Lawton dispensary owners react to Unity Bill

Lawton dispensary owners react to Unity Bill

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - There’s been a lawsuit filed by a dispensary owner in Oklahoma City against the Unity Bill calling it unconstitutional.

The legislation was signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt last week. it was created as compromise between growers, sellers, and members of the legislature to create rules and regulations over Oklahoma’s medical marijuana system.

Bud’s and the Doctors Dispensary both said they understand why the Unity Bill was created and eventually signed in the first place, but it’s the wording and quick turnaround to implement the changes required that bothers them the most.

When state question 788 passed last year, one of the owners at Doctor Dispensary said he expected their to be some regulation changes because this is uncharted territory for the state.

“This is almost like the wild, wild west. We’re still learning what necessary things need to be done. Period,” said Raymond Hall.

Now with the Unity Bill signed by Governor Stitt, those new regulations must be implemented within 90 days. Some of the new disciplinary regulations have Bud’s manager confused.

“They lay out a set of rules, and then at the bottom say and for any other reason that the OMMA deems necessary, and so that leaves us confused because if there is a set of rules and we’re following every rule what else could possibly arise,” said DeRuse Cooper.

Cooper says the new regulation he's most worried about are the new transportation rules, especially because they don't grow their own products in- house. It requires cars carrying medical marijuana to install G-P-S trackers, and Cooper says that option might be too expensive to deal with by the implementation date.

“That’s a very large upfront cost, so we are trying to figure out what’s going to be the best system to work with that. Do we put the money into the vehicle or do we just make it a practice that we have to have the good delivered to us,” said Cooper.

One of the new rules stated in the Unity Bill that both Cooper and Hall say they are excited about is that all medical marijuana products must be tested in a lab, but as of today, they say there's only one lab able to do the testing across the entire state.

“I’m not happy there’s only one place to do lab testing, and i’m sure that it will change. I am happy for the lab testing itself though,” said Hall.

“With the testing required we’ll know every grower is basically going to be able to provide the cleanest medicine that they can, and have to," said Cooper.

Chris Kinnison, another owner at Doctors Dispensary said he’s worried that because there is just one lab, that the lab will be able to jack up the prices, and the dispensaries will have to raise theirs as well.

As of now, the rules must be in place by May 31st.

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