Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 5, 2019
The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Sen. Greg McCortney,
gave unanimous approval
Tuesday to House Bill 2616, the “Unity” bill, creating
the regulatory framework
for medical marijuana in Oklahoma.
Rules committee sends
medical marijuana ‘Unity’ bill to full Senate
The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to send the
legislation known as the Unity Bill to the full Senate for approval.
McCortney is the chair of the Rules Committee and Senate principal
author of House Bill 2612, creating the safety and regulatory framework
necessary for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry after
voters approved State Question 788 last June. The measure has already
been approved by the House.
The legislation is the result of work by a bipartisan, bicameral
task force co-chaired by McCortney, which began meeting last summer
to tackle many of the regulatory issues not directly addressed in
the state question, including testing and labeling, work place safety
issues, employer and employee rights.
McCortney, R-Ada, stressed HB 2612 ensures the will of the people
as expressed with the passage of S.Q. 788.
“I want to stress that the statute that came out of the vote
of the people is still 100 percent intact, 100 percent in law,”
McCortney said. “This builds on top of that language in 788
so that we will have regulatory framework that addresses the safety
and logistical issues pertaining to the medical marijuana industry
now in our state. Whether it is the health and well-being of those
choosing this type of medication or issues related to extraction
and manufacturing of the product, safety has been our utmost concern
throughout this process.”
McCortney said the earliest HB 2612 could come to the floor for
a vote would be next Monday. He said additional trailer bills will
follow to address specific issues not detailed in the Unity Bill,
including clarifying the authority cities and counties have, such
as zoning issues.
For more information, contact:
Sen. McCortney: (405) 521-5541