I hope this correspondence finds you well. Senator Leewright, I think my first email to you. Senator McCortney has seen a few from me as has Senator Daniels.
I think that we can all agree that we have a situation that needs to be dealt with concerning the lack of enforcement of medical marijuana commercial licensing. Did you know that the medical marijuana commercial license is the ONLY license the OMMA/Health awards without first doing an inspection? Most license holders have never been inspected. This is unacceptable after two years of operation and is literally a CALLING CARD to black market and forgeign operators. They can set up in a county, easily get compliance, and start operating with never a worry of a door knock.
Rep West has attempted to address this situation with a license cap. That is a bad idea. The free market approach we have taken is the talk of the nation. I get interviewed nationally weekly and the marque question is always around the free market and allows ANY Oklahoma a chance to get licensed commercially should they choose to do so. These free market principals only work with enforcement. While I know several of you struggle with the marijuana issue, this is something Oklahoma clearly wants and clearly wants to be able to access as a commercial opportunity. Stifling the free market aspects will alter the program dramatically.
I would ask that you all consider altering or tabling HB2272. Let’s address the REAL problem which is enforcement not licensing.
Executive Director for OK4U Approved