A caregiver is an individual legally permitted to assist a medical marijuana patient with the purchase, application, and administration of medical marijuana. Therefore, caregivers in Oklahoma can lawfully purchase, hold, grow, deliver, and administer medical marijuana to patients associated with them. A caregiver can be designated by a minor patient or the patient's parent or legal guardian. Adults who are severely ill and cannot visit medical cannabis dispensaries may also designate caregivers to help buy and administer medical marijuana.
Note that the authorization granted to caregivers does not permit them to use medical marijuana products obtained from approved dispensaries for themselves. Also, they are prohibited from indiscriminately providing caregiving services to other medical marijuana patients. A licensed caregiver may be designated by up to five licensed patients under the Oklahoma medical marijuana program. A licensed adult patient may only designate one caregiver, while licensed minor patients can designate up to two caregivers.
The first step in becoming a medical marijuana caregiver is for the patient designating you as a caregiver to obtain a physician's recommendation stating and approving the need for a caregiver. Upon receiving the recommendation, you may begin the caregiver application process by creating an account using a valid email address on the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) application portal. Upon creating an account, you may complete the registration online on the OMMA portal. The following will be required before completing the application:
You are not required to pay a fee to complete a caregiver registration in Oklahoma. It may take up to 14 business days for your application to be reviewed. Upon approval, the caregiver card will be mailed to the address stated on your account on the OMMA registration portal. For more information on becoming a medical marijuana caregiver in Oklahoma, visit the application help page on the OMMA website or call the OMMA call center at (405) 522-6662.
Oklahoma defers the choice of caregivers to qualified patients as theDepartment of Health (DOH) does not maintain a registry for eligible and potential medical marijuana caregivers. The state only issues caregiver licenses to family members or assistants who regularly care for medical marijuana patients for whom they intend to apply as caregivers.
A licensed medical marijuana caregiver in Oklahoma can possess up to:
Pursuant to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, patient and caregiver possession limits are considered cumulative. Hence, either caregiver or the associated parent may possess these limits. That is, it is legal for a caregiver to possess 3 ounces of usable marijuana, 1 ounce of concentrates, and 72 ounces of marijuana edibles simultaneously. A caregiver may grow marijuana on behalf of up to five medical marijuana patients.
Designated caregivers can grow up to six mature marijuana plants and six seedlings (immature marijuana plants). Pursuant to SQ 788, which legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma, marijuana grow areas must be inaccessible to minors and the general public. They must not be in plain view of streets adjacent to the growing areas. Marijuana growing must be done on private properties or rented properties with the consent of their owners.