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First, and as always, I want to thank each and every one of you for your contributions to SQ788, Oklahomans For Health, and what we all do on behalf of the many patients who could benefit from medical cannabis.

Along those lines, we want to avoid issues with implementation of SQ788 should it pass.  Without legislative action this term, if SQ788 passes, we will be handing our medical marijuana program to the most corrupt state agency in a decade.  Further, it will take legislative action to implement SQ788 within the department of health.  They will need changes in procedures and rules to handle regulation of SQ788 and that can ONLY be done by the legislature.  Without actions now, these changes will at least take one year and perhaps two.  No one wants that.  Further, we would be dealing with an entire legislature with ideas on what and how they think this should look and they could make changes post vote.  Again, we want to avoid this scenario.
We were approached by members of leadership in the house about asking our advise on beginning this process NOW.  There are certainly members of the legislature that want SQ788 to be smoothly implemented when it passes.  No one wants a situation where the law could not be implemented as it opens the state up for lawsuits, and will certainly inflame our community.  HB3468 represents a drill down into needed regulations WITHIN SQ788.  We had always envisioned a need for this and by doing this now, the state is being saving millions of dollars.  Further we gain a seat at the table that we potentially would not have down the road.
Consider, we missed testing in SQ788, everyone agrees we need that!  We missed rules around open blasting.  We did not address workers comp.  We have no grow regulations.  We have no process regulations.  We have no dispensary regulations and I think everyone would agree that security requirements, how to accept a patient, etc all need to be addressed.
SQ788 represents one of the most progressive medical marijuana laws in the country.  No other medial marijuana law is as tightly regulated (physician recommendation over checkbox of conditions), and no other medical marijuana law more closes matches the existing system physicians are used to working under.  Many lawmakers get that and want Oklahoma to be a in leadership position here nationally.
Help us spread the word!
Respectfully,
Chip Paul
Oklahomans for Health

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