In Oklahoma, medical marijuana is legal, but the possession and sale of recreational marijuana are still illegal. Because the state does not require qualifying medical conditions, patient cards are easy to get, and 1 in 13 adults in Oklahoma have one.
Without a patient card, however, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor that carries up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $10,000. Additionally, patient cardholders can only purchase medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries and can only possess limited amounts of the drug.
Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry is notorious for poor regulation and illegal activity, so advocates are petitioning to allow cannabis for recreational adult use and change the rules for medical use. Previous efforts to legalize recreational use in the state have failed.
While Oklahomans wait for reform, authorities are cracking down on illegal marijuana cultivation operations, and the state is all but dependent on the tax dollars that the legal medical marijuana industry brings in.
Navigating the laws concerning cannabis in Oklahoma can be difficult, but Nichols Dixon is here to help
Using Marijuana in Oklahoma
If you want to use marijuana in Oklahoma, get a patient card – but be sure to choose a reputable physician. For most adults, getting a patient card can be as easy as scheduling a virtual consultation with their doctors. Once you have your patient card, you should also be mindful of possession and cultivation limits. Only buy what you need, always consume marijuana in private, and do not share your medication with friends or family members.
Choosing to use marijuana without a patient card, sharing drugs with loved ones, or violating possession and cultivation limits could result in fines and jail time. Still, our attorneys are here to help you clarify misunderstandings and fight any drug charges you may be facing.
Conducting Cannabis Business in Oklahoma
The lucrative medical marijuana business attracts many bad actors, some of whom take advantage of well-meaning people who just want to get into the industry. You may open a cultivation operation or dispensary only to find out you have taken bad legal advice and are running an illegal business. You may take a job with a reliable employer only to find out you have been trafficking drugs without your knowledge.
Before you enter the cannabis business, make sure to speak to reputable attorneys and check in with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). When applying for jobs in the medical marijuana industry, research an employer before accepting their offer.
If you unwittingly find yourself in legal trouble, do not hesitate to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Nichols Dixon has experience on all sides of the law, an outstanding reputation, and a history of results.
Being charged with a drug crime is scary, but we can walk you through the legal process. Your success is our priority, and we will create a strategy that works for you.
To learn more about your rights and legal options in misdemeanor and felony marijuana charges, call our firm at (405) 294-1511 or contact us online today.