Oklahomans overwhelmingly approved a measure last summer to legalize medical marijuana. Now the treatment is in overwhelming demand.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) said this week that, as of Monday, it has approved 146,381 licenses for patients to receive medicinal cannabis, along with 958 licenses granted to caregivers. In addition, the agency has approved 3,397 licenses for growers, 1,605 licenses for dispensaries and 905 licenses for processors.
To put those numbers in a slightly different perspective: OMMA has enrolled more than 3.5% of the state’s entire population as patients. According to the Tulsa World, the state’s participation rate places it near the top among the 33 states in the country that have legalized medical cannabis.
It’s also significantly higher than what state officials anticipated for the first year of the program. After the ballot measure was passed last June, the World reported, officials expected that roughly 80,000 patients would be registered in the opening year.
Karen O’Keefe, the director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the newspaper that she believes Oklahoma “has among the best medical marijuana programs in the country in terms of patients having relief quickly without a bunch of hurdles they and their