Before Tuesday’s primary, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said a special session would be needed if State Question 788, which legalizes medical marijuana, were to pass. Three days after passing with 56 percent of the vote, the governor has changed her mind.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Fallin said a special session will not be needed to implement provisions for medical marijuana.
After talking to state House and Senate leaders, a decision was made that emergency rules to be implemented by the state health department will make sure that marijuana is solely for medicinal purposes.
Fallin added that if changes are required to those rules, lawmakers would address them in the regular session in early 2019.
In the lead-up to the vote, Fallin criticized the measure for being too loosely-written and would allow the recreational use of marijuana.
GOVERNOR FALLIN’S FULL STATEMENT
“After conferring with House and Senate leaders, we believe a special legislative session is not necessary to implement provisions of State Question 788. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed emergency rules that will ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans as well as being fair and balanced for the marijuana industry. The Health Department has been working with other agencies the past several months to develop a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical reasons.
The voters have spoken, and it’s important that our state has a responsible system up and running to meet the deadlines outlined in State Question 788. If circumstances develop that adjustments to the Health Department rules are necessary, those can be addressed when lawmakers return in regular session early next year.”