Slow ride: Norman rushing to finalize medical marijuana ordinance

Slow ride: Norman rushing to finalize medical marijuana ordinance

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A sign advertising medical marijuana sits outside a prospective establishment on Porter Avenue. Medical marijuana sales officially become legal, per state law, on Oct. 26, but the city of Norman has yet to solidify its own ordinance. Kyle Phillips / The Transcript On Oct. 26, medical marijuana will officially be legal in Oklahoma and Norman is racing to catch up with its own ordinance. Though zoning issues have not been decided — they will likely be addressed again at today’s oversight committee meeting — and a final ordinance won’t come to fruition until December at the earliest, the council did settle on some details Tuesday. There is no legal requirement for the city to require a municipal license for medical marijuana patients, and though some cities have added that burden, Norman won’t be one of them. Many council members balked at the notion of requiring a city license for patients in addition to the state license, because no other medication comes with similar strings from the city. Council members Alex Scott, Sereta Wilson and Kate Bierman said it’s not ethical to gouge patients seeking medicine, regardless of what it is, as a revenue source for the city. Council member Stephen Tyler Holman agreed. “I think having a license for dispensaries, growers and processors, that all makes sense and there is some administrative cost there. But for patients, if we don’t require a permit from them, then there’s not an administrative cost to process there,” he said. “Once they have a state-issued medical marijuana card, there’s a database that that card can be run through to verify that they are an actual patient … I don’t want Norman to make it anymore burdensome on patients than what state law says.” With that issue settled, the council turned toward commercial licensing […]

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