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The Latest: Thousands apply for OK medical pot licenses

August 25, 2018

FILE - In this Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Zora Braun gestures to people as cars drive by a location where they can sign petitions in support of marijuana in Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City, Monday, July 30, 2018. The Oklahoma State Department of Health's online application system for medical marijuana licenses in the state will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma opening online application system for medical marijuana licenses (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

More than 1,600 people and businesses applied for Oklahoma medical marijuana licenses on the first day that applications were made available.

The online application system went live at 10 a.m. Saturday for all potential medical marijuana patients, businesses and caregivers.

Oklahoma State Department of Health spokesman Tony Sellars said that by Saturday evening, the agency had received 1,054 patient, 634 business and three caregiver applications.

Sellars also said the state collected $1.5 million in application fees on Saturday.

Officials awarded 23 licenses to patients Saturday to test the approval process and will resume approving applications Monday.

In June, voters approved a statewide ballot measure authorizing the use of medicinal cannabis in Oklahoma.

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3 p.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has started awarding medical marijuana patient licenses.

The online application system went live at 10 a.m. Saturday at www.OMMA.ok.gov for all potential medical marijuana patients, growers, dispensaries and caregivers.

Health Department spokesman Tony Sellars says that two hours after the site went live, the department had already received 569 patient applications.

Sellars said officials awarded 23 licenses to patients Saturday to test the approval process and will resume approving applications Monday.

The applications must be made online and cannot be submitted at state or county health offices. Residents needing computer access are encouraged to visit a public library or ask a friend or relative for access.

In June, voters approved a statewide ballot measure authorizing the use of medicinal cannabis in Oklahoma.

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This story has been corrected to show that the 569 patient applications came in two hours, not three.

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