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Rulemaking Process

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana statutes are the foundation of OMMA’s regulatory and licensing authority, including OMMA's rules. Oklahoma voters approved the original version of those statutes with State Question 788 in 2018.

New state laws prompt a new rulemaking process. Read more about the legislative process on our Legislative Updates page.

Rulemaking involves an extensive public comment period. Some new laws are incorporated into the rules on a temporary, emergency basis. Proposed permanent rules may be reviewed by the State Legislature and must be declared approved by the Governor before taking effect.

Licensees receive information about the annual rulemaking process, including public comment opportunities, in newsletters and other updates sent to email addresses associated with patient and commercial licenses. You can also visit this page and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for timely information about rulemaking.

Visit omma.ok.gov/rules to see the rules in effect now. Visit omma.ok.gov/comment to see OMMA's proposed permanent rules.

See roadmaps of the emergency and permanent rulemaking process below, as well as a table with information about previous versions of OMMA rules.


What's the Difference Between Permanent & Emergency Rules?

As a state agency, OMMA can make rules to implement statutes that directly affect the agency. These administrative rules have the effect of law.

Before they can become effective, permanent rules are subject to a rulemaking process that includes review and approval by the Oklahoma government. We are required to accept public comment about proposed permanent rules and may also hold hearings on the proposed rules.

To learn more about rules and notices in the state, visit the Office of Administrative Rules website.

Emergency rules are exceptions to the rulemaking process of permanent rules. Emergency rules may be promulgated if we can establish that the rule is required to:

  • protect the public health, safety or welfare,
  • comply with deadlines in amendments to an agency’s governing law or federal programs,
  • avoid violation of federal law or regulation or other state law,
  • avoid imminent reduction to the agency’s budget, or
  • avoid serious prejudice to the public interest.

The Governor has 45 days to approve or reject an emergency rule request. If the Governor approves a rule, it takes immediate effect and remains in effect until the first day of the next legislative session, or no later than Sept. 15 if in effect during the legislative session. Emergency rules can be disapproved by the Legislature or superseded by permanent rules.


OMMA Rules Through the Years

This table shows proposed, current and past versions of OMMA’s rules. Check the table to see which version is which.

 

Effective Date Rule Type Status Oklahoma Register Publication Summary of Changes Full Rules
Nov. 1, 2022 Emergency

Current OMMA rules.

Amended the Sept. 11, 2022, rules and moved them to a new section of Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) in accordance with OMMA's new status as an independent state agency.

N/A N/A Full Rules
Sept. 11, 2022 Permanent

NOT CURRENT OMMA RULES

Superseded by Nov. 1, 2022, emergency rules.

39 Okla. Reg. 1396-1401 (Sept. 1, 2022) Summary of Changes N/A
Sept. 7, 2022 Emergency

NOT CURRENT RULES

Superseded by Sept. 11, 2022, permanent rules.

N/A Summary of Changes
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Full Rules
Nov. 23, 2021 Emergency

NOT CURRENT RULES

Amended the Sept. 11, 2021, permanent rules and superseded portions of the Sept. 16, 2021, emergency rules to be consistent with current statutory changes.

Superseded by Sept. 11, 2022, permanent rules.

39 Okla. Reg. 271-276 (Jan. 3, 2022) Summary of Changes Full Rules
Sept. 16, 2021 Emergency

NOT CURRENT RULES

Amended the permanent rules from Sept. 11, 2021.

Portions superseded by Nov. 23, 2021, rules.

39 Okla. Reg. 60-95 (Nov. 1, 2021) Restored emergency rules from 6/28/2021 that were superseded by the 9/11/2021 permanent rule changes Full Rules
Sept. 11, 2021 Permanent

NOT CURRENT RULES

Amended by the Sept. 16, 2021, emergency rules.

38 Okla. Reg. 2073-76 (Sept. 1, 2021) Summary of Changes Full Rules
June 28, 2021 Emergency

NOT CURRENT RULES

Superseded by Sept. 11, 2021, permanent rules.

Amended the Sept. 11, 2020, permanent rules.

38 Okla. Reg. 858-88 (Aug. 16, 2021) Summary of Changes Full Rules
Oct. 15, 2020 Emergency

NOT CURRENT RULES

Superseded by June 28, 2021, emergency rules.

Amended the Sept. 11, 2020, permanent rules.

38 Okla. Reg. 169-89 (Dec. 1, 2020) Summary of Changes Full Rules
Sept. 11, 2020 Permanent

NOT CURRENT RULES

Superseded by Sept. 11, 2021, permanent rules.

37 Okla. Reg. 1461-63 (Sept. 1, 2020) Summary of Changes Full Rules
Last Modified on Nov 08, 2022
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