Oklahoma

Thu
13
Jan

Oklahoma lawmaker hopes to tighten medical marijuana regulation

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Oklahoma needs to move on from the “Wild West” that emerged with legalization of medical marijuana by strengthening regulation of the industry, a state lawmaker said.

State Rep. Sean Roberts, a Republican from Hominy, said Wednesday that he’ll introduce legislation this year to modify both the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act and Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Waste Management Act. Goals are to cut down on illegal cultivation of marijuana and to address rising influences of “foreign actors” on state interests.

Fri
07
Jan

Second petition filed to legalize recreational cannabis in Oklahoma

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Oklahomans could see on the ballot this year competing state questions to legalize recreational marijuana. 

A second initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana use in Oklahoma for anyone 21 years or older was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state's office.

Campaign spokeswoman Michelle Tilley said this measure is a new version of a recreational cannabis initiative petition she helped with two years ago. That petition, State Question 807, didn't make it on the statewide ballot partly because the start of the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to collect signatures. 

"This is an effort that started several years ago but has grown," she said.

Fri
10
Dec

Moonshine stills and a marijuana grow found after Wednesday’s Harrah standoff, negotiator describes sequence of events

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Oklahoma County authorities found two moonshine stills and a marijuana grow in the home of a Harrah man after a four-hour standoff Wednesday afternoon.

The negotiator KFOR spoke with, Michael Davenport, said the call started out as a suicidal person. After some time on the phone with the man, it came to a peaceful end.

“I don’t know if he’s a good guy, bad guy or any other guy, he’s a person in crisis and he needs some help and we’re all human beings,” said Davenport, a 10-year veteran negotiator with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Thu
02
Dec

Man rescued from illegal marijuana facility 3 months after kidnapping, Oklahoma cops say

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As deputies went to investigate a fight in rural Oklahoma, they said a man was found being held against his will for three months at an illegal marijuana operation, according to media reports. It led to charges against three individuals, who Garvin County officials say would not let the victim leave on his own. “He claimed to fear for his life,” Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett told the Pauls Valley Democrat. “He claimed they had kidnapped him and forced him to keep working.” Several people called 911 on Nov. 29 about a man being dragged on the road in Elmore City, which is about 65 miles south of Oklahoma City, according to KWTV. The victim was trying to escape the facility with a bag of personal items, KXII reported.

Thu
02
Dec

3 Arrested At Marijuana Grow Operation After Garvin Co. Deputies Received Reports Of Person Being Dragged On Road

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Three employees at a Garvin County marijuana grow operation, later determined illegal, were arrested after dragging an employee on a rural road.

Xiaobing Chen, 34, Xuechun Ruan, 22, and Quan Zhao, 25, were arrested Monday by deputies at the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.

Just after 5 p.m. Monday, deputies were dispatched to a home in the in the 27000 block of East County Road 1650 after receiving multiple 911 calls a man was being dragged on the road.

“We’ve got some guys in our yard fighting,” one caller told dispatchers. “We need help now!”

“They’re in the middle of the road, they’re fussin’,” another called said to dispatchers. “They’re trying to drag him back in the yard.”

Fri
12
Nov

Inside the Rise — and Surprising Crackdown — of the Country's Hottest Weed Market

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In a deep-red state that became the nation’s hottest marijuana market, keeping regulations to a minimum didn’t keep the bad guys out.

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. — Shortly after sunrise on July 22, a dozen or so police officers from across Oklahoma descended on a property about 15 miles north of the Texas border. They moved past the fence with the “No Trespassing” signs and the pink building with the aluminum roof toward a collection of hoop houses. They didn’t know much about the occupants, although the cops strongly suspected they were of Chinese descent.

Wed
03
Nov

Medical marijuana emergency rules in effect as 'analogue' products go unregulated

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The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority continues to stay busy accommodating new licensed businesses, addressing a growing trend of THC "analogs" on dispensary shelves and adapting to new emergency rules now in effect, agency Director Adria Berry said Tuesday.  

The additional rules became active on Monday, with an intention to give the authority more power to act and enforce its own rules while also adding clarifications for operators from how long records must be kept to requirements for packaging of pre-rolled joints. 

Outside of the emergency rules, which are now in the public comment period and on track to become permanent in the next year, the authority has made 30 hires in the past month, filling 12 inspector positions. 

Thu
21
Oct

Advisory issued after chemically-altered THC found in medical marijuana

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The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority issued a patient advisory recently after confirming the presence of THC analogs, including THC-O-acetate, in a rising number of medical marijuana products.  

According to the OMMA, the manufactured THC compound is not a medical marijuana product and has been shown to be harmful when added to products already containing THC. Side effects can include seizures, difficulty speaking and vomiting.  

Metis, the OMMA’s quality assurance lab, is monitoring for the presence of this chemical compound in a concentrate known as Platinum OG Sugar in surveillance samples.

Kelsey Pagonis, OMMA communications manager, said that THC-O-acetate can be one to three times as potent as naturally occurring THC. 

Tue
19
Oct

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority releases patient advisory after batch of pot tests positive for potentially dangerous compound

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The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, or OMMA, released a patient advisory Monday for the state when a specific batch of pot came back positive for the compound THC-O-acetate.

In their release acting as a “smoke signal”, the governing agency said it’s a combination that could prove dangerous.

They are now looking into how it got into the batch and how many batches it’s gotten into.

“Anyone should always take an advisory from OMMA seriously when it relates to consumer safety,” said Jed Green, director of Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action.

The situation all started when the OMMA received a complaint from a patient who had a bad experience on the green.

Thu
30
Sep

Illegal activity in medical marijuana industry discussed at hearing

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Illegal activity within the medical marijuana industry was among the topics discussed at the recent interim study hearing at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

"This is very near and dear to my heart in Northwest Oklahoma," District Attorney Chris Boring shared. "It's bad. I hope that you guys can find some solutions and help us deal with this problem."

Lori Carter, deputy attorney general for public policy, presented information regarding the prosecution of illegal activities within the medical marijuana industry.

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