Oklahoma to suspend issuance of marijuana business licenses for two years

OKLAHOMA CITY –

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority plans to suspend issuance of business licenses for two years under new state law.

State lawmakers passed HB 3208 last legislative session, which imposes the moratorium on licenses for producers, processors and dispensaries.

The pause “gives OMMA a chance to catch up with all the new rules that come out,” Sen. Lonnie Paxton, co-sponsor of the bill, told the Senate in May.

Trade license applications will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on August 26. OMMA originally said license applications would not be accepted after August 1, but the organization erred in interpreting the date of the bill creating the moratorium. The bill did not get enough votes in the Oklahoma Legislature to take effect until August 26, according to OMMA.

The moratorium will expire on August 1, 2024 or when OMMA Director Adria Berry chooses to lift it.

“It does not affect license transfers, it does not affect license renewals, and it does not affect patient licenses,” Berry said in a statement. social media video.

Lawmakers considered numerous changes to state marijuana laws in the last session, many aimed at strengthening law enforcement or raising the barrier to entry for businesses.

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In the years since the legalization of medical marijuana in 2018, Oklahoma has become known to some law enforcement officials as a major producer of illegal weed.

Related: Wild West Of Weed: Oklahoma Fights To Regulate Booming Medical Marijuana Industry

The number of licensed marijuana producers in Oklahoma in July was 7,348, a 23% increase from 2020.

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