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Oklahoma’s Strict Enforcement: Marijuana Facilities Face License Revocation Over Signage Violations

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Last week, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority announced the filing of 165 petitions for revocation against licensed grow facilities that have failed to adhere to the signage requirements outlined in Senate Bill 1737, effective since November 1, 2022. According to the law, all commercial growers must display signage at their property's perimeter, meeting specific criteria such as dimensions (18 inches by 24 inches), standardized black font (at least two inches tall) on a white background, and inclusion of business details like name, physical address, phone number, and authority license number. Failure to install the required signage within 60 days of each medical marijuana commercial grower license renewal results in immediate license revocation. Those in violation have the opportunity to present their case before an administrative law judge to argue against license revocation. The agency commended businesses in compliance and disclosed that, over the past year, their efforts included nearly 7,000 inspections, 4,600 operational status visits, the seizure of nearly five tons of illicit cannabis, and the embargo of around 3,000 pounds of cannabis and nearly 71,200 plants. The agency also reported assisting law enforcement statewide over 114 times, which involved executing 13 search warrants, making one arrest, and visiting 65 locations.

Last month, the state executed a similar crackdown  particularly targeting dispensaries that flouted purchase limits with substantial fines. Authorities fined 161 dispensaries, with penalties ranging from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, for allegedly surpassing the single-transaction purchase limit set for patients. In a bid to uphold market integrity and prevent unauthorized use or distribution, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) filed petitions against these establishments. Of the 161 cases, 39 are seeking fines and license revocations, while 122 are pursuing fines. The alleged violations focus on the single-transaction purchase limit of 84 grams, or three ounces, as stipulated by regulations. The fines have imposed significant financial strains on dispensary owners, with penalties ranging from $5,000 to a substantial $30,000 for an entrepreneur overseeing three separate dispensaries. These infractions were reported to have occurred between January and May of the current year, highlighting the state's commitment to enforcing regulations in the burgeoning cannabis market.

 


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