The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has announced it has shut down five cannabis businesses and seized thousands of pounds of illicit cannabis.
Partnering with Kay County Agencies in a collaborative investigation, OMMA seized or embargoed around 14,000 cannabis plants and 4,850 pounds of cannabis.
The investigation looked at 11 recent complaints into the Ponca City-area medical cannabis businesses, performing 19 routine compliance inspections at local licensed medical cannabis facilities in the area.
OMMA filed two Emergency Orders of Summary Suspension and Embargo in administrative court on 11 September that led to the shutdown of two growers – Solar Lights, LLC and JN Green Grow, LLC – pending further administrative proceedings.
Three more orders for shutdown were filed on 13 September, for DIHOW, LLC , Zhangs Farm Inc and L&L Magic Grower LLC.
OMMA Executive Director, Adria Berry, stated: “This enforcement effort aligns with the strategic response to the supply and demand study we released in June, sending a strong message that illicit activity has nowhere to hide.
“We are grateful to local authorities in Kay County for their help and partnership. This effort was only made possible due to the strong collaboration of all agencies involved and is a model for future enforcement action on a wide scale.”
In this investigation, the teams found hundreds of pounds untraceable and untagged cannabis and thousands of untagged and untraceable cannabis plants and numerous totes, coolers, plastic bags and trash bags filled with suspected illicit cannabis
“The Kay County Sheriff’s Office is very happy with the outcome,” added Kay County Undersheriff Sean Grigsba.
“We were able to partner with OMMA and the 8th District [Drug Task Force] to see many inspections done here in our county. It is this type of partnership that allows success to grow. We look forward to partnering with OMMA many more times in the future.”
Berry continued: “We encourage the public to notify our call center or use the business complaint form on our website when they suspect illegal activity in their area. Our enforcement, compliance and legal teams stand ready to ensure the safety of our patients and their communities through swift action.”
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