House Bill 2612, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, commonly called the “Unity Bill,” is expected to cost nearly $10 million in its first year. It was created after multiple meetings and presentations before a bipartisan medical marijuana working group. (Rep. Jon Echols, co-chair, pictured.)
Among the most controversial aspects of the measure is a provision allowing employers in “safety-sensitive” fields to inquire whether employees have medical marijuana licenses. These positions include firefighting, handling hazardous materials, and operating motor vehicles and heavy machinery.
The measure grants express rule-making power to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, part of the state