Oklahoma Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Pause Medical Cannabis Business Licensing
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Oklahoma Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Pause Medical Cannabis Business Licensing

Rep. Rusty Cornwell’s legislation would allow the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to implement a moratorium on licenses as the agency deems necessary.

January 25, 2022

An Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow regulators to pause medical cannabis business licensing, according to a Tulsa World report.

Rep. Rusty Cornwell (R-Vinita) has filed House Bill 3208 to give the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) the power to implement a moratorium on licenses as the agency deems necessary.

“Since 2018, Oklahoma has seen a huge number of commercial medical marijuana grows and facilities flooding into our communities,” Cornwell told Tulsa World. “In the initial rush to roll out a system for granting commercial licenses, we’ve failed to enforce their compliance with state law. House Bill 3208 would temporarily pause the issuance of commercial licenses so that we can confirm current operations are complying with the law.”

The legislation would also prohibit the transfer of cannabis business licenses or the sale of facilities if the existing license or facility has a current violation, according to the news outlet.

Oklahoma’s 2022 legislation session kicks off Feb. 7.