In June of 2018, Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana through the passage of State Question 788. The law allows qualifying patients to purchase and use medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary if certain criteria are met. Patients must provide a recommendation form signed by a physician. The following information provides guidance on physician registration and physician recommendations.
What are the requirements to recommend a patient obtain a medical marijuana license?
IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to holding a valid, unrestricted and existing license to practice in the State of Oklahoma as a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine, a physician must also be board certified under the rules established by either the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure or the Oklahoma Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Please contact your licensure board for assistance in determining whether you are board certified. To assist OMMA in verifying your board certification, please make sure you have notified your licensure board of your board certification.
Physicians must fill out the “Certifying Board” field on the recommendation form
in its entirety or the patient application will be rejected. Please ensure this is filled out using the full, complete name of the certifying board (e.g., “American Board of Family Medicine” instead of “Family Medicine”).
- The physician must establish a medical record for the patient and must have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
- A physician must be board certified under rules established by either the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure or the Oklahoma Board of Osteopathic Examiners.
- The physician must recommend a medical marijuana license according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow for recommending or approving any medication.
- If applicable, the physician may certify that the patient is homebound or does not have the capability to self-administer or purchase medical marijuana due to a developmental disability or a physical or cognitive impairment; and the physician believes the patient would benefit from having a caregiver with a caregiver’s license designated to manage the patient's medical marijuana on the patient's behalf.
- The physician must verify the patient’s identity as provided in the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Rules (310:681-1-7).
Am I required to register with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority prior to signing a physician’s recommendation form for a patient?
No, physician registration is optional. However, completion of this form prior to recommending medical marijuana will help expedite patients’ application processing.
What information will I need to complete the registration?
The following information should be readily available:
- Contact information for the medical practice, including professional email address
- Medical licensure number
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) number
Is there a form required to recommend medical marijuana?
Yes, a patient is required to submit an official Physician Recommendation Form. These forms are available at omma.ok.gov under adult patients and minor patients. The patient can provide the form, or you can access it from this site.
Do I need special training or certification to register?
No, however a physician must be board certified under rules established by either the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure or the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and his or her license must be in good standing.
Can resident physicians recommend the use of medical marijuana for a patient?
No, physicians in their residency or other graduate medical training do not meet the definition of physician per the rules established for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Program (OAC 310:681-1-9.1(a)).
Can I withdraw as the authorizing physician for a patient who I previously recommended to receive a patient license?
No, a valid physician recommendation form submitted at the time of the patient’s application will provide a license for a term of two years.
Am I allowed to complete a recommendation form for a minor?
Yes, but any minor application must provide two separate recommendation forms from two physicians. These forms are available in the Minor Patients section.
Will my name be shared as a physician who authorizes the use of medical marijuana?
The information you provide on the registry form will only be shared with the public with your permission. You may indicate your preference on the registry form.
Will my licensure information and other information I submit for registration be verified?
Yes, information submitted will be verified with the respective licensure board.