Oklahoma Governing Body Information
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) is the agency that is responsible for licensing medical marijuana businesses and processing applications for patients requiring medical marijuana. The OMMA receives its mandate from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Over the last few years, the agency has processed a number of applications from dispensaries, growers, processors, and physicians. There are two separate licenses that the OMMA processes: (i) marijuana processor licenses and (ii) medical marijuana dispensary licenses.
Medical Marijuana Processor License
- Allows licensed businesses to sell medical marijuana to the patient and other licensed processor and dispensaries
Medical Marijuana Dispensary License
- Allows licensed dispensaries to sell medical marijuana, mature marijuana plants and seedlings to patients, caregiver license holders; and research license holders
Regardless of the type of license, there are certain packaging and labeling requirements that Oklahoma will roll out in the near future.
For more information on Oklahoma’s marijuana labeling and packaging laws, keep checking this page for updates.
2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates
As of recently, Oklahoma has allowed the use of marijuana in its state. With the passing of Bill SQ 788 in June 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. The southern state best known for its fried delicacies and southern charm has finally come to terms with the fact that there is a need for medical marijuana. Its residents have spoken, and in response, Oklahoma has decided to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program.
The medical marijuana program in Oklahoma is headed by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA).
The OMMA is responsible for the licensing, regulating, packaging, and administering marijuana in the state. The ultimate goal of the OMMA is to ensure that marijuana is used safely in Oklahoma.
Growers of medical marijuana must comply with the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC). Additionally, growers and dispensaries must apply for a marijuana dispensary license. The license allows processors, growers, transporters, and manufacturers of marijuana to legally sell medical marijuana products, plants, mature plants and seedlings. Accordingly, the common name used in Oklahoma for marijuana and cannabis is simply ‘marijuana’.
Oklahoma Marijuana Labeling and Packaging Requirements
Labels must contain the following information:
- A label must be on the front of the package
- A label must contain this statement: “Keep out of reach of children”
- A label must contain this statement: “women should not use marijuana or medical marijuana products during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects”
- A label must contain the “lot number” of the medical marijuana
- The name and address of the business
- The name of the food, product, edible, or plant
- The net quantity or weight of the contents (not including the package)
- A complete ingredients list
- Food allergen information
- Nutrition labeling (if applicable)
- Instructions for the administration of the medical cannabis
- Instructions on how to use the medical cannabis
Labels must not:
- Be attractive to children or minors
- Contain graphics that appeal to minors
- Be child-proof or child-resistant
- Contain Oklahoma’s Uniform Symbol (must measure at least one-half inch by one-half-inch, and must be in color)
- Must contain the following statement “women should not use marijuana or medical marijuana products during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects or while breastfeeding”
- Contain an “Information Panel”. An information panel is the panel that displays all information about the medicinal marijuana on the front of the package. An information panel must include the list of cannabis ingredients in the marijuana product, the batch of the marijuana, the strain of the marijuana (optional), the THC dosage in milligrams per unit, and the lot code)
- Contain a “Principal Display Panel”. A principal display panel is the panel that is to the right, left, or top of the information panel. It contains information about the medicinal cannabis that contains the name, weight, and type of marijuana product.
- Contain the following statement: “For accidental ingestion call 1-800-222-1222”
Commercially Similar Products
Imitation of non-marijuana products or packaging is strictly prohibited
Any health claims must be qualified with scientific evidence and it must comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Labeling Guide.
Marijuana processors in Oklahoma are encouraged to follow the food standards that are set out by the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Plan (HACCP). By following the standards set out by the HACCP, processors can rest assured that they are following Oklahoma’s food standards, particularly OAC 310:260-3-6.
While the above information is a starting point, as medical marijuana was only legalized in 2018, Oklahoma still expects to make changes to its medical marijuana labeling and packaging regulations. We will continue to provide updates to this page as regulations progress.
2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates
Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Oklahoma is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”
Current Medical Cannabis Laws
Lawmakers in many states, including the Sooner State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Oklahoma state government to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.
Current Cannabis Research
Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.