OKLAHOMA CITY —The vast numbers of Oklahomans applying to become medical marijuana entrepreneurs is stunning some industry insiders, raising concerns that state officials could soon be fighting the largest black market in the country.
“We’re on pace right now to out-license Colorado (commercially),” said Bud Scott, executive director of the medical marijuana trade group New Health Solutions Oklahoma.
With few emergency rules governing business regulations—and still no legislative action—experts say the State Department of Health, which is overseeing implementation, really has little authority to control or limit the number of commercial marijuana businesses. Unlike other states, Oklahoma officials are allowing outdoor commercial grows. They’re not limiting the number of commercial licenses, the number of plants or the square footage of a grow facility.
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