Oklahoma

Mon
20
Jan

How Recreational Is Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Market?

Welcome to the wild west of weed.

Eighteen months after Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana, the state is awash in cannabis retail shops. One in 13 adult Oklahomans has a patient card. With no qualifying medical conditions required, patients are finding it easy to get approval, with consultations sometimes just a video call away.

A price war has broken out on the retail side, with intense competition among more than 2,200 licensed dispensaries across the state. Some sit on the same block of a city street. Oklahoma leads the nation in per-capita dispensaries in medical marijuana states, with 56 per 100,000 residents. Retail sales topped $345 million in 2019, and state tax revenue was $55 million, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Thu
16
Jan

Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?

Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. 

But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma.

Thu
09
Jan

Can We Blame Senate Republicans for Dispensary Robberies Now?

The effort to get banking access for legal cannabis businesses seems to have lost the wind in its sails for a moment, and while we wait for a new breeze in Congress, a wave of crime is targeting the legal cannabis industry’s fat stacks of cash.

Tue
17
Dec

Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

An initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana use for Oklahomans ages 21 and older was quietly filed with the secretary of state’s office Thursday.

The 14-page petition seeks to amend Oklahoma’s constitution to legalize recreational marijuana for most residents and impose a 15% excise tax on recreational cannabis.

The measure also includes a provision to nullify many prior drug convictions, which could make waves in Oklahoma's criminal justice system.

Thu
12
Dec

Oklahoma Law Would Fast-Track Medical Marijuana Licenses For Terminally Ill Patients

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a new law that would expedite the process for terminally ill patients to obtain a license to use medical marijuana. Under a bill introduced by Republican state Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority would have up to five days to issue medical marijuana identification cards to qualified terminally ill patients.

“I find the areas in which we can really help people with the medical marijuana, and one of those is end of life,” said Standridge.

Fri
18
Oct

Mandatory testing now required for medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma

The content of your weed could be a lot more than just THC.

News 4 went to the labs responsible for testing medical marijuana in Oklahoma and found out some distributors in the industry are skimping on their safety procedures.

Just drive down North May Avenue and you can't look left or right without seeing a medical marijuana dispensary.

Some are even calling it "The Green Mile."

But are the products you're buying safe?

The industry was unregulated in Oklahoma until the Unity Bill went into effect recently, making safety testing at licensed labs mandatory.

"We're talking about $40 a pound," Wendy Hampton, CEO at Express Toxicology Services, said.

Their Edmond facility mostly tests marijuana sent to them by growers and processors.

Tue
01
Oct

How far can medical marijuana advertising go? State panel to study issue

Lawmakers next month are expected to study advertising for medical marijuana.

The interim study was requested by Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, who said constituents had called for the study.

“I had four constituents give me a call very concerned with the billboards,” Townley said. “Some of them are a little — let’s just say they don’t indicate they are for medical marijuana. It is more of a recreational-type billboard.”

Oklahoma voters on June 26, 2018, voted to legalize medical marijuana. State Question 788 passed by nearly 57% after enough signatures were gathered to put the measure on the ballot.

Wed
18
Sep

Medical cannabis: New State Law in Oklahoma

Cannabis laws are very clear in Oklahoma. The state legalized medical cannabis in October 2018. Since then, the medical marijuana industry has boomed in Oklahoma. Notably, the industry has brought in more consumers, growers, dispensers, processors, tax revenues, and patients in the state. However, there are some challenges. A new medical marijuana law hit Oklahoma. Let’s discuss the changes.

Mon
02
Sep

Expanded protections for Oklahoma cannabis patients take effect

Legislation takes effect Friday expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients.

Wed
28
Aug

Oklahoma: Expanded protections for cannabis patients to take effect

Legislation will take effect next week expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients.

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