Oklahoma has become more friendly to cannabis users over the last six years. At one point, all forms of cannabis were strictly illegal. Now, there are still some murky laws, but huge strides have been made to legalize CBD and even some forms of marijuana.
In fact, CBD was only available to people who could get a doctor’s recommendation until May of 2019. We’ll go over how that has changed in the following sections.
Until May of 2019, CBD was only legal with a doctor’s recommendation. Now, it’s found in most stores, and it has help boost Oklahoma’s economy quite a bit. That doesn’t mean it’s entirely legal, though.
Legality Of CBD
With a wide variety of CBD products popping up on store shelves across the state, you might think that CBD is officially legal in Oklahoma. However, it is not.
Since 2014, Oklahoma has required CBD users to acquire a doctor’s recommendation before purchasing CBD. At first, doctor’s would only recommend CBD to pediatric patients that had epilepsy, but in 2017, it became legal for doctors to recommend CBD to anyone who had an illness that the state deemed serious enough to warrant CBD treatments.
Doctor recommendations are still technically required by law. Oklahoma’s state officials haven’t written new laws that change that. However, they have decriminalized the possession, sale, and use of CBD. So, it’s not technically legalized, but it’s not illegal, either.
That murky law has given retailers and CBD users a lot of freedom, but it probably won’t stick around forever. As the CBD industry grows, it will most likely become more regulated in Oklahoma.
Are Food Items Legal?
CBD food items are in most food stores, and the state government doesn’t care that they’re being sold. However, like all CBD products in Oklahoma, they are not officially legal. They’re just decriminalized.
That means that you can safely purchase CBD food items in Oklahoma. The police won’t stop you, and they won’t stop the store owner, either. However, the lack of a legitimate law that legalizes CBD food items has made many restaurants remain cautious about offering CBD menu items. Since the law doesn’t specifically say that they can offer CBD menu items, they can run into several different issues if they start selling them. For instance, inspectors might not approve of the products being used due to the FDA’s guidelines, and there isn’t a state law that says they can offer those products. Also, a new law can be written at any time, and they might have to immediately remove all CBD products from their menus. Until the state government writes a law that specifically legalizes CBD food items, you won’t find a lot of restaurants that are willing to use CBD.
Is CBD Legal On Federal Property?
It is currently illegal to possess any sort of cannabis product on federal property. That’s not unique to Oklahoma, though. State governments don’t control federal property. So, they can’t tell citizens that they can carry whatever they want onto federal property.
This means that you won’t be able to carry your CBD products into courthouses, federally-funded schools, and some other special locations. That’s not a big restriction, though. You can’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes at those locations, either. So, it’s a fairly standard rule.
Where Can I Buy CBD?
You can’t legally purchase CBD in Oklahoma, but since it’s decriminalized, you can purchase it at most stores without worrying about facing legal consequences. However, dispensaries don’t offer CBD products, and dispensaries are where most of the best and most reliable CBD products are sold in other states. So, you’ll have to buy your products from normal stores, and that means that you’ll have to take the time to research each product that interests you to make sure it’s worth buying.
You can also browse the internet to find new CBD products. Since CBD is decriminalized in Oklahoma, you can safely import CBD products from other states. This is a great way to get your hands on high-quality CBD items that your local stores aren’t carrying.
You do need to be careful, though. While the internet might be the best place to purchase high-quality CBD products, there are plenty of low-quality products being sold by shady retailers. You can avoid getting scammed by spending about five minutes researching a retailer before you purchase products from them.
Can I Travel With CBD?
You can travel with CBD in Oklahoma. Since it’s decriminalized, police officers cannot legally press charges against you for possessing CBD, and that includes having CBD in your vehicle.
However, you should avoid bringing CBD to government-funded buildings. While it is decriminalized, it can still be considered a form of cannabis, and it is not allowed on government property.
Is Oklahoma Pro-CBD?
With CBD being decriminalized, you might think that Oklahoma has taken a pro-CBD stance on the matter. However, Oklahoma’s state officials are simply tolerating CBD. They haven’t made any attempts to create legitimate laws that protect the use of CBD, and while that will probably change in the future, it will most likely be due to economic reasons. State officials simply haven’t expressed a lot of interest in the CBD industry yet.
The federal laws seem to encourage indecisiveness and awkward laws on the state level. Oklahoma is a prime example of that. Instead of creating laws that put consumer rights above the demands of the FDA, Oklahoma’s state officials have decriminalized CBD to spare police officers the burden of having to arrest everyone who sells CBD regardless of the law. They haven’t openly supported CBD, and they haven’t stood against CBD legalization. States like Massachusetts have dealt with the federal laws by banning hemp-derived CBD, but they still allow marijuana-derived CBD to be sold for recreational purposes.
Here are three ways that the federal government has confused state officials with murky CBD laws.
CBD Is Not Officially Legal
CBD is not technically legal on the federal level. It’s not illegal according to the 2018 Farm Bill, but there aren’t any parts of the bill that specifically discuss the legality of CBD. Instead, the bill states that industrial hemp products are legal. CBD is typically extracted from industrial hemp, but the law is most likely talking about industrial materials such as concrete, polymer, and rope.
The FDA Has Control Over CBD
Since the 2018 Farm Bill didn’t specifically legalize CBD, a lot of issues popped up when most retailers interpreted the bill as permission to sell CBD without state or federal regulations. To solve those problems, the federal government passed the burden of regulating CBD onto the FDA. The federal government’s reasoning behind that decision was that medicinal CBD had been legalized and approved by the FDA, and that meant that all CBD products were considered medicinal drugs.
When the FDA gained control over CBD, it did not make it legal for retailers to sell CBD across the nation. In fact, the FDA started demanding manufacturers to participate in the FDA approval process before selling products, and it stated that all products that weren’t approved are illegal. So, the FDA essentially banned CBD until it decides that CBD is safe. Unfortunately, the FDA probably won’t declare CBD safe for consumption until it has put several products through a very lengthy and expensive testing process.
TSA Denies CBD Users Access To Planes
The FDA’s guidelines have had a pretty big effect on the TSA. As a federal agency, the TSA is forced to comply with FDA guidelines. Since the FDA has banned all unapproved CBD products, people who travel by plane cannot bring CBD products with them. TSA agents will confiscate any CBD products they find, and they’ll probably call the police. In most states, the consequences for bringing CBD to an airport are fairly minor, but your time will still be wasted, and you probably won’t get on your flight.
The only exception to that is that you can bring CBD with you if you have epilepsy. You’ll have to have medicinal CBD, and you’ll have to have proof that you suffer from a serious illness. You can’t just bring a jar of CBD cream onto a plane and say that you have epilepsy. This is due to the fact that the FDA has approved a certain CBD formula as an epilepsy treatment.
How To Use It
You can technically find a lot of CBD products in Oklahoma, but none of them are officially legal. You just can’t be arrested for possessing them. At the moment, you can find creams, oils, food items, drinks, patches, capsules, pastes, pet treats, and all kinds of other CBD products in Oklahoma. Your right to purchase those items is not protected, though. A new law can be passed at any time, and that might make certain products illegal in the future.
It’s up to you to decide whether you want to purchase products that aren’t technically legal. You won’t get in trouble for purchasing them, though.
Oklahoma isn’t a CBD-friendly state, but decriminalizing CBD was a huge step in the right direction. Only the future will tell if Oklahoma is serious about giving its residents the right to purchase CBD.