the trade association for oklahoma's cannabis industry
New Health Solutions Oklahoma, Inc. (NHSO) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma through responsible public policy, strategic partnerships, industry research, and professional development.
Our membership includes diverse enterprises and interests related to the research, development, production, processing, manufacturing, testing, distributing, and transporting of medical cannabis and cannabis related products, in addition to individuals and entities providing ancillary services such as banking, finance, marketing, legal, branding, consulting, and infrastructure.
Our goal is the establishment of an innovative, industry-leading medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma built upon industry collaboration, community partnerships, enhance market development and analysis, effective public relations, and a robust presence at our policy making institutions.
On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voters will determine whether to approve SQ788, which authorizes the legal production, distribution, transportation, and possession of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. Considering the tremendous potential for public health impacts, economic opportunities, and agricultural diversification, NHSO is committed to advancing the medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma by advocating for comprehensive responsible legislation and regulations, while working alongside community stakeholders to build a robust medical cannabis program.
A New Health Solution For Oklahoma:
The amended Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act
Leaders of our State,
Thank you for the efforts this past week to respect the voters of Oklahoma’s decision to enact SQ 788 into law. We are encouraged in the leadership shown through the announcement of a bicameral and bipartisan committee by the majority party, the intent of engaging this effort with the expectation of a limited special session by the minority party, and assistance from the State Chamber of Commerce to gather the input and engagement of varied interests in this process.
As indicated, we have attached the working draft of statutory language that allows a responsible, effective and timely implementation of SQ 788. Our efforts have been to reconcile the language of SQ 788, functional statutory language from around the country, legislative initiatives from the spring, the good faith portions of regulations recently approved by the State Board of Health and Governor, concerns of activist and interest groups alike as well as public commentary into a functional and politically balanced document.
We will continue adding to this document as input from interests comes in in the next few days. Our hope is that your staff will work alongside us to format and mark up, as needed, to provide a roadmap for your proposed bicameral and bipartisan committee. We urge diligence and collaboration in preparation for a limited special session that enacts the will of Oklahoma voters in a timely manner.
It is our intent to make a draft available for public commentary later this week. Given the unfortunate decisions of the OSMA, the Board of Health, and Governor Fallin in adding regulations that violated the intent of SQ 788, the public and media have no confidence or trust in our policymaking institutions. We need transparency and leadership more than ever. Both supporters and opponents of 788 alike are skeptical at best, mutinous at worst towards the entire policy-making arena. As a result, the calls for immediate action are mounting and this is an excellent opportunity to get ahead of this and restore some faith in our public institutions.
As always, now and in the future, New Health Solutions Oklahoma stands ready and willing to provide the expertise and support vital to a successful implementation of SQ 788 and to all involved in this effort. We have the opportunity now to make our State a national model of implementation and leadership in a trying situation. Let us stand together now in that common cause.
We look forward to working with you all,
Bud Scott, Executive Director
Jed Green, Political Director
New Health Solutions Oklahoma
NHSO Statutory Draft Memo
This proposal of law by New Health Solutions Oklahoma is respectfully submitted to the People of Oklahoma and their Elected Leadership as our contribution in the effort to implement State Question 788. In this working draft of legislation, we have set forth to establish a legal foundation which enacts the spirit and intent of a responsible medical marijuana program. This document was assembled combining: the original language of SQ 788, proposed amendments from the 2018 Regular Session of the Oklahoma Legislature, best practices from other states, regulatory suggestions from the Oklahoma State Board of Health, and public commentary coming from those OSDH regulations. We believe this draft to be a solid framework to get this program on track in a manner which:
Protects patient access with no limiting conditions
Implements SQ 788 responsibly in a realistic time frame
Provides for Accountability from State Agencies
Frees the OSDH to move forward responsibly
Protects Oklahoma Small Business
Gives Business a stable environment to grow
Sets safety and quality controls
Establishes local controls
Protects personal freedoms
Opens the door for medical research
Lays a firm foundation with flexibility in the program
As we continue to work toward passage of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, we simultaneously dedicate our efforts to promoting the vital transparency of language, process, and civil discourse by ensuring good faith from those who choose to make their voices heard. As a State, we have the opportunity to be national leaders in providing patients with affordable access, our government and industry with clarity and to demonstrate that there is an Oklahoma Standard of excellence when we come together.
Q: How does this protect patients access with no limiting conditions?
A: By allowing a range of licensed doctors the ability to recommend products and by eliminating current regulations that limit THC content and prohibit specific delivery methods.
Q: How does this implement SQ 788 responsibly and in a realistic time frame?
A: This document works to balance the immediate need of patients with the realities of a successful implementation of the systems required for an orderly, secure and legitimate program.
Q: How does this provide for accountability from State Agencies?
A: By making the good faith regulations into law, the ability of those operating in bad faith at the agency level have less ability to prevent patients from receiving care.
Q: How does this free the OSDH to move forward responsibly?
A: Some regulations recently adopted by the OSDH are in line with the spirit and intent of SQ 788. Regulations proposed outside of the public commentary period and regulations intended to delay implementation of the program have been removed.. The regulations included here allow the OSDH to use what is in place saving valuable time in the implementation process.
Q: How does this protect Oklahoma Small Business?
A: This law establishes a license structure that allows opportunity for all legitimate small business interests. At the same time, it caps the size and number of larger grow operations while requiring transparency.
Q: How does this give business a stable environment to grow?
A: Through common sense employer protections and a stable law to model investment around.
Q: How does this set safety and quality controls?
A: Through provisions for testing laboratories, product safety testing and product labeling.
Q: How does this establish local controls?
A: By giving clarity to agencies, law enforcement, county and municipal governments about their roles in this program.
Q: How does this protect personal freedoms?
A: By ensuring access to medicine for patients, giving state level protections to gun owners and removing regulations that place discriminatory burdens based on gender and criminal record.
Q: How does this open the door for medical research?
A: Includes provisions that license legitimate medical research institutions and facilities.
Q: How does this lay a firm foundation with flexibility in the program?
A: This statute is intended to support initial implementation of SQ 788 while allowing room for common sense regulations that make medicine readily available to all those with a medical need for the product.
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As the only statewide organization representing investors and operators in this industry, our staff and contractor lobbyists work with elected officials, agency personnel and interested stakeholders to advance the legislative and regulatory strategies adopted by our members. Through these efforts, our members will be provided advanced political intelligence, an opportunity to educate policy makers, and an advantageous understanding of cannabis policy and state/local regulatory programs. From the Capitol to local town halls, we are dedicated to educating policymakers on critical issues for our industry.
industry research & strategic partnerships
Beyond standard professional networking opportunities, NHSO monitors the most recent industry trends and developments to position our members for success. Whether it's identifying potential for collaborative ventures or market opportunities, our members receive strategic guidance and access to preferred vendor directories. In addition to providing our members with the most current data on market trends, investment opportunities, and industry practices, NHSO aims to facilitate the growth of a sustainable, healthy medical cannabis market through collaborative opportunities for partnership and investment amongst our members. Our goal is to put our members in the best position to be successful in the licensing process, product development, and market realization. Accordingly, NHSO staff and leadership are already fostering partnerships with research institutions and ancillary industries to expand medical, agricultural and industrial applications, best practices and technological innovations.
education & training
Through partnerships with the business, medical and agricultural communities, NHSO will offer continuing education and training opportunities for our membership and community stakeholders regarding new technologies, research and development, and best practices. NHSO staff is actively developing medical resource guides for physicians to understand how cannabis operates and the efficacy of different delivery systems. Additionally, NHSO staff is in the process of compiling a medical directory listing participating physicians in Oklahoma's medical marijuana program.
At our headquarters in Oklahoma City, we are prepared to operate a 10,000 sf training and demonstration facility for members and students to gain hands-on experience with different cultivation techniques, mediums, technology, and processing equipment.