannot consume it in public even if they do have permission.
If Oklahoma decides to permit recreational marijuana usage, similar guidelines would apply. However, legislators have talked about letting people have 8 ounces on them instead of just 3 ounces. They also would have permission to grow up to 8 plants at home.
For recreational use, people will have to be at least 21 years old to partake. Some exceptions might apply, such as if obtained for medicinal reasons as approved by a parent or guardian.
In both medicinal and recreational marijuana, safety guidelines apply. This includes making sure harvesters and producers process the cannabis in sanitized environments. Each plant also must undergo testing, and the product coming from it must undergo examination for any sign of contaminants.
Concerns also arise with making sure the cannabis offered to Oklahoma residents doesn’t have any debris of any kind in it. Furthermore, the local health department wants to ensure the public doesn’t receive a supply laced with toxins of any kind, including some household chemicals.
Moreover, THC concentration in products will be measured. The government also requires inspections to make sure recipients do not end up with marijuana mixed with illegal drugs.