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Special legislative session not needed to implement medical marijuana rules, governor says
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Special legislative session not needed to implement medical marijuana rules, governor says

Legislators were considering one to add regulations that weren't addressed in SQ788

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Gov. Mary Fallin addresses lawmakers at the state Capitol on Feb. 5. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday she has decided not to call lawmakers back to the Capitol for a summertime special session to make changes to Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana law.

Instead, she said in a news release, the rules being considered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health would be enough to get the industry going.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed emergency rules that will ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans as well as being fair and balanced for the marijuana industry,” Fallin said. “The Health Department has been working with other agencies the past several months to develop a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical reasons.”

The announcement by the governor came 10 days after a spokesman for the governor had said that Fallin intended to call a special session if voters approved State Question 788 to “address the practical implementation of the proposal.”

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