The 2023 Oklahoma legislative session is just weeks away from kicking off, and just as in recent years, there are plenty of medical marijuana bills filed for consideration. While these bills are still in their early stages and still far away from being passed and signed into law, there are a number of them worth keeping an eye on during this year’s session.
Although some of the bills filed are certainly for show or have reactionary intentions, a good portion of them are legitimate ideas that will at least make it to a House or Senate committee for consideration and revision before being put up for a vote. And in some cases, there are bills that are in direct conflict with one another.
Below is a brief summary of some of the more intriguing and impactful medical marijuana bills that have been filed for 2023. (Click on the bill’s number for more information).
Business-related medical marijuana bills
HB 1347: Directs the Medical Marijuana Authority to begin competitive bidding to solicit and implement a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system for marijuana businesses. Authored by Rep. Scott Fetgatter.
HB 1457: Excludes the growing, cultivating and producing of medical marijuana from agricultural activities and from being classified as farmland, as relating to exemptions to constituting nuisance. Authored by Rep. Kenton Patzkowsky.
HB 2095: Prohibits commercial growers from knowingly hiring or employing undocumented immigrants to perform work inside a medical marijuana grow facility or anywhere on the property of the medical marijuana commercial grow operation. Authored by Rep. Jon Echols.
HB 2101: Allows an Oklahoma tax deduction equal to the amount of any deduction for business expenses incurred for licensed medical marijuana business activity within this state which was disallowed for the same tax year pursuant to specific IRS codes. Authored by Rep. Forrest Bennett.
SB 439: Requires physicians recommending medical marijuana to a patient to examine the patient in person, or certify that the patient is homebound, when a patient is a minor, the physician must have had them in care for a minimum of one year. Authored by Sen. Jessica Garvin.
Patient-related medical marijuana bills
Enforcement and compliance-related medical marijuana bills
HB 2797: Creates the “Medical Marijuana Law Local Government Enforcement Assistance Revolving Fund” for the purposes of assisting county law enforcement agencies with investigation of possible criminal or unauthorized activity in connection with medical marijuana cultivation, sale, distribution, and related activity. Authored by Rep. Preston Stinson.
Stay tuned in the spring for an update about these bills and other criminal justice-related legislation as well. Need to catch up on last year’s significant medical marijuana bills that were signed into law? Read our recap here.
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