Marijuana

Oklahoma GOP governor signs medical marijuana rules into law

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo, a customer shows the 1/8th-ounce container of indica medical marijuana delivered by Mr. Nice Guys Caregivers at his Macomb County residence, in Roseville, Mich. Nearly four dozen medical marijuana delivery businesses are operating in Detroit, even though Michigan regulators haven't yet approved any home delivery licenses. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)
Todd McInturf/Detroit News via Associated Press
An 1/8th-ounce container of indica medical marijuana delivered in Michigan.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed into law new regulations for Oklahoma’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

The Republican on Thursday signed a measure known as the “unity bill” because it’s supported by various factions of the cannabis industry. The measure received bipartisan support in the state House and Senate.

The bill sets up guidelines for inventory testing and tracking, advertising, packaging, and labeling, among other things. It also allows employers to fire medical marijuana users in certain “safety-sensitive jobs” who test positive for the drug. Those include firefighters and workers who carry firearms, drive vehicles, or operate heavy machinery.

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Although the bill sets up regulations, it isn’t intended to curb the explosive growth of the state’s medical marijuana industry. Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Authority has approved nearly 60,000 patient licenses since August.