Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?
Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma. About half a dozen medical cannabis states recognize medical cards from other states, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, including Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Rhode Island, Arizona and Oklahoma. New Mexico is the latest state to add reciprocity, having recently passed it into law, and Washington DC also accepts medical licenses from legal states. But it’s hard to find a patient who’s actually taken advantage of the program, which seems to be underused, possibly because of unwieldy regulations in some states. “I know of some people using it, but it’s hard to see how widespread it is,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policy use for the Marijuana Policy Project. She said that some states like Hawaii accept out-of-state licenses without additional paperwork. But in a state like Oklahoma, the reciprocity process requires additional bureaucracy. Obstacles in Oklahoma Oklahoma is one of the newest entries to the roster of medical cannabis states, and certainly one of the most enthusiastic. By the time…
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