Cannabis commission bill

MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY — Creation of a Cannabis Commission to regulate medical marijuana in the state was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday night with no votes to spare.

House Bill 3468, by Rep. John Jordan, R-Yukon, sets up an independent commission that would be activated if voters approve State Question 788 on June 26. That question would legalize medical uses of medical marijuana, although opponents say its broad construction would essentially make policing recreational use impossible.

"If you're for full-on recreational marijuana, this is not your bill," Jordan said in explaining the bill.

Jordan said setting up an independent commission to regulate medical cannabis would make for better rule-making and enforcement. It also would protect other state agencies from potential loss of federal funds if the federal government decides to crack down on medical marijuana, he said.

Although marijuana has been legalized by several states, it remains illegal under federal law.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Randy Krehbiel

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Randy has been with the Tulsa World since 1979. He is a native of Hinton, Okla., and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Krehbiel primarily covers government and politics. Phone: 918-581-8365