A few hundred medical marijuana patients are having to reapply for licenses after a review found they had submitted forms from physicians that were not board certified.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority reported the results after a patient license quality assurance review. OMMA said about 450 patients will have to resubmit the form with a board-certified physician. That number, according to OMMA, represents fewer than 2 percent of approved patient applications.
“The OMMA is allowing these patients ample time to resubmit their form free of charge, and we are hopeful that patients will be able to work with their recommending physician to easily resolve the issue,” OMMA Director. Adrienne Rollins said. “Moving forward, we will continue to ensure that physician recommendations are compliant with state law when issuing patient licenses.”
Those affected were to be notified by email by Jan. 4, and anyone who does not resubmit the form by Feb. 3 will have their license revoked. The OMMA said in its press release that it has also notified the associated physicians.
The OMMA keeps a list of physicians that have voluntarily joined a registry at the omma.ok.gov website. That list has also been reviewed.
The release said OMMA has been working with Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners regarding board and has removed physicians “who have been identified as not currently meeting the definition of board certification from its registry.”
“We are still in the very early stages of a new regulatory program,” interim state health commissioner Tom Bates said. “The OMMA identified a number of complexities involved in defining and verifying board certifications, and I am proud of their commitment to quality improvement checks.”
Through Dec. 31, since medical medical marijuana was approved by Oklahoma voters, 33,099 patient, 231 caregiver and 2,762 business applications were received by the OMMA. Of those, 26,603 patient, 162 caregiver, 805 dispensary, 1,302 grower and 341 processor licenses were approved.