Lawsuits filed over controversial medical marijuana rules

Lawsuits filed over controversial medical marijuana rules

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Two lawsuits have been filed against the state over controversial medical marijuana rules, KOCO 5 learned Friday morning. Green the Vote, a pro-marijuana group, filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County against the state, Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma State Health Department. "The lawsuit filed today is our endeavor to undo the wrongful acts of the Oklahoma Department of Health in adopting amendments to the regulations implementing State Initiative 788. It is our hope that this lawsuit will quickly resolve the improper regulations and allow Oklahoma citizens to exercise their rights to manage their own health care," the group announced in a news release. Five of the nine members on the Oklahoma State Board of Health are listed as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims those five members had closed-door meetings to discuss the rules and amendments prior to the regular meeting, which was in violation of the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act. "Their informal gatherings prior to the regular meeting constitute a meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act given that their discussions were about actions to be taken by the Board during the July 10, 2018 full meeting," the lawsuit claims. A group of citizens in Cleveland County also filed a lawsuit against the state and the health department over the regulations. Fallin on Wednesday signed emergency medical marijuana rules approved by the Board of Health, which include banning the sales of smokable medical marijuana at dispensaries. The board also voted to require a pharmacist at dispensaries. Oklahoma residents voted to approve State Question 788 during the primary elections on June 26 to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Stay with KOCO 5 for updates.

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