Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Oklahoma discloses medical marijuana licensee info, raises ‘security issues’ for MMJ firms

Some in Oklahoma’s medical cannabis industry are worried about the public disclosure of  licensed locations after a cannabis grower’s property was ransacked. Chip Paul, chairman of Oklahomans for Health, the group that spearheaded the voter-approved medical marijuana initiative that passed in June, told The Norman Transcript that the state’s online publication of the locations “creates […]

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Oklahoma banking officials warn banks about serving medical marijuana firms

Oklahoma banking officials are urging financial institutions to be cautious or even stay clear of the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry, dealing a potential setback to MMJ companies hoping to secure accounts with local banks or credit unions. Oklahoma banking commissioner Mick Thompson told a legislative working group that financial institutions must weigh the dangers […]

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Future medical marijuana dispensary glut in Oklahoma? Certainly looks like it

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received nearly 7,330 applications for patients and 600 applications for dispensary licenses, further evidence that the number of patients will be far too low to support all the state’s MMJ entrepreneurs. Here’s what the situation looks like right now: The ratio of medical marijuana patients to dispensaries would be […]

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Oklahoma names health official to oversee state’s medical marijuana program

Oklahoma health officials appointed an internal candidate to head up the state’s new Medical Marijuana Authority. Oklahoma State Department of Health Interim Commissioner Tom Bates announced Thursday that Adrienne Rollins will lead the division overseeing MMJ. Rollins has been with the agency since 2012 and has been working since April on implementing the program in […]

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Chart: Fiercely competitive medical cannabis industry emerging in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry is shaping up to be one of the most unique MMJ markets in the nation, with a large number of players vying for attention. Just three months after voters approved State Question 788 – a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma – regulators have awarded more than 1,100 business licenses […]

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Week in Review: OK medical cannabis licensing boom, DEA shifts on some CBD & New York allows MMJ as opioid alternative

Oklahoma approves more than 1,100 medical marijuana businesses, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moves certain CBD medicines off Schedule 1, and New York’s governor signs legislation allowing MMJ as an alternative to opioids. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oklahoma ‘free-for-all’ The numbers are mind-boggling: As of […]

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Bid to amend OK medical cannabis rules began before residents voted on initiative

Records show that attempts to amend Oklahoma’s medical marijuana law with rules that would have hampered the state’s MMJ market began weeks before residents even voted on the issue. The amendments – which were ultimately reversed by the Oklahoma Board of Health in August – would have banned smokable forms of marijuana and required dispensaries […]

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Oklahoma has OK’d more than 1,000 medical marijuana businesses

Oklahoma’s business-friendly medical cannabis law is seemingly coming to fruition: Regulators already have approved more than 1,100 business licenses with roughly 500 additional applications in the pipeline, according to a tweet by state officials Monday. That total comes less than a month since the state started taking applications Aug. 25. The ballot initiative approved by […]

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Week in Review: Long wait for Oregon rec cannabis permits, OK docs told no MMJ & New Jersey deluged by applicants

New recreational cannabis applicants in Oregon have to wait at least a year for a license, many Oklahoma doctors are told not to recommend medical marijuana, and New Jersey receives a flood of applications for MMJ licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oregon preps for license […]

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Many Oklahoma doctors won’t recommend medical marijuana

Oklahoma’s potential $100 million-$150 million medical marijuana program is facing a new hurdle that could hamper sales: Many doctors won’t be able to tell patients about their MMJ options. At least two health-care systems – Saint Francis Health System and Oklahoma State University Medical Center – have told their doctors not to make medical cannabis […]

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Hundreds of firms apply for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana launch

Since Oklahoma’s online system went live Saturday, the state already has received roughly 800 medical cannabis business applications to enter the potential $100 million-plus market. According to state officials, as of Monday morning the following number of applications for licenses had been submitted: 389 growers 118 processors 288 dispensaries In June, voters approved a statewide […]

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Ex-Oklahoma medical cannabis lawyer arraigned on alleged phony threats

A former Oklahoma State Department of Health attorney made her first court appearance during which a judge entered “not guilty” pleas on her behalf related to charges that she sent threatening emails to herself about the state’s new medical marijuana rules. Here’s what you need to know: Julie Ezell was arraigned this week before Special Judge […]

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