Oklahoma medical cannabis growers could face legal hurdle in obtaining seed

Cultivators selected for Oklahoma’s emerging medical marijuana industry may face a challenge in starting up operations, particularly when it comes to obtaining seed.

Since marijuana products are prohibited by federal law from crossing state lines, some are wondering how growers are going to get seed to make the tight program deadlines, the CHNI news service reported.

Under a ballot initiative approved by voters last week, the state must begin to accept license applications within 30 days.

“There has to be an exception to get that initial seed into the state, correct, but we’ll work that out and get that into our language,” Tom Bates, interim commissioner of the state Department of Health, told CHNI.

Bates’ agency has been drafting emergency rules to regulate Oklahoma’s MMJ industry.

Marijuana Business Daily projects Oklahoma’s MMJ market, if it stands in its current form, could generate $100 million-$150 million annually within several years of the launch.

5 comments on “Oklahoma medical cannabis growers could face legal hurdle in obtaining seed
  1. Patient Patient on

    Bates is worried about where the first seeds are going to come from because bringing seeds across state lines is federally illegal?!

    Seriously?

    Does he not realize that marijuana itself is federally illegal?!

    The good news is that the Feds simply don’t care about state-legal medical marijuana nor do they care about the tens of thousands of Dutch cannabis seeds that go through customs every day or the ones that are shipped via USPS from state to state.

    Every one of the 30+ medical marijuana states has a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about where the first seeds & plants come from, then it’s strict monitoring thereafter. Still, useful strains in one state soon become popular in others as well, yet the Feds don’t raid.

    Bates & other handwringers like himself need to relax & stay focused on the real issues at hand.

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  2. Patient Patient on

    One mustn’t forget as the issue of “first seeds” arises that the federal Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prevents the Feds from enforcing all federal marijuana laws in Oklahoma as they apply to medical marijuana & literally the “implementation” of such programs & laws.

    “SEC. 538. None of the funds made available under this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

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  3. Kiowamaster on

    Creating problems where problems do not and should not exist to simply place burden on positive forward progress. Anyone in office or a position of authority that doesn’t not want to give the people what they want or who takes frivolous actions to deter the positive forward flow of legal marijuana whether it be medicalnor recreation or both, should be viewed as TOXIC and removed from the picture.

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  4. Kiowamaster on

    Creating problems where problems do not and should not exist to simply place burden on positive forward progress. Anyone in office or a position of authority that doesn’t not want to give the people what they want or who takes frivolous actions to deter the positive forward flow of legal marijuana whether it be medical or recreational or both, should be viewed as TOXIC and removed from the picture.

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  5. Johnathan Aluitious Hempseed Da III on

    Where is Marc Emory ? Is he free? Maybe they could place an order with a Dutch Seed Co. or Canadian for that matter and just wait for the mail! peace

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