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Lawsuit alleges Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority violated public meeting laws

www.oklahoman.com August 4, 2021
Lawsuit alleges Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority violated public meeting laws

A new lawsuit alleges an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority board did not follow public meeting laws when it adopted emergency agency rules in June.

 The lawsuit filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court alleges the Food Safety Standards Board did not follow the state's Open Meeting Act when notifying the public of a special meeting.

Filed on behalf of two Oklahoma residents, the lawsuit says the board published an incomplete and "intentionally misleading" agenda and failed to give timely public notice of its June 16 meeting.

The Medical Marijuana Authority does not comment on pending litigation, spokeswoman Terri Watkins said in response.

 More:OU Health trying to strengthen nursing workforce amid shortage 'crisis'To ensure government actions don't take place behind closed doors, the Open Meeting Act outlines the steps public bodies must take to notify Oklahomans of upcoming meetings and what issues will be discussed.

The law requires at least 24-hour notice of all public meetings and prevents entities from taking action on issues without first notifying the public.

 The lawsuit alleges an agenda for June 16 was not publicly available 24 hours before the meeting and the agenda that materialized later was incomplete because it did not include details of amendments to the emergency rules that were up for consideration.

 The Secretary of State's office reported receiving a public notice for the meeting about 48 hours beforehand.

That notice was publicly posted on its website.

Ridiculous:Oklahoma cannabis patients, workers rally at state CapitolThe lawsuit criticizes that neither an agenda nor details of what would be discussed were included with the meeting notice.

It also alleges the agenda was not posted online.


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