It happens every year. A legislator introduces a bill – and it goes nowhere. That includes a slew of medical marijuana bills that are now dormant, said Oklahoma medical marijuana attorney Stephen Cale.
Dormant bills are ones that were not referred out of committees in their originating legislative chamber (the House or the Senate). These bills will not be heard this session unless the Legislature takes action to change the status.
Here’s a rundown of now dormant bills that would have affected Oklahoma medical marijuana growers, processors, dispensaries, and patients:
Concerning All Medical Marijuana Licensees
HB 2023: Would have allowed licensed business owners to transfer licenses with OMMA approval and a fee.
HB 2987: Would have allowed municipalities to pass ordinances limiting the total number of medical marijuana businesses allowed to operate within municipal limits under certain conditions.
HB 3141: Would have required medical marijuana businesses to obtain certain permits, certificates and registrations from local governments before OMMA licensure.
HB 3679: Would have required all medical marijuana businesses to be 100% owned by Oklahoma residents. It also would have eliminated existing non-resident owners of their ownership holdings.
SB 445: Would have amended statutory provisions imposing fines on medical marijuana businesses. It also would have clarified that the fines are administrative, not criminal.
SB 459: Would have imposed the same drug testing policies to volunteers and other non-employees in safety-sensitive positions as all other employees.
SB 680: Would have prohibited the transfer, selling or processing of any marijuana product or waste that didn’t meet all testing requirements.
SB 1195: Would have required that medical marijuana dispensaries, growers and processors not be located near schools, childcare facilities.
SB 1847: Would have directed the OMMA to establishes a system for businesses to undergo voluntary process validation to reduce required testing standards.
Bills Concerning Growers
HB 3461: Would have prohibited grows near places of worship, schools or childcare centers.
HB 3999: Would have prohibited testing labs from accepting marijuana samples directly from growers.
HB 4432: Would have required growers to display outdoor signage.
SB 1718: Would have halted new commercial grower licenses until the OMMA conducted an inspection and financial audit of existing licensees.
SB 1747: Would have established standards for determining the value of damaged or destroyed marijuana plants. It also would have provide liability protections to aerial applicators against claims by indoor grow operations.
Bills Concerning Dispensaries
HB 1960: Would have allowed dispensaries to deliver to patients at certain private residences.
HB 2216: Would have allowed dispensaries to sell marijuana and marijuana products to medical marijuana patients licensed outside of Oklahoma.
HB 2763: Would have made it legal for dispensaries to operate drive-thru lanes under certain conditions.
Bills Concerning Processors
HB 2660: Would have established regulations for non-volatile and volatile processor licenses.
Bills Concerning Medical Marijuana Patients
HB 2244: Would have allowed firefighters to be licensed patients.
HB 3269: Would have allowed unlicensed persons who get a medical marijuana patient or caregiver license within 45 days of being cited for being unlicensed to request penalties for carrying marijuana be vacated.
HB 3699: Would have provided a sales tax exemption on medical marijuana purchases for honorably discharged veterans.
(Sources: OMMA, Legiscan.
2022 Legislative Session
The Oklahoma Legislature convened at Noon on Feb. 7, 2022. The Oklahoma Constitution requires regular sessions of the Legislature to adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the last Friday of May. In 2022, that will be May 27th.
Working With The Cale Law Office
Oklahoma medical marijuana attorney Stephen Cale is the founder of Cale Law Office, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been serving people with legal needs for more than 23 years.
Cale works with a number of marijuana-related organizations. He is a Legal Committee member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Additionally, he serves on the board of Green Country NORML, a Tulsa chapter of NORML.
He also serves as a board member for, and is on the Standard Operating Procedures steering committee for, OK4U Approved, a medical marijuana patient union and trade organization.
If you want a medical marijuana business license, marijuana compliance auditing, or need legal representation in the Oklahoma medical marijuana industry, call the Cale Law Office at 918-771-7314. Or, contact us through the web. Your initial consultation is free.