Is cannabis legal in Oklahoma? The answer is yes. The first of online applications for patient cards were received and accepted in August, and it’s now been over a year since the passing of State Question 788. With a resounding 56.86% of the votes, this bill legalized the cultivation, use, and possession of medical cannabis in Oklahoma, which became the 30th U.S. state to regulate the use of the plant, although it remains illegal under federal law. The new legislation has opened the state up to a booming new industry, with dispensaries offering a wide range of products across the state, and has exposed Oklahomans to a viable alternative for the treatment of a number of medical conditions.
Oklahoma Cannabis Regulations
In comparison to other states, the law in Oklahoma is a fairly liberal one: the local program does not include a list of qualifying conditions to start treatment. This means that patients do not have to be already seeking treatment for a certain condition in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card and that physicians are able to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they believe can be treated with it. This speeds up and simplifies the application process.
Even so, there are some regulations. For example, medical cannabis in Oklahoma can be prescribed to patients over 18 years of age with valid proof of residency in the state. Minors must rely on caregivers to receive the prescription for them and they must get authorization from two physicians in order to become eligible. Even non-residents have options. Out-of-state patients can apply for temporary cards that only last 30 days, giving anyone the chance to visit the state just to try out the flower and other products that Oklahoma has to offer. So, all in all, on first glance, Oklahoma seems to be welcoming medical cannabis with open arms.
However, while any state-licensed doctor has the authorization to issue a medical marijuana card, not all physicians in Oklahoma are comfortable prescribing or even talking about medical cannabis. The good news is there are a number of online resources available to find licensed physicians who are interested in and familiar with using cannabis to treat patients. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), Veriheal, or even Leafly’s registry, are three useful resources available to help patients with their search for an appropriate medic. Doctors don’t need to be registered at OMMA to prescribe medical marijuana, but some sources claim that when they are registered it speeds up the process of getting a patient card. So, that’s something to definitely bear in mind.
Getting an Official Recommendation
Making an appointment with a licensed physician for the prescription of medical cannabis in Oklahoma is no different from any other visit. However, because of cannabis’ illegal status on a federal level, health insurance doesn’t cover the consultation, which at the time of writing is somewhere in the region of $99. Patients are required to bring a form of identification with them to prove their age and that they are Oklahoma residents, and in most cases an OK state driver’s license will do the trick.
After filling out a history and intake form, patients go through a standard evaluation and consultation process that focuses on the conditions to be treated and the benefits of doing so with medical marijuana. If the patient’s application is approved by the doctor, he or she must then complete and sign the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form. To help paint a better picture, some of the conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis include stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.
How to Get the Medical Cannabis Patient Card
While some clinics take care of the application process after the patients are done with the doctor’s appointment, some do not. In this case, within the first 30 days after getting the official recommendation form from the doctor, patients must create an account and make an official application at the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s (OMMA) website. Failure to follow through with the stage of the process means that the patient won’t be able to receive the card. In addition, to the physician’s form, all patients need to provide OMMA with proof of Oklahoma residency, proof of identity, a photograph, and the following information:
- Full name
- Residence and mailing address
- Date of birth
- Telephone number and email address
- Physician’s information
The application process with OMMA includes a fee of $100. However, if you happen to be a Medicaid/SoonerCare or Medicare client, enrollment will only cost $20. Payment methods include Visa and MasterCard, as well as Discover debit and credit cards. Prospective patients should know that if the application is not approved, payments are non-refundable.
From this moment on, it’s nothing more than a waiting game. The application is reviewed by OMMA and, if approved, the medical marijuana patient card should arrive to the address that the patient indicated on the form within a period of roughly 14 days. If incomplete, the application can be corrected after receiving notification of the same from OMMA, but naturally these kind of mistakes cause delays. The new medical marijuana patient card is valid for two years and gives the patient in question access to a wide range of cannabis products, from dry flower, wax, extracts, and seedlings, to liquids, edibles with clear labeling, vape oils, and innumerable CBD-products.
Where to Buy Medical Marijuana
So, the big question is, where should a medical patient with a valid medical marijuana card go, in order to purchase cannabis in Oklahoma? The simple answer is to a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. The more complex answer is to a medical marijuana dispensary that can provide 100% traceability on the source of its products, on the growing methods used to cultivate its flower, and on the quality of the extraction processes used to create the oils that are infused in the cannabis products that it sells.
With 20 years of cannabis growing experience under its belt, R2C2 opened its dispensary doors in June. What makes us one of the best dispensaries is that we grow 100% of our flower, using the most up-to-date methods in hydroponic growing, which means our products are not just high value, but they’re also 100% traceable. We also have a carefully-trained team eager to help all patients who pay us a visit, from experienced cannabis consumers to first-time buyers.
So, no more waiting around Oklahoma. Contact us if you are interested in receiving more information about our products and the medical cannabis we supply to all Oklahomans who come to us for help. And just so that you bear it in mind, we hope to soon be providing another level to our customer service in the form of a once-a-week medical patient clinic, where interested parties can speak to a specialist, informed, medical cannabis doctor and receive help and support with their medical marijuana card application.