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US (OK): Regulation of MMJ frustrates growers, lawmakers

Frustrated by years of gridlock over cannabis regulation, a newly formed cannabis advocacy group wants to enshrine new cannabis regulations into the state Constitution.

“The legislative process has, to the degree that we needed, been a fail,” said Jed Green, director of Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, as he announced plans to launch a ballot measure that would, among other things, make Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) a stand-alone state agency.

While some lawmakers oppose another ballot effort that attempts to circumvent their authority, Green said voters expected lawmakers to flesh out the state’s medicinal cannabis rules after they passed State Question 788 in 2018.

Instead, Green said years of gridlock, neglect, and enforcement and regulatory inaction have created an out-of-control, billion-dollar industry that is threatened by illegal growers who are stressing rural water supplies and electrical grids. The last comprehensive regulatory attempt failed after a veto from Gov. Kevin Stitt, and state senators have rebuffed subsequent efforts, he said.


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