Public comment period begins for proposed OMMA rules; public hearing is Dec. 15
A month-long public comment period begins today on the proposed new Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) rules, with a public hearing set for Dec. 15 in Oklahoma City.
“This is the opportunity for medical marijuana licensees and all Oklahomans to make their voices heard in our rulemaking process,” said OMMA Executive Director Adria Berry. “We take the public input process seriously and look forward to hearing feedback from around the state.”
OMMA submitted the proposed permanent rules Oct. 25 to Oklahoma Secretary of State Brian Bingman.
OMMA is collecting public comments on a form at omma.ok.gov/comment. The comment form closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 15.
A public hearing is 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, providing Oklahomans with the opportunity to share their comments in person. The hearing is in Room 535 of the Oklahoma State Capitol (2300 N Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City). It will be livestreamed and recorded on the Oklahoma State Senate website. Anyone who wishes to speak must sign in at the door by 9:05 a.m.
OMMA will consider the feedback from the public comment period and public hearing and submit rule documents to the Legislature for consideration during the 2023 regular legislative session. The permanent rules would take effect later in 2023 after approval by the Legislature or the Governor, at which point they will be added to omma.ok.gov/rules.
This is the first time OMMA’s rulemaking process will take place outside of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) process. OMMA became an independent state agency Nov. 1, separating from OSDH, where OMMA operated from its inception in 2018 through Oct. 31.