OKLAHOMA MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY LAWS

Oklahoma Dispensary Laws and Licensing Procedures


Updated on November 11, 2020

With the passing of SQ 788 in June 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana. Oklahoma residents over the age of 18 with a valid physician’s recommendation can apply for a medical marijuana patient license. If approved, they can purchase medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries throughout the state. There are exceptions for non-residents and patients under 18 years old as well.

Under Oklahoma Dispensary Law, Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) is in charge of licensing, a process that began in August 2018. Since that time, Oklahoma’s market has become one of the largest, fastest-growing and most valuable in the nation. The Sooner State issued more than 7,300 medical marijuana business licenses in its first year alone, including over 1,800 dispensary approvals, and more than 5% of the state’s population is registered as medical marijuana patients — more than any other program in the U.S. Dispensaries are allowed to sell mature plants, seedlings, edibles, flower and concentrates to valid patients or their caregivers.

Below, we’ve provided answers to as many questions as possible relating to Oklahoma’s dispensary laws and licensing process. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

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OKLAHOMA MEDICAL CANNABIS LAW

Here are the basics on the new medical marijuana law in Oklahoma

You have to be 18 or older and an Oklahoma resident to apply for a medical marijuana patient license. The application must include written documentation of approval by an Oklahoma board certified physician. All applications will be approved or denied with 14 days.

There are exceptions for those under 18 years old and non-residents. For younger patients, their application must be signed off by two Oklahoma board-certified physicians and a parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian has to pick up any medical marijuana from the dispensary for younger patients.

Non-residents with a medical marijuana card from another state can apply for a 30-day temporary patient license.

No, there are no qualifying conditions for medical marijuana patients in Oklahoma. All that is required is a recommendation from an Oklahoma board certified physician.

Each patient license costs $100 (or $20 for those on medicaid, medicare or SoonerCare) and lasts for two years. Temporary patient licenses last for 30 days and cost $100.

While local governments can increase limits for medical marijuana patients, state law says it is legal for medical marijuana patients to possess:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana on their person
  • 8 ounces in their residence
  • 6 mature plants
  • 6 seedlings
  • 1 ounce of concentrates
  • 72 ounces of edibles

MEDICAL CANNABIS LICENSING

Are you interested in launching a medical dispensary in Oklahoma? Here’s everything you need to know about licensing.

There are three types of commercial cannabis licenses available in Oklahoma: grower, processor and dispensary.

Yes, the application process opened on August 25, 2018.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) will be in charge of reviewing and approving licenses. Once a license is granted, it must be registered with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBNDD) as well.

There is no stated limit for the amount of licenses one entity or individual can apply for and receive. Each dispensary location must have a separate license. If multiple licenses are owned by one entity, it has to be registered under a special status with the OBNDD.

Applicants for commercial licenses must be at least 25 years old; an Oklahoma resident with proof of residency; and have a certificate of good standing from the state. Any medical marijuana operation must be 75% owned by an Oklahoma resident.

The application fee for a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma is $2,500 plus any credit card fees. These fees are nonrefundable, even if the application is ultimately rejected.


OKLAHOMA DISPENSARY LAWS

After licensing comes compliance. Learn the rules for running a medical marijuana dispensary in Oklahoma.

Only medical patients (or their caregiver) with a valid medical marijuana patient license can purchase goods from an Oklahoma dispensary. Dispensaries can verify a patient or caregiver by a physical medical marijuana ID card or through the state’s database.

Dispensaries in Oklahoma must be at least 1,000 feet from a public or private school. This is measured by a straight line (shortest distance) from the property line of the dispensary to any entrance of the school.

Medical cannabis dispensaries in Oklahoma can sell mature plants, seedlings, concentrates, flower and edibles.

In a single transaction, a dispensary cannot sell more than three ounces of usable cannabis, one ounce of marijuana concentrate and 72 ounces of medical marijuana products. These all fall in line with possession limits for patients.

Oklahoma law states that packaging for medical marijuana cannot be attractive to minors, must contain proper warnings to keep out of reach of minors and child-resistant packaging.

There is a 7% gross receipts tax on all cannabis, plus sales tax, that must be collected upon sale. A sales tax permit has to be obtained after a license is granted by OMMA.


CANNABIS TRACKING AND REPORTING

No regulated cannabis market exists without tracking and reporting. Find out how Oklahoma will prevent diversion into the black market with these tracking rules.

The OMMA developed a monthly reporting template that must be submitted on the 15th day of every month. The monthly reporting template includes:

  • Weight of cannabis purchased at wholesale, tracked by batch numbers
  • Weight of cannabis sold to patients, tracked by batch numbers
  • Accounting for any waste or destroyed products
  • Total sales in dollars
  • Tax collected in dollars
  • Tax due in dollars

All records must be maintained for at least seven years after the date of recording. These records must be accessible to auditors within 15 days of being requested.

The Oklahoma Department of Health will have oversight and auditing powers over all of Oklahoma’s commercial medical marijuana operations.

A dispensary will be subjected to penalties for non-patient sales and/or gross discrepancies in inventory tracking that cannot be explained. The first offence will come with a fee of $5,000 and a second offense (in a two-year period) will result in a revocation of license.