Last week, the City Council of Yukon enacted an ordinance to require retail medical marijuana establishments to obtain a permit and business license from the City, pay an annual permitting fee, and operate solely in commercially zoned areas of the city.
Oklahoma’s reputation as a tough-on-crime, law-and-order state has taken some hits lately. In 2016, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved State Questions 780 and 781, two criminal justice reform measures that significantly reduced the penalties for drug possession and property crimes. In June 2018, voters approved State Question 788, legalizing medical marijuana and substantially decriminalizing marijuana possession for persons in possession of 1.5 ounces or less who “can state a medical condition.”
Most Oklahomans have heard of the Corporation Commission, the state agency overseeing the oil and gas industry. Plenty of Oklahomans have heard about the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the agency in charge of water rights. And since the passage of State Question 788, lots of Oklahomans have heard about the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the agency assigned to oversee the state’s emerging medical marijuana program.