US (OK): Cannabis top crop in OK, concerns on the rise

Over the last six to eight months, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) said Oklahoma has seen a huge influx of cannabis growers coming to the state, including both legal and criminal organizations.

Mark Woodward is the OBN public information officer and said he credits that to cheaper land prices, licensing and loose regulations in the state.

"They're trying to take advantage of this perfect storm where Oklahoma has cheaper land prices and some of the cheapest licensing in the country. We also have some loose regulations and so, some states like California and along the west coast where they've been paying tremendous amounts for land, the states have still been closed because of COVID and a number of other issues, both illegal and criminal organizations are saying pull up your stakes and get to Oklahoma and do it as quickly as you can," Woodward said.
 
Currently, Oklahoma has no laws to cap the total number of growers there can be in the state.

Read more at okcfox.com


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