• Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

Wellness-associated marijuana firms hurt by license renewal delays


Mar 17, 2023

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The shelves at Preme Cannabis Corporation in no way have the selection they utilised to.

It is not that James Walker, owner of Preme Cannabis Co., hasn’t wanted to invest in the resolution, it is that he hasn’t been permitted to offered that January.

“Some issue has to be completed. I imply, we can not preserve the doors open like this,” Walker stated.

He has been in the well being-associated marijuana tiny business enterprise for three years.

Walker stated till not also extended ago, people could apply to renew their license prior to it expired and could preserve buying for the resolution while the Oklahoma Wellness-associated Marijuana Authority did the paperwork for the new license, a process that can take months.

Now, that process has changed.

“Metrc does not let the dispensaries or the growers to sell unless their license is active,” Walker stated.

Metrc is a business enterprise contracted by the state to preserve track of transactions in the marijuana business enterprise for the OMMA.

“So it is OMMA’s scenario with the license, and then Metrc just cutting people of willy nilly when they pick to, so there’s not, there’s no communication in among OMMA and Metrc on how they want to deal with these scenarios,” stated lawyer Ronald Durbin II.

Lawyer Durbin is familiar with the business enterprise.

“The problem is, let’s say you have a renewal that is due appropriate now and I submit the renewal. Nicely, the minute that my license time expires, let’s say it expires in ten days, I’m nonetheless excellent bring about my renewal’s in. But what OMMA is going to show is that your license is expired till they definitely approve your renewal. That could be 30, 45, 90 days, and till then, Metrc sees you as inactive on OMMA approach and stops you from becoming in a position to make use of the approach,” Durbin stated.

For Walker, this adjust has triggered a lot a lot more stress for him.

News Channel eight requested an interview with the OMMA.

“We’re unable to fulfill your interview request regarding this inquiry….OMMA is conscious that some license holders could possibly be experiencing troubles,” stated OMMA in response.

Tulsa City Councilor Grant Miller has a license for industrial establishing and weighed in on the scenario.

“What we want to do is organize and head down to the capitol. I’m in touch with a lot of cannabis firms in town, they all have troubles with it. From the troubles you are speaking about, becoming locked out of the approach, to even just quick frequent operating procedures like how to create a sample for the labs so that we can go get testing. If you in no way do that adequately they will lock you out,” Miller stated.

Meanwhile, at Preme, Walker waited a lot more than 60 days for his license to be renewed and does not know when it will.

“I renewed, I paid my funds, and this is what I get,” he stated.

If your well being-associated marijuana tiny business enterprise is dealing with a comparable predicament, let me know by emailing bmummolo@ktul.com.