The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) made two arrests after an inspection at a licensed grow facility revealed thousands of untagged cannabis plants.
OMMA Inspectors found more than 4,600 cannabis plants and more than 470 pounds of harvested cannabis flower and buds not reported in the state inventory tracking system as mandated by law.
The call to action came through OMMA's dedicated line for law enforcement, leading to an investigation and arrest.
"This is another example of our commitment to uproot those operating criminally from our medical market," said OMMA Executive Director Adria Berry. "Let this serve as a reminder that we will continue our goal to regulate a safe and fair industry through action like this, ensuring bad actors are held accountable."
Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond added, "Thanks to the outstanding work by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, this business' illegal activity has been shut down. The continued collaboration between our state's law enforcement agencies is tackling illegal grow operations head-on and restoring safety in our communities."
OMMA filed an Emergency Order of Summary Suspension, Embargo, and Seizure in administrative court on July 25 that immediately shut down Green Panda Cultivation Inc. (GAAA-EKIE-TFZY), pending further litigation.
According to the order:
- On July 24-25, OMMA conducted an inspection at Green Panda Cultivation Inc.
- OMMA inspectors discovered 4,618 untagged medical cannabis plants in various places throughout the facility.
- OMMA inspectors found 15 55-gallon trash bags of untagged harvested medical cannabis flowers and buds.
- Some cannabis within the 55-gallon trash bags was contained in smaller sealed bags.
The individuals in this case have been indicted and formally charged with drug trafficking, among other crimes.