This Week in Oklahoma Weed

Welcome to This Week in Oklahoma Weed, your one-stop-shop for the marijuana headlines that matter! The Happy Ogle does the dirty work for you. We cultivate the reliably happy cannabis news, so you can safeguard your last bit of hope that the world power structure (including two U.S. presidents) is actually not a soulless bunch of Epstein-Island pedophiles and rapists. Those beautiful young girls probably weren’t Trump’s ‘type,’ anyway…

Side effects: Medical community dealing with benefits, issues surrounding cannabis (The Oklahoman):
“As soon as State Question 788 passed in 2018, a team from OU Medicine went to work.

“We realized that we needed to have a structure around medical marijuana to educate providers and effectively respond to patients,” said Dr. Lynn Mitchell, chief medical officer of OU Physicians, the state’s largest physicians group.

What should those doctors tell patients seeking advice about cannabis as a treatment?…” – more –

Chart: Medical marijuana markets expanding at varying rates, with Oklahoma, Florida setting the pace (Marijuana Business Daily):

“Oklahoma is the fastest-growing medical marijuana market in the average number of daily patient increases, and MMJ patients represent 4.1% of the state’s total population – one of the highest rates in the nation. Growth is bolstered by low barriers of entry, including the fact there’s no list of qualifying conditions for patients…” – more –

Oklahoma prosecutor dismisses marijuana-trafficking charges (FOX 25):

“An Oklahoma prosecutor has dropped marijuana trafficking charges against two men who were arrested transporting a large shipment of industrial hemp that authorities say also included marijuana.

Osage County court records indicate charges were dismissed Tuesday against 30-year-old Andrew Ross and 31-year-old David Dirksen.

The security guards were arrested in January on a truck that was carrying legal hemp in Pawhuska , about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Tulsa. Police thought marijuana was inside despite paperwork saying the truck was carrying industrial hemp…” – more –

Side effects: Pot coloring the kettle corn green in budding culinary industry (The Oklahoman):

“Oklahoma’s culinary community is embracing new opportunities in the state’s fledgling cannabis market with varying degrees of commitment.

As it became clear momentum was moving toward passage of medical marijuana regulations, chefs, gourmets and food professionals moved quickly into development in divergent directions. Some have committed their careers to cannabis while others see it as an opportunity to diversify their income…” – more –

Co-founders of PAC that got medical marijuana on Oklahoma ballots close their dispensary, FlowerCraft (Tulsa World):

“Co-founders of a political action committee that got medical marijuana on Oklahoma voters’ ballots announced this week that they will close their dispensary.
Lauren Jenkins, co-owner of FlowerCraft dispensaries in Tulsa and Coweta, announced Wednesday that the business will close. Saturday is the last day for the Tulsa store, at 2606 S. Sheridan Road. The Coweta store has already closed…” – more –

In Oklahoma, cannabis billboards irk some (The Oklahoman):

“Earlier this summer along Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma, billboards advertising cannabis businesses upended a road trip game for one traveling Texas family, when Mom and Dad had to explain to their inquisitive kids what the signs were about.

A pit stop at a Marietta gas station didn’t provide relief. There, the parents had to explain the green, blue and black bongs, each made in the shape of a middle finger and for sale on a shelf…” – more –

Officials: Oklahoma received $2.5 million from medical marijuana taxes in July (KFOR):

“The numbers associated with Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry continue to grow.

Oklahoma cashed in on more than $2.5 million from medical marijuana taxes last month.

Experts say it has been a slow and steady progression since November, which is when prescription pot was legalized in our state.

Each month, the state has seen more money from medical marijuana than the previous month…” – more – 

Until next time, stay Happy, Oklahoma.

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