Large-ranging laws that took impact in Oklahoma this week included a two-year extension of the state’s moratorium on issuing licenses to new medical marijuana companies.
Home Invoice 2095, which was signed into regulation in Could by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, extends the MMJ licensing moratorium from Aug. 1, 2024, to Aug. 1, 2026.
The laws additionally grants the Oklahoma legal professional basic’s workplace, the Bureau of Narcotics and Harmful Medicine Management and the state’s Bureau of Investigation authority over MMJ regulation enforcement.
State investigators have shuttered lots of of unlawful develop operations since voters in 2018 accredited an open-market MMJ program, together with no caps on the variety of enterprise licenses.
Prior to now yr, state regulators and regulation enforcement businesses have investigated practically 3,000 farms, in line with Oklahoma Metropolis TV station KOKH.
Lots of them didn’t renew their licenses.
There have been fewer than 3,800 licensed growers in Oklahoma on Nov. 1, down from 6,675 registered cultivators in Could and a peak of roughly 9,400 growers in early 2021, in line with KOKH and MJBizDaily reporting.
Underneath HB 2095, a grower knowingly using undocumented immigrants might withstand a yr in jail and a $500 high quality in addition to lose its license, KOKH reported.