OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law new regulations for Oklahoma's burgeoning medical marijuana industry.
Stitt signed a measure March 14, 2019, known as the “unity bill” because it's supported by various factions of the cannabis industry. The measure received bipartisan support in the state House and Senate.
The bill sets up guidelines for inventory testing and tracking, advertising, packaging, and labeling. It also allows employers to fire medical marijuana patients in certain “safety-sensitive jobs” who test positive for cannabis. Those include firefighters and workers who carry firearms, drive vehicles, or operate heavy machinery.
Although the bill sets up regulations, it isn't intended to curb the explosive growth of the state's medical marijuana industry. Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has approved nearly 60,000 patient licenses since August 2018.