Medical marijuana regulations clear Oklahoma Senate panel

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A bill to regulate Oklahoma’s booming new medical marijuana industry has cleared another legislative hurdle on its way to the governor, positioning the state to impose new regulations governing tracking, advertising and other areas.

The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for the measure, known as the “unity bill” because it’s supported by various factions of the cannabis industry.

The bill now heads to the full Senate and, if approved there, to the governor.

The measure establishes guidelines for inventory testing and tracking, advertising, packaging and labeling, among other things.

Although the bill sets up regulations, it isn’t intended to curb the explosive growth of the medical marijuana industry in Oklahoma.

The state’s new Medical Marijuana Authority has approved nearly 60,000 patient licenses since August and has been overwhelmed with thousands of applications each week.

– Associated Press