Oklahoma cannabis companies are going after the state to change the rules regarding business ownership
Due to a recent change in the requirements to run medical cannabis companies in Oklahoma, several Oklahoma companies have decided to sue the state. Lawmakers from Oklahoma passed a measure during their last session that implemented new industry residency requirements and other new rules that directly affect businesses that are already operating, and business owners aren’t happy. The lawsuit was filed against the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) so they can’t enforce this new measure that could take them out of business.
The plaintiffs’ attorney from Tulsa, Ron Durbin, is asking the judge to rule that the OMMA can’t deny a business license renewal for an operating business owner who doesn’t meet the two-year residency requirement or if the dispensary is located within 1,000 feet of a school or preschool. The lawsuit also asks the judge to force the regulatory agency to immediately renew any licenses that were rejected due to these measures.
Durbin actually has extensive experience in the matter, as he was the attorney who helped the medical cannabis industry write the reform bill that was vetoed by Governor Kevin Stitt. In this bill, a provision was included for delivery service that would have adapted the residency requirements allowing dispensaries to stay in the current location, even if located near a school. The lawsuit added that these rules adopted by the OMMA, which were never included in the referendum, allowed dispensaries to have those locations; therefore, they should not have to move their businesses.
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, there are 282,511 patients in the state. It is one of the fastest-growing in the country with $275 million in sales so far this year.