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US (OK): Cannabis business owner says OMMA is denying due process in emergency shutdown

After a Delaware County cannabis-testing facility’s license was suspended due to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s citing a possible public health emergency, its owner says the state has denied due process for the lab to defend itself.

Genesis Testing Labs in Grove was making efforts to expand operations with a second facility when OMMA inspectors arrived at the new lab in April, owner Tony Brixey said. They refused to communicate with lab staff while documenting what Brixey said built a case that Genesis was operating illegally out of an unlicensed facility in Broken Arrow.

“It’s great they’re going after the bad actors. But I’m a good guy,” Brixey said in a Tulsa World interview. “I didn’t do anything wrong.” In a news release, the OMMA said more than 80 emergency orders of summary suspension have been issued so far this year. Among the reasons cited: large numbers of untagged cannabis plants, diversion of medical marijuana products, and sale of material that failed safety testing.
Brixey said Genesis requested an administrative hearing, as the statute allows, to discuss the inspection and the emergency suspension. He said he intended to show proof that Genesis staff members were conducting tests on tea leaves and Haribo gummy candies at the Broken Arrow lab — no products containing THC, as was alleged — while working toward its required accreditation.


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