Oklahoma’s War on Illegal Marijuana Grows
Oklahoma’s battle against illegal marijuana grows has seen significant progress, according to two state agencies. The number of active growers in the state has dropped from 9,400 to 3,200, with a drastic reduction in criminal grows. The authorities are committed to addressing the criminal elements attempting to establish themselves in our state.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) recently released drone footage that showcased their efforts in busting another illegal grow operation, this time in Mays County. This criminal syndicate had ties to the East Coast, highlighting the extent of the illegal marijuana trade.
Cracking Down on Licensed Growers
In addition to the OBN’s efforts, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) is also taking action against licensed marijuana grow businesses that fail to comply with a signage law implemented last year. OMMA has filed petitions to revoke licenses from 165 marijuana growers in the state.
The signage law is specific and requires state growers to have 18 by 24 inch signs with readable black text on a white background. These signs must include the business name, address, phone number, OMMA license number, and OBN registration number. Furthermore, the signs must be posted around the perimeter of the property and visible from the road.
Challenges Faced by Legitimate Growers
Many legitimate growers have found themselves facing license revocation due to alleged violations of the sign law. According to Oklahoma cannabis business attorney Jesse Kovacs, their firm has received numerous calls from growers who believed they were in compliance but had their licenses revoked.
An example cited by Kovacs is a client whose sign had a black background with white text, which was deemed non-compliant. These growers are now grappling with the consequences of their revoked licenses.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority addressed the issue, asserting that they are simply enforcing the law. They emphasize that when the grow signage bill was passed, it was clear that licenses would be revoked for non-compliance.
December will see hearings for the growers at risk of losing their licenses, providing them with an opportunity to present their cases and potentially regain compliance. In the meantime, the OBN continues its efforts against the black market, having made over 200 arrests and seized more than half a million pounds of marijuana since 2021.
If you are a marijuana grower in Oklahoma facing challenges or have concerns about compliance, we are here to help. Contact us for a free consultation. Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to assisting you in navigating the legal landscape and protecting your business.