Some new state laws went into effect this month under the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

“I think when you get more heavy regulations and fines, and these things the lights going to come on for people,” said Randall Mitchell, the manager of Boss Bud. “Look, we need to really focus and read our compliance and understand our procedures.”

Mitchell has been in the Lawton area for just over a year. He comes from the Arizona market, where he said the regulations exceed Oklahoma’s tenfold. One of the new laws, Senate Bill 1704, requires all employees under a medical cannabis business to apply for a license under the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority by January 31.

An official with OMMA said in a statement they encourage anyone trying to get a credential to do so as soon as possible so there’s time for processing.