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Oklahoma Moving Forward With Medical Marijuana; New Guidelines

The state of Oklahoma is pushing ahead on medical marijuana after voters approved one of least restrictive laws in the U.S., with the state health department approving emergency rules aimed at fast-tracking the industry into business.

The Oklahoma Board of Health said the state won’t allow the sale of smokable cannabis and that dispensaries must have a pharmacist on staff. The board’s own attorney advised against the additions. A group of medical professionals that opposed medical marijuana pushed for the stricter guidelines.

The law is scheduled to take effect in late August.

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