Oklahoma’s seed-to-sale tracking system is set to be implemented in 90 days following a settlement between the state and attorneys behind a lawsuit challenging the adoption of the technology as a monopoly, reports The Oklahoman.
Under the agreement, state medical dispensaries will have 180 days to sell or dispose of any product that has not been labeled for the system, and the state Medical Marijuana Authority will arrange at least five seminars to educate businesses on the system and provide trained employees. who can answer questions about tracking technology, which is provided by Metrc.
Ronald Durbin, who represented Dr. Z Leaf Cultivation, told Oklahoman that the plaintiffs “had everything [they] wanted”, except to determine who would pay for the tags used by the system to track plants and products. Under the Metrc contract, companies must pay for these tags, which Metrc said would cost about $705 per year. Metrc also charges businesses $40 per month for using the service.
“One of the things we were happiest about was getting a firm commitment and an order directing OMMA to aggressively enforce the seed-to-sell requirement against non-compliant businesses.” – Durbin at Oklahoman
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Director Adria Berry said lifting the injunction “will remove the biggest hurdle” regulators have faced in trying to enforce parts of the cannabis law. state medical.
“It’s going to help us with that chain of custody of every product in the state,” Berry told Oklahoman after the nearly year-long legal battle ended. “If there’s a product that’s not in the seed tracking system for sale, then it’s not legal – and we can find out quickly.”
Oklahoma lawmakers and cannabis regulators have attempted to reign in unregulated cannabis production that occurs under the guise of legal medical cannabis operations. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics reported that from April 2021 through February 9, 2022, it dissolved 85 farms that were operating without state approval. A proposed State House bill seeks to suspend medical cannabis licenses in the state with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rusty Cornwell, saying officials must “confirm that ongoing operations comply with the law”.
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