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US (OK): Fraudulently licensed cannabis grows may soon plateau, state narcotics bureau spokesman says

The number of fraudulently licensed marijuana-growing operations may soon decrease, an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Mark Woodward, the OBN’s public information officer, told a state House of Representatives committee he expects hundreds of OBN grower licenses will be rejected for renewal or allowed to expire in the coming months.

“A lot of these folks will not be back,” Woodward said. “Their whole intent was to get what they call a burner license — get it, grow, profit, and get out of here. “Some of them will come back,” he said. “They’ll try. But it will be difficult for them to get past the 75% ownership requirement.”
Under state law, at least 75% of a medical marijuana business must be owned by Oklahoma residents for it to be licensed. The past year, though, has seen a flood of new grow license applications, many of which seem to originate from other states and even other countries, officials say.


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