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  The Oklahoma Dept. of Health reports that about 800 new business license applications were submitted over the weekend. This includes growers, processors, and dispensaries of medical marijuana.  Interim state Health Dept. Director, Tom Bates; expects that number to increase by another 150% over the first year of implementation of Oklah0ma’s medical marijuana statutes. The Black Market Squeeze    To get the full perspective of marijuana commerce […]

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Sooner Politics:  Marijuana Business Startups Pay State $1.8 Million In 1st Day of Licensing

  The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority(OMMA) reports brisk online application traffic to their website in the first 23 hours of operations. 729 total business groups or proprietors presented their business plans and requested operational licenses. Growers were the biggest classification of  Medical Marijuana Businesses(MMB) that were processed in to the OMMA’s database for review and granting of 1 year licenses. Each MMB application costs $2500.   The growing of…

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  The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), a division of the Oklahoma Health Dept., reported nearly 1000 applications were submitted, in the first 2 hours, saturday morning.As of noon, we have received 569 patient, 2 caregiver, 122 dispensary, 194 grower and 42 processor applications— Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (@OMMAOK) August 25, 2018  The OMMA’s twitter feed became the top source of clarification for patients and other interested Oklahomans who still don’t quite …

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Sooner Politics:  Cannabis Medicine Gains Support From Physicians

Over the past few weeks many physician clinics throughout the state have seen an increase of contacts from their patients.  The reason for many of the visits is the new options for care with cannabis meds. This Saturday the state will begin issuing licenses for patients whose doctors are recommending one of the many newly legalized cannabis medicines that soon available.   The license will be valid for 2 years and will be renewable as needed.  Most clinics are quietly…

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One of my many privileges in civic activism is the opportunity to meet so many fine Oklahomans.  One of the most selfless and giving men I’ve met in Oklahoma politics is Darren Gantz.   Thus, his yard sign was the first to get a spot in my front lawn.  Here’s why I support this diligent and dedicated man.  He builds the community and brings the county together. As  volunteer in his party, Darren has spent a great deal of time finding and […]

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  In the extremely long campaign for Oklahoma’s 1st District Congressman, Republicans are still making choices. In fact, over 43% of the voters did NOT select either Hern of Harris. So this runoff is wide open. the past 8 weeks were full of intense research for those who take their civic duty seriously.   I spoke with both men from time to time over several years. I consider them both to be solidly competent. I believe Harris has spent too much of […]

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Sooner Politics:  Oklahoma Ranks 44th For Personal Freedoms

  Sorry, Boomer… You’re not personally very free and your govt. is making you even less free. You’re at #44 and dropping! The CATO Institute ranks all 50 states on several facets of freedom every year. While Oklahoma seems very favorable to economic and religious freedom,, the state clamps down severely on the more fundamental and personal manifestations of human existence. Their data is a few years behind, but we don’t see the recent data as anything close to ‘turning a corner’.​&…

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Sooner Politics:  This Week, Cannabis Licensing Begins

  Throughout August, thousands of Oklahomans will be discussing with their doctors about a new option in maintenance medications. On Saturday there will be heavy web traffic at the OMMA website, from hopeful and hurting patients. This is the week when ordinary citizens can present their medical credentials to the state and be licensed to treat medical conditions with medical marijuana products.  Interim Director Tom Bates says that the OMMA expects 78,000 patients to seek license…

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  The Drug Policy Reform Network has released a new legislative proposal that seeks to build on the consensus of all concerns for cannabis medicine policy and accessibility.  The CARE Act attempts to stay true to the framework of SQ788 while providing a ‘fleshed out’ framework for medical professionals, public health agencies, and public safety policies.​  Here’s a press statement from the Drug Policy Reform Network;  The CARE Act identifies and solves t…

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  The Oklahoma Dept. of Health is holding a 2-day meeting regarding the food safety standards and the application of these standards to medical marijuana products.  This appears to be more of a conference than a business meeting and the agenda posted below will help explain why we characterize it as such. Oklahoma State Department of Health1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117Food Safety Standards Board Meeting August 14, 2018 9:00am – 5:0 […]

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