US (OK): 'One person surrendered almost 300' medical cannabis licenses, lawmakers are told

An interim legislative study on the relationship between medical cannabis producers and others in the state’s agriculture industry revealed the extent to which the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is involved in compliance enforcement efforts.

Showing lawmakers an Oklahoma state map filled with green dots, each one a reported business site, bureau spokesman Mark Woodward said last week that the agency has at least 8,300 cannabis-related manufacturing license applications and 2,300 distributor license applications on file. “If each one of these were Chick-Fil-As, we would not be able to sustain them,” Woodward said, pointing to Oklahoma County. “We’re not naïve enough to think that every bit of this cannabis is going to the legitimate market. But there’s tricks to figure out who’s legitimate and who’s not.”
He said the bureau denied approval of 401 business licenses in July based on evidence indicating that they had what he described as the “criminal business structure” of “ghost owners” to bypass the two-year residency rule in state law.

Woodward declined Wednesday to disclose who had applied for those licenses or which businesses were affected, “as this is still being processed at this time.” But he told lawmakers last week: “We’ve already got one person who surrendered almost 300 licenses” after realizing the gravity of the situation.


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