On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Oklahoma residents voted to approve a bill called SQ 788. It allowed for the physician-recommended use of medical marijuana. There are now 33 U.S. states plus D.C. that offer some sort of legal medical marijuana program.
Historically, it took states around two years to go from newly-passed legislation to having a fully operational MMJ program up-and-running. With Oklahoma, the process took less than six months. The state passed SQ 788 in June 2018. By November of that year, qualified patients were already growing 100% legal cannabis plants in the comfort of their own homes.
Moreover, by the start of 2019, there were well over 20,000 approved MMJ patients and nearly 2,000 businesses approved for legal operation in the state. The speed at which the Oklahoma medical marijuana program has progressed is almost unprecedented in the United States.
This is, of course, great news for the thousands of individuals in the state suffering from a marijuana-treatable condition (such as pain, anxiety, PTSD, etc.). Now, quick and easy access to high-quality medicinal cannabis is a genuine possibility.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know about how to get medical marijuana in Oklahoma. This includes information on the application process, the doctor recommendation forms, and the required fees.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Oklahoma
The program is a pretty simple one to apply for. Nonetheless, check out the steps if you are an Oklahoma resident aged 18+ and think that MMJ is a viable option.
Step 1 – Find a Doctor and Schedule an Appointment
Not all Oklahoma doctors are required to participate in the medical marijuana program. Family physicians, in particular, are often reluctant to get involved in the process. Fortunately, you can find a list of physicians that are cannabis-friendly on the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) website.
There is no need for a doctor to register with the OMMA before signing a Physician Recommendation Form. However, the process is faster when you use a registered doctor. Bring a blank copy of the Recommendation Form when you visit the doctor’s office. You will need to outline why you believe you need an MMJ card.
Step 2 – Start the Online Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Application
Visit the state’s official MMJ platform to begin your online application. You will need to fill out various online forms and provide the following information:
- Your full legal name and date of birth
- Your permanent mailing address
- Proof of Oklahoma residency
- A clean, color, full-face digital photo
- A telephone number and email address
- Your current physician information
- Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form dated within 30 days of the submission of the application. OMMA will reject your application if you don’t fully complete the ‘Certifying Board’ section
Here is a table highlighting what types of documents are accepted to fulfill each of the above requirements:
|APPLICATION REQUIREMENT||TYPES OF DOCUMENTS ACCEPTED (Only ONE Needed)|
|Proof of Residency||● An Oklahoma driver’s license (scanned front and back)|
● An Oklahoma identification card (scanned front and back)
● An Oklahoma voter I.D. card
● An Oklahoma utility bill (for the calendar month preceding the date of application. Cell phone and internet bills are NOT accepted)
● A residential property deed showing ownership of Oklahoma property
● A valid rental agreement for a residential Oklahoma property
|Proof of Identity||● An Oklahoma driver’s license (scanned front and back)|
● An Oklahoma identification card (scanned front and back)
● A U.S. passport (or another photo I.D. issued by the U.S government)
● A tribal I.D. card approved for identification purposes by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
|Full-Face Digital Photograph||See here for detailed instructions for how to submit a digital photograph for your Oklahoma medical marijuana application|
Step 3 – Wait for Your Card & Visit a Dispensary
OMMA reviews your application once you have sent it and paid the fees. If approved, you will receive an approval letter in the mail within 14 days of the application submission. You also get your valid MMJ card that allows you to buy medical marijuana in Oklahoma dispensaries.
If the application is missing required documents, you are notified via email. Your card is valid for two years unless the OMMA revokes it. If the application is denied because of unmet requirements, you receive a letter of denial in the mail within 14 days of submission of the application.
For more information, feel free to call the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority at 405-271-2266 for additional assistance.
What Are the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Costs?
Application fees are as follows:
- Standard application fees are $100
- Reduced-fee applications are available for $20 for those who qualify (and can provide proof of enrollment in) Medicaid (SoonerCare) or Medicare
*[You MUST pay all application fees with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card. If you do not have a credit or debit card, find a retail store that offers prepaid Visa or MasterCards and purchase one there]
In general, you can expect to pay an additional $200 for the MMJ evaluation. However, there are now services offered by companies such as NuggMD and Dr. Weedy. In both cases, you can have a consultation online. It only takes around 15 minutes. Once you receive your MMJ card, you can legally visit one of the enormous arrays of Oklahoma marijuana dispensaries.
What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Oklahoma?
Unlike practically every other MMJ state program, there is no defined list of qualifying conditions. You only need the recommendation of a licensed physician. Common reasons for approval include:
- Muscle pain
- Body aches
- Loss of appetite
- Neuropathic pain disorders
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
However, it is at the discretion of the physician in question. This is why you should put in extra time to find a marijuana-friendly one! The lack of qualifying conditions was met with outrage in some quarters.
Dr. Kevin Taubman, for instance, former president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said: “This is a bad public health policy that does not resemble a legitimate medical treatment program.”
Other Information on the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana License Process
The Oklahoma marijuana bill, in its current form, is pretty “generous,” to say the very least. It permits large purchasing and possession limits, and the two-year validity is twice the length of most other states. In any case, here are a few answers to FAQs about the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Program.
How Much Cannabis Can I Buy & Possess in Oklahoma?
Residents with a state medical marijuana card can:
- Possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis in public
- Store up to 8 ounces of cannabis at home
- Possess up to one ounce of cannabis concentrates (including THC oils, waxes, extracts, etc.)
- Possess up to 72 ounces of “marijuana-infused edibles”
Can Minors Get an MMJ Card in Oklahoma?
Yes. However, you need to obtain two physician signatures on a separate form. A parent or legal guardian must also provide additional information about the patient.
Where Can I Purchase MMJ in Oklahoma?
The MMJ program in the state has taken off at warp speed. By February 2020, the state already had more than 2,200 dispensaries, the most in the entire country!
Am I Allowed to Grow Marijuana at Home?
Yes! You can grow up to six mature plants in a private residence (in addition to six seedlings). However, possession of more than eight ounces is illegal. Therefore, when you harvest your crop, you need to process it or dispose of it. Unless you have a special license, it is unlawful to sell it, and you are not permitted to donate cannabis.
Am I Allowed to Assign a Caregiver?
Yes. Patients need to provide valid/documented information on why they need a caregiver. The patient submits the caregiver designation application form. This individual must obtain an MMJ caregiver license from the OMMA. Once approved, a caregiver can grow cannabis in their home on your behalf, or purchase it for you.
Is the Program Open to MMJ Cardholders from Other States?
Yes. Residents of other states outside Oklahoma that hold a valid MMJ license in their home state may apply for a temporary permit. This enables them to “buy, use, and grow” medical marijuana from an Oklahoma dispensary. The license is valid for 30 days, and cannot exceed the expiration of the out-of-state MMJ card. Temporary Oklahoma MMJ licenses are renewable.
How Do I Get a License to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Oklahoma? Or to Become a Grower, Processor, or Transporter in Oklahoma?
To qualify as growers, transporters, processors, and dispensary operators, applicants must be:
- At least 25 years old
- A resident of Oklahoma
- Already registered to conduct business in the state
- Have no more than 25% non-Oklahoma ownership (i.e., no more than 25% of your dispensary partners can be non-Oklahoma residents)
The application fee for growers, processors, and dispensary operators is $2,500.
*The Oklahoma State Department of Health updates the status of the medical marijuana program as new information becomes available. You can either check omma.ok.gov or call 405-271-2266 to learn more.