The Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to hear arguments challenging a new law that significantly raises fees for medical cannabis operators.
Filed in late June, the petition will now be sent to district court in Oklahoma County, The Oklahoman reported.
The petition – filed by Jeb Green, founder of Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, as well as the Bingo 101, Oklahoma Natural Cures and Pharside dispensaries – claims the new fee structure violates the state constitution and is a “revenue-raising tax disguised as a fee.”
The challenge also alleges the bill wasn’t passed through the three-fourths majority required by state law and its approval came within the last five days of the legislative session.
Oklahoma law prohibits lawmakers from passing revenue-generating bills during the last five days of a legislative session.
The state attorney general’s office argued the bill was not a revenue generator subject to constitutional
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