The recent changes in Oklahoma marijuana laws have left many people wondering how to apply for a patient license – or even if marijuana is legal in Oklahoma!
Rest assured, cannabis remains legal in Oklahoma for medical reasons. A state-issued marijuana license is all you need to make both possession and use entirely within the law.
However, you do need to apply to get the patient license and be approved for it first. Here’s everything you need to know about how to do just that:
What is an Oklahoma medical marijuana patient license?
This is what a medical marijuana card is officially called in Oklahoma. When you have a patient license, you can legally buy, use and even grow medical marijuana (and medical marijuana-derived products) in the state of Oklahoma.
The license comes in the form of a photo identification card with your name, date of birth and other details on it.
When will my patient license expire?
Your ID card will also show you the date when your license expires.
An Oklahoma medical marijuana patient license lasts for two years after it has been issued. There are also short-term licenses which last for only 60 days.
What conditions qualify for a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma weed laws – enshrined in SQ 788 – state that there aren’t really any set conditions which qualify you for a medical marijuana license.
It is largely down to the individual physician concerned as to whether marijuana will be something they include as part of a recommended course of treatment.
That said, there is a list of specific conditions which cannabis is agreed to be beneficial for:
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pain disorders
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle spasticity
- Anorexia and bulimia
- HIV/ AIDS
- Severe nausea
- Epilepsy and other cramps
- Cachexia and exhaustion syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
How to apply for an Oklahoma marijuana license
1) Fill in the form
Visit the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) website at omma.ok.gov and fill in the form.
To complete the form, you will need to enter details such as:
- The patient’s full name
- Residence and mailing address
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- Email address (this is very important because this will usually be how you are notified about anything relating to your license)
- Physician information (more on this in a moment)
- Patient signature (dated within 30 days of the application date)
2) Collect the supporting documentation
To fill in the form, you will also need some additional documentation. This will include:
Proof of Oklahoma residency – this will take the form of a digital, color copy of your Oklahoma state driving license, ID card, voter ID card, utility bills (not including cellphone or internet bills), Oklahoma residential property deed or a residential rental agreement for a property in Oklahoma. For licenses and cards, remember you will probably need an image of the front and the reverse.
Proof of identity – this can be your Oklahoma state driving license or ID card again or your US passport or any other photo ID issued by the US government. It can also be your Tribal ID card if it has been approved for identification purposes.
A digital photo of your face – which must be clear, full face and in color.
Your Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form – this can be either the two-year or 60-day version and must be dated within 30 days of you submitting the form.
Your MediCare or SoonerCare documentation (if possible) – this might include your MediCare card or other letter from an authority stating you are a 100% disabled veteran.
3) Speak to your physician
Before starting the application process, you will need to have visited your doctor and have them sign the Adult Patient Physician Recommendation Form. The form must be dated within 30 days of your date of application.
You can then submit a digital copy of the form through the application system.
4) Pay the fee
The fee for the application is usually $100.
However, this can be reduced to $20 if you provide proof of your MediCare or SoonerCare membership or of your status (or that of whoever the patient in question happens to be) as a 100% disabled veteran.
Something to be aware of is that you can only pay by Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit or debit card. There is also usually an additional fee for using credit card.
You should also note that these fees are not refundable.
5) Wait for your card
Remember that any time you want to buy cannabis from a dispensary or need to provide proof that you are legally allowed to possess or use marijuana or marijuana-derived products to any law enforcement officials, you will need to show your card.
Your card will usually be dispatched to you within 14 days of the date you submitted your form. As long as you have been approved., that is. This means that your card (which comes with your official letter of approval) should arrive in not much longer than that.
Oklahoma medical marijuana card problems
- If something goes wrong with your application – you will be notified by email of any further documents you might need to send or any other issues. You can then log back into the system and make changes.
- If your application is denied – you will be sent a letter of denial within 14 days which will explain why you have not been approved.
- If you are approved but don’t receive your card – if you are still waiting for your card 30 days after you submitted your form, you can log back into the system and request a “replacement” for your non-existing card. There is a clear option in the process for cards which were never received. Be sure to confirm you have filled your address in correctly.
Where to buy medical marijuana in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, medical marijuana and marijuana-derived products like gummies, edibles and live resin cartridges are sold in officially licensed dispensaries. There are currently around 200 of these around the state.
When buying from a dispensary with your card in hand, if you don’t have much experience (if the question of live resin vs distillate would completely throw you or if you’re not sure of the important differences between CBD and THC, for example) it’s a good idea to ask for advice to get the best medication for your condition and preferences.
Always check the quality too. Kind live resin, for instance, is made from plants grown in American soil using organic, natural methods.
Ask for advice behind the counter or check online before you buy to make sure your experience with your new Oklahoma medical marijuana card is a smooth and easy one.