In June 2018, Oklahoma became the 30th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana. With a low barrier to entry and minimum startup costs, you can be a part of the Oklahoma “green rush.”
Below, we’ve provided a general outline of what it takes to obtain your Oklahoma grower license and maintain a compliant business. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
Oklahoma Marijuana Laws for Growers
While many laws mirror existing best practices in other states, regulations are constantly changing, and there are a few key laws to keep in mind to ensure compliance:
- Licensed growers and processors in the state of Oklahoma are required by law to test all medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in a laboratory licensed by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) as of July 1st, 2020.
- If managing more than one grow facility, a separate application and non-refundable application fee for each location are required. If managing multiple entities or verticals, you also will need to submit a separate application and non-refundable application fee for each license type (processor, grower, dispensary).
- Oklahoma is dedicated to keeping its marijuana cultivators homegrown. In order to apply for a marijuana grow license, applicants must be an Oklahoma resident, having resided in the state for at least two to five years. This also includes the mandate that 75% of owners are Oklahoma residents.
Types of Oklahoma Grow Licenses
There is only one type of grow license currently for the state of Oklahoma—a medical marijuana grower license. In addition to the grower license, Oklahoma cannabis operators can also obtain a processor and/or dispensary license.
A medical marijuana grower license allows a business to legally grow marijuana for medical purposes in Oklahoma. Licensed growers can sell to licensed processors and licensed dispensaries only. Grower licenses will be in the form of a license certificate. Licensed growers must comply with Title 63 O.S. § 420 et seq. and the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 310:681.
Licensed processors can sell to licensed dispensaries and other licensed processors. Licensed processors may also process marijuana into a concentrated form for a patient license holder for a fee. Processor licenses will be in the form of a license certificate. Licensed processors must comply with Title 63 O.S. § 420 et seq. and the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 310:681.
A medical marijuana dispensary license allows a business to legally sell medical marijuana and medical marijuana products, including mature plants and seedlings. Licensed dispensaries can only sell to patient license holders, caregiver license holders, research license holders, and the parent or legal guardian named on a minor patient’s license. Dispensary licenses will be in the form of a license certificate. Licensed dispensaries must comply with Title 63 O.S. § 420 et seq. and the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 310:681.
Oklahoma Commercial Grow License Cost
The license application fee for growers, processors, and dispensaries is $2,500. This cost is per facility AND per license type. Renewal occurs every year and is $2,500 each.
Oklahoma Commercial Grow License Application Requirements
The application process to obtain an Oklahoma growers license is straight forward. You’ll need to include the following documentation:
- Affidavit of Lawful Presence documentation
- Proof of Oklahoma residency for those persons representing 75% ownership
- Applicants must be at least 25 years old, reside in Oklahoma, and the entities must be registered to conduct business in the state. At least 75 percent of the ownership of entities must be by Oklahoma residents.
- Background checks for each owner
- Certificate of Compliance
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Oklahoma Tax Permit
- Ownership Disclosure documentation
- Ownership list
You can find a detailed checklist of everything you’ll need here.
Marijuana Compliance in Oklahoma
While there has not been a state tracking system selected, all cannabis tracking and reporting are done through the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. The OMMA created a monthly reporting template that must be submitted on the 15th every month. The monthly reporting template includes:
- The amount of medical marijuana transported to other licensed businesses.
- The number of plants transported to other licensed businesses
- Weight of cannabis purchased at wholesale, tracked by batch numbers
- Weight of cannabis sold to patients, tracked by batch numbers
- Accounting for any waste or destroyed products
- Total sales in dollars
- Tax collected in dollars
- Tax due in dollars
How does 365 Cannabis fulfill this?
365 Cannabis is a true ERP that delivers a complete business management solution, facilitates compliance, and ensures timely and accurate reporting. With a centralized system, you’ll be able to reduce manual and double entry, nearly eliminating human error. With a true cannabis ERP software, you’ll be able to increase efficiency, improve productivity, and grow your cannabis cultivation business.
This article is meant to be a guideline for your reference and is not legal advice. Read more about Oklahoma marijuana regulations here and prepare your application with a cannabis business consultant and/or law firm.