Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Delayed by Tracking System Lawsuit

The implementation of a seed-to-sale tracking system for medical marijuana products in Oklahoma has been delayed by a lawsuit that seeks to transfer the costs of the program to the state. In April, the rollout of the program was postponed until the end of June by a Okmulgee County judge in the case brought by a group of medical marijuana businesses.

Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize the use and sale of cannabis for medicinal use in 2018. The following year, the state legislature passed legislation, House Bill 2612, which included requirements for a system to track cannabis products from cultivation through the manufacturing process, distribution and final sale. 

State regulators with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) issued a contract to METRC LLC to provide seed-to-sale tracking through its system. The METRC program is used by at least a dozen other states including California, the nation’s largest legal cannabis market.

Attorney Ron Durbin filed suit against OMMA’s implementation of the system on behalf of several medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that licensed business should not be required to purchase identification tags for plants and products or have to pay a fee to use the system. Under current rules, marijuana business must

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