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If you haven’t been paying attention to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act of 2021, then you should start paying attention now. In early February, House Bill 2272, or the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act of 2021, was introduced. And right from the start, the free market has pushed back. Why? It would hurt small marijuana businesses.

According to HB 2271, “The measure directs the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) to cap the number of dispensaries, processor and grower licenses beginning September 1, 2021, the number of current active licenses combined with the total number of applications pending that were submitted prior…


A rift between industries reveals a need for communication

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In a September 22 Facebook post shared by Ron Durbin of Durbin Law Firm, several Oklahoma agricultural associations released a request to halt the distribution of cultivation licenses.

The letter from the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation commission, Oklahoma Cattlemans’ Association, Oklahoma Dairy Producers Association, Oklahoma Sherriffs’ Association, and the Oklahoma Soybean Association was shared on Mr. Durbin’s Facebook Wednesday afternoon, along with his response and a description of the events at hand.

Within the collective associations’ letter was the request for the OMMA (addressed to Director Adria Berry) to “issue a temporary moratorium on any more grower permits.” …

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With the rise of boutique cannabis comes the demand for alternative ways of growing. Cultivators have diversified away from more common growing methods to sustainable alternatives. Living soil is a growing method rapidly gaining popularity across the U.S., but what is it and how does it benefit a cannabis plant?

It is common to see cultivators use a substrate such as a coco fiber to grow their plants and feeding nutrients in a mix. However, a rise in demand for organic and sustainable growing methods has led many to look into alternatives such as living soil.

According to an article…

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Every once in a while, I receive an email or direct message that makes me wonder if the person had one too many before clicking the send button. The example provided for this “what not to do” lesson was sent to me by a marketing consultant that left me wondering how my spam filter did not snatch this one up.

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Bud suggestions for cannabis newbies

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There are thousands of strains available on the legal cannabis market. While this is a dream come true for veteran tokers, those new to the world of cannabis can be overwhelmed by the possibilities. However, there are several ideal strains for most beginners to start their journey.

It is worth noting that cannabis impacts each individual differently. If you are on any prescription medications, please consult with your doctor before trying any cannabis products.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is one of the most common cannabis strains on the market. This sativa-dominant strain is known for giving you a decent high while not…


How solid state regulations can help create better federal laws

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Unlike many industries, cannabis varies from state to state. Not only are strains different, but consumer demand, marketing, compliance, and transportation regulations vary as well. As someone who has lived in three different states with legal cannabis, it’s shocking how much they vary.

When I first moved to Colorado, I was new to the industry and fortunate enough to get in with a company that focused on compliance and quality rather than numbers. It was in the beautiful Centennial State that I first learned the basics of compliance and the differences between the thousands of strains on the market.


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There is a notification on my phone that I will not look at until Monday. It is from my boss regarding a current project I am working on. While my knee-jerk reaction is to reply straight away, my more rational side is telling me to maintain the boundaries between work and my personal life.

I struggle with maintaining a work/life balance and somehow never saw how it impacted my mental health until I began working from home during the 2020 lockdowns. I felt like I had to be on call and ready to respond or my co-workers would think I…

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I sat in a surprisingly comfortable chair and drummed my fingers on my thigh, irate that I had missed a day of work. Like millions of Americans, I had been called for jury duty only to find that I would be turned loose after hours of waiting.

A brusk looking man in a grey suit had just finished explaining they were selecting their jury for a marijuana DUI case. As soon as he said that, I knew my services would not be required. After all, I have very strong opinions about cannabis. In fact, I’m pretty sure you could smell…

With the spread of legal cannabis, researchers have more opportunities to study various cannabinoids they did not have access to before. Most recently, a cannabinoid called cannabidiphorol, or CBDP for short, was discovered in 2019 along with THCP and several other minor cannabinoids. These new additions to the growing list of cannabinoids provide us with a better understanding of the cannabis plant and its impact on our endocannabinoid systems.

According to a scientific report published in December 2019, “It is known that CBD binds with poor affinity to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Therefore, the evaluation of the cannabimimetic activity…


Promote your cannabis business like a pro

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I discovered I had a knack for marketing in college. However, it wasn’t until I began working within the hemp industry that I really began to stretch my legs.

I once told my partner that if someone could successfully market within the cannabis industry, they could market anything. To this day, I still stand by that rule. The cannabis industry is like a minefield with constantly changing rules, regulations, laws, and policies.

To be honest, I wish someone would have sat down and told me five simple things that would make my cannabis marketing journey start out a bit smoother…

Shelby McDaniel

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