US (OK): Cannabis regulator is undergoing its biggest change yet

Oklahoma's cannabis regulator was busy last week working on the final implementation of a "seed-to-sale" tracking system, the latest major update as it prepares to be reformed as a standalone agency this fall.

The changes represent a watershed moment for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority's nearly four-year history. After launching in 2018, the agency struggled to keep up with the exploding industry that quickly boasted more dispensaries than any other state in the country and has been plagued with black market activity while also supporting over 380,000 licensed cardholders that regularly purchase more than $64 million of medical cannabis products monthly. 

Now under the guidance of its fourth executive director, the agency continues to expand its personnel and oversight duties.

Seed-to-sale, which went into effect Thursday, May 26, means every product sold to a consumer should theoretically be traceable back to its literal roots — a capability officials claim will create a safer and more legitimate industry. 

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