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«That’s so dumb, that’s all I can say,» she said, laughing. «It’s just the most Oklahoma thing.»
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Heater is managing the rollout of the state’s medical marijuana program and helped write the regulations. She says the outcome of the pregnancy test doesn’t matter even if a patient is pregnant, they can still get a medical marijuana cheap Canada Goose recommendation.
«There’s not a prohibition in the rules that would prevent a pregnant woman from receiving that medication,» she said. «That pregnancy test is simply meant to make sure that the physician and the patient are Canada Goose online informed of potential pregnancy and have a conversation about potential effects, and then determine that best course forward.»
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The rules don’t define what childbearing age is, which she said could lead to Canada Goose Outlet strange consequences. A woman may have to somehow prove to a doctor that she’s stopped menstruating due to menopause, for example, to avoid taking a pregnancy test she knows will be negative.
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«What about the people who are just not having sex? What about the women who are having sex with women? What about transgendered people what do you do for them?»
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buy canada goose jacket «What makes medical marijuana different from opioids, which we do prescribe without a pregnancy test and that we do know there are effects on fetal development,» she says. «That’s a very reasonable question that maybe the courts would have to decide on.» buy canada goose jacket
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«We don’t have all the answers, we don’t know exactly what cannabis does during pregnancy, but we know enough to be concerned,» Weiss said. «And when you’re talking about canada goose uk shop someone who is pregnant, you always want to be cautious.»But Christina Juris Bennett, the OU law professor, is concerned that the pregnancy test requirement will stay in place when permanent rulemaking begins.
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Two lawsuits have also been filed challenging the rules and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has promised to fight the pregnancy test requirement.