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"Growing these plants takes me back to my roots"

Cannabis growers and law enforcement say there's a boom happening in the Sooner State. 

Oklahoma residents voted to legalize medical cannabis in June of 2018. Since then, there's been an increasing number of licensed cannabis growers there. 

The sky seems to be the limit for many legal factors associated with growing Oklahoma cannabis.

"A year ago, growing cannabis at this scale, it basically would've meant a life sentence in jail," said Jim Grimm, owner of Evergreen Wellness in Fairland, a medical cannabis dispensary. He also grows it.

"The startup cost to facilitate out a grow is about $30,000 to $40,000 a room. So, this room was a $30,000 room by the time we added air conditioning, the high intensity lighting, we did the benches, we’ve added fans, we’ve added dehumidifiers.”

Grimm uses three rooms to grow cannabis, one for each state of the plant's life. He's been growing at this facility since January.

For Grimm, growing these plants takes him back to his roots, “Started a landscaping company in Stillwater. Did that for three years and took early retirement six years ago. Enjoyed the lake, enjoyed traveling. Started becoming an activist.”
He now has ten workers taking care of $75,000 worth of cannabis.


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