Interesting, guess who loves the cannabis the most in America?

Blood red Okies. Fascinating read:

FTA: “It smells like weed all the damn time, even right here in our offices,” said Haskell County’s Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, pointing toward one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, this one across the road from his department. “We’re one of the reddest states around, but we have the country’s most permissive marijuana laws.”

How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State​

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

By Simon Romero
  • Dec. 29, 2021
KEOTA, Okla. — Across Oklahoma, a staunchly conservative state with a history of drawing people in search of wealth from the land, a new kind of crop is taking over old chicken coops, trailer parks and fields where cattle used to graze.

Next door to a Pentecostal church in the tiny town of Keota, the smell of marijuana drifts through the air at the G & C Dispensary. Strains with names like OG Kush and Maui Waui go for $3 a gram, about a quarter of the price in other states.

Down the road, an indoor-farming operation is situated in a residential area near mobile homes, one of about 40 in the town of just 500 residents. “It might look strange, but this is where the action is,” said Logan Pederson, 32, who moved this year from Seattle to Oklahoma to manage the small farm for a company called Cosmos Cultivation.

Ever since the state legalized medical marijuana three years ago, Oklahoma has become one of the easiest places in the United States to launch a weed business. The state now boasts more retail cannabis stores than Colorado, Oregon and Washington combined. In October, it eclipsed California as the state with the largest number of licensed cannabis farms, which now number more than 9,000, despite a population only a tenth of California’s.

The growth is all the more remarkable given that the state has not legalized recreational use of marijuana. But with fairly lax rules on who can obtain a medical card, about 10 percent of Oklahoma’s nearly four million residents have one, by far the most of any other state.

Fueled by low barriers for entry and a fairly hands-off approach by state officials, weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from around the United States. It costs just $2,500 to get started, compared to $100,000 or more across the state line in Arkansas. And Oklahoma, a state that has long had a tough-on-crime stance, has no cap on how many dispensaries can sell marijuana, the number of cannabis farms or even how much each farm can produce.

That unfettered growth has pitted legacy ranchers and farmers against this new breed of growers. Groups representing ranchers, farmers, sheriffs and crop dusters recently joined forces to call for a moratorium on new licenses. They cited climbing prices for land, illicit farms and strains on rural water and electricity supplies as among the reasons. In some parts, new indoor farms are using hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

A legal cannabis growing operation using old chicken houses in rural Haskell County.



But a moratorium is not likely, said Adria Berry, the director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, which oversees the industry and reported nearly $138 million in revenue from retail, state and local taxes this year, through November, on the sale of cannabis.

Ms. Berry, an early opponent of medical cannabis, says the industry is here to stay and that the state’s marijuana law effectively restrains her agency from limiting the number of new licenses it approves.
On the ground level, that means that the number of Oklahoma cannabis businesses keeps on surging.




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Big multistate marijuana companies have largely chosen to sit out Oklahoma’s boom, Mr. Keating added, opting instead for states where market access is restricted and far more costly. “These mom-and-pop dispensaries are providing a service just like the local liquor store, the local carwash,” he said.

But unlike local businesses, where the customers are typically residents, critics assert that growers in Oklahoma are producing far more marijuana than can possibly be sold in the state and are feeding illicit markets around the country.

Because of lower costs for licensing, labor and land, growers can produce cannabis for as little as $100 a pound, and then turn around and sell that for between $3,500 to $4,000 a pound in California or New York, said Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

“The profit margin is astronomical if you can move your operation to Oklahoma and get away with it,” Mr. Woodward said of Oklahoma growers serving markets elsewhere in violation of state and federal laws.


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Cannabis prices in Oklahoma have dropped by about 50 percent in the last six months due to the increased supply.Credit...Brett Deering for The New York Times
Eying such violations, the authorities have carried out a series of raids this year, shutting down nearly 80 farms since April in an effort to reduce Oklahoma’s production of black-market marijuana. In Haskell County, a rural eastern patch of the state, authorities in June seized 10,000 marijuana plants, 100 pounds of processed cannabis, plus a bevy of firearms and parcels of cash, from an operation that had moved from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Lawmakers recently allowed revenues from cannabis licensing to create a full-time enforcement unit, and the state narcotics bureau has hired nearly 20 agents. Another measure now allows the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to hire more than 70 new employees, mainly to work in compliance and enforcement.
While the influx intensifies, growers have groused that the ever-expanding supply has made cannabis prices plunge by about half in the last six months, to as low as $800 a pound for some strains, down from $1,600.

Tara Tischauer, co-owner of Red Dirt Sungrown in Guthrie, a town north of Oklahoma City, said falling prices have reduced her revenue by about one-third this year. Still, her operation, part of a family business that also includes a hemp farm and garden plant greenhouses, employs 25 people and steadily produces about 125 pounds of cannabis a week.
“A few years ago I thought Oklahoma would have been the last state in the country to get cannabis going,” said Ms. Tischauer, 46. “If we can’t succeed, it’s our own fault. That’s how a free market works.”

Despite a saturated market, she said she believes the state’s cannabis industry is still in its infancy. Activists have begun organizing to secure a referendum on the ballot next year that would legalize recreational use of marijuana. Doing so could bolster the state’s growers, who Ms. Tischauser said could look to meet demand from neighboring Texas, where legislators have resisted full legalization of cannabis.

For critics of Oklahoma’s approach to marijuana, that would be a move in the wrong direction.

“It smells like weed all the damn time, even right here in our offices,” said Haskell County’s Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, pointing toward one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, this one across the road from his department. “We’re one of the reddest states around, but we have the country’s most permissive marijuana laws.”
 
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Iowa should take notice (but they won't). States that allow cultivation should similarly allow the movement of product supplies in these expanding retail markets. Limiting competition in this expanding market is quite frankly, un-American.
 

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Iowa needs to add more variety in their medical marijuana choices. It was easy to get a card, but there is basically 1 strain that has decent TCH Levels.
 

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Blood red Okies. Fascinating read:

FTA: “It smells like weed all the damn time, even right here in our offices,” said Haskell County’s Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, pointing toward one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, this one across the road from his department. “We’re one of the reddest states around, but we have the country’s most permissive marijuana laws.”

How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State​

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

By Simon Romero
  • Dec. 29, 2021
KEOTA, Okla. — Across Oklahoma, a staunchly conservative state with a history of drawing people in search of wealth from the land, a new kind of crop is taking over old chicken coops, trailer parks and fields where cattle used to graze.

Next door to a Pentecostal church in the tiny town of Keota, the smell of marijuana drifts through the air at the G & C Dispensary. Strains with names like OG Kush and Maui Waui go for $3 a gram, about a quarter of the price in other states.

Down the road, an indoor-farming operation is situated in a residential area near mobile homes, one of about 40 in the town of just 500 residents. “It might look strange, but this is where the action is,” said Logan Pederson, 32, who moved this year from Seattle to Oklahoma to manage the small farm for a company called Cosmos Cultivation.

Ever since the state legalized medical marijuana three years ago, Oklahoma has become one of the easiest places in the United States to launch a weed business. The state now boasts more retail cannabis stores than Colorado, Oregon and Washington combined. In October, it eclipsed California as the state with the largest number of licensed cannabis farms, which now number more than 9,000, despite a population only a tenth of California’s.

The growth is all the more remarkable given that the state has not legalized recreational use of marijuana. But with fairly lax rules on who can obtain a medical card, about 10 percent of Oklahoma’s nearly four million residents have one, by far the most of any other state.

Fueled by low barriers for entry and a fairly hands-off approach by state officials, weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from around the United States. It costs just $2,500 to get started, compared to $100,000 or more across the state line in Arkansas. And Oklahoma, a state that has long had a tough-on-crime stance, has no cap on how many dispensaries can sell marijuana, the number of cannabis farms or even how much each farm can produce.

That unfettered growth has pitted legacy ranchers and farmers against this new breed of growers. Groups representing ranchers, farmers, sheriffs and crop dusters recently joined forces to call for a moratorium on new licenses. They cited climbing prices for land, illicit farms and strains on rural water and electricity supplies as among the reasons. In some parts, new indoor farms are using hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

A legal cannabis growing operation using old chicken houses in rural Haskell County.


But a moratorium is not likely, said Adria Berry, the director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, which oversees the industry and reported nearly $138 million in revenue from retail, state and local taxes this year, through November, on the sale of cannabis.

Ms. Berry, an early opponent of medical cannabis, says the industry is here to stay and that the state’s marijuana law effectively restrains her agency from limiting the number of new licenses it approves.
On the ground level, that means that the number of Oklahoma cannabis businesses keeps on surging.




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Big multistate marijuana companies have largely chosen to sit out Oklahoma’s boom, Mr. Keating added, opting instead for states where market access is restricted and far more costly. “These mom-and-pop dispensaries are providing a service just like the local liquor store, the local carwash,” he said.

But unlike local businesses, where the customers are typically residents, critics assert that growers in Oklahoma are producing far more marijuana than can possibly be sold in the state and are feeding illicit markets around the country.

Because of lower costs for licensing, labor and land, growers can produce cannabis for as little as $100 a pound, and then turn around and sell that for between $3,500 to $4,000 a pound in California or New York, said Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

“The profit margin is astronomical if you can move your operation to Oklahoma and get away with it,” Mr. Woodward said of Oklahoma growers serving markets elsewhere in violation of state and federal laws.


merlin_199202106_127924cc-8f2f-423c-bdad-7e39a101c427-articleLarge.jpg


Cannabis prices in Oklahoma have dropped by about 50 percent in the last six months due to the increased supply.Credit...Brett Deering for The New York Times
Eying such violations, the authorities have carried out a series of raids this year, shutting down nearly 80 farms since April in an effort to reduce Oklahoma’s production of black-market marijuana. In Haskell County, a rural eastern patch of the state, authorities in June seized 10,000 marijuana plants, 100 pounds of processed cannabis, plus a bevy of firearms and parcels of cash, from an operation that had moved from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Lawmakers recently allowed revenues from cannabis licensing to create a full-time enforcement unit, and the state narcotics bureau has hired nearly 20 agents. Another measure now allows the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to hire more than 70 new employees, mainly to work in compliance and enforcement.
While the influx intensifies, growers have groused that the ever-expanding supply has made cannabis prices plunge by about half in the last six months, to as low as $800 a pound for some strains, down from $1,600.

Tara Tischauer, co-owner of Red Dirt Sungrown in Guthrie, a town north of Oklahoma City, said falling prices have reduced her revenue by about one-third this year. Still, her operation, part of a family business that also includes a hemp farm and garden plant greenhouses, employs 25 people and steadily produces about 125 pounds of cannabis a week.
“A few years ago I thought Oklahoma would have been the last state in the country to get cannabis going,” said Ms. Tischauer, 46. “If we can’t succeed, it’s our own fault. That’s how a free market works.”

Despite a saturated market, she said she believes the state’s cannabis industry is still in its infancy. Activists have begun organizing to secure a referendum on the ballot next year that would legalize recreational use of marijuana. Doing so could bolster the state’s growers, who Ms. Tischauser said could look to meet demand from neighboring Texas, where legislators have resisted full legalization of cannabis.

For critics of Oklahoma’s approach to marijuana, that would be a move in the wrong direction.

“It smells like weed all the damn time, even right here in our offices,” said Haskell County’s Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, pointing toward one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, this one across the road from his department. “We’re one of the reddest states around, but we have the country’s most permissive marijuana laws.”
God is God.
Man is not.
Man made beer.
God made pot.

Legalize marijuana!
 

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“It smells like weed all the damn time, even right here in our offices,” said Haskell County’s Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, pointing toward one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, this one across the road from his department. “We’re one of the reddest states around, but we have the country’s most permissive marijuana laws.”

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I live in Oklahoma (unfortunately) and it’s a weird place to live. Since I’ve moved here, they’ve legalized casino gambling, tattoo parlors and weed stores. The weed stores are everywhere. It’s a regular Redneck heaven.

Had dinner recently with an old friend who is now a traveling evangelist. One of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. Dude was the biggest pot smokin musician in the 90’s before turning to religion. He shocked me by telling me how terrible this is for the state. Pot was legalized for medicinal purposes only but only a small fraction are smoking for that. People just wanna get high. That’s it. He brought up some good points on the negative impacts this will have on the culture overall.
 

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I'd be OK with all the pig-shit smelling CAFOS in Iowa to be replaced with cannabis grow facilities. 10000000-times better smell.
I was thinking that it would probably be fairly simple to convert hog confinements into greenhouses.
 
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I'm calling bullshite. But if you are confident, show me the data and I will recant my BS call
It's kind of fuzzy - but as the article points out, a lot of this pot grown more cheaply in Oklahoma is shipped to California and other states where the "legal" dispensaries re-package and sell it. Technically, that is still a black market, as that is an illegal practice.
 

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It's kind of fuzzy - but as the article points out, a lot of this pot grown more cheaply in Oklahoma is shipped to California and other states where the "legal" dispensaries re-package and sell it. Technically, that is still a black market, as that is an illegal practice.


Might be the case. Feds passing laws to legalize it would stop most problems. That being said, even if they are repackaging through "somewhat legal/illegal" means, its better than the cartel and gangs handling this business.
 
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I found it interesting, and depressing at the same time. Seems legit and hopeless...

I'll try to check it out. My bucket list of shows is overflowing. THC is not a problem in this country. I can tell you from my work, meth is far and away the biggest problem. Starting to see heroin come back, which is really scary, due to the syringes
 

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I'll try to check it out. My bucket list of shows is overflowing. THC is not a problem in this country. I can tell you from my work, meth is far and away the biggest problem. Starting to see heroin come back, which is really scary, due to the syringes
It's only 40 minutes. Seems like a twofold problem. Meth user problem>>>pot, however record number of gang related murders in Chicago ( yeah I know I shouldn't say that ) and IC and CR are a problem...
 

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The War on Drugs is legit hopeless.

Other countries have figured this out. Unfortunately we haven't. Even drug courts are being sheltered down.


I'm of the opinion that if someone wants to ruin their own lives....fine. Nail them if they commit a crime. Even then, there is no point putting them in jail other to dry them out. If the purpose of our judicial system on sentencing, is not to rehabilitate, we are circling a magic dragon that won't go away.
 
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Other countries have figured this out. Unfortunately we haven't. Even drug courts are being sheltered down.


I'm of the opinion that if someone wants to ruin their own lives....fine. Nail them if they commit a crime. Even then, there is no point putting them in jail other to dry them out. If the purpose of our judicial system on sentencing, is not to rehabilitate, we are circling a magic dragon that won't go away.
Then there’s people like me who will murder all y’all if I can’t get my maryjane. It’s essentially a deterrent to violent crime for me. 😁
 
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