Law enforcement in Oklahoma’s marijuana industry could change drastically in 2022. Here’s why. | Cannabis in Oklahoma
There is currently no legal ability for OMMA to conduct trade inspections before issuing a license, which Berry said she is asking lawmakers to change.
“If you think of a restaurant or a hair salon or anywhere like that that serves people, or even agricultural farms, there is always a pre-licensing inspection,” she said. .
It will take legislative action in the state Capitol to achieve this, and the idea is already circulating among lawmakers.
One of the most vocal lawmakers on cannabis issues is State Rep. Scott Fetgatter, who said he always hears his constituents’ concerns about the proliferation of grow operations and the frequency with which organizations criminals take advantage of it.
State investigators received information about each county’s illegal marijuana operations, and in June alone, several high-profile raids uncovered thousands of plants worth tens of millions of dollars, as well as dozens of workers who were paid little or no money while working in poor conditions.
With more inspections and the implementation of a seed-to-sale tracking system that is currently stalled in the district court, these concerns could be alleviated.
It’s been a long time coming: Oklahoma picked up the tracking system, operated by a company called Metrc, 16 months ago. Court challenges claimed that the state had mis-selected Metrc and thwarted the competition.