Norman dispensaries integrate seed-to-sale program amid injunction – Norman Transcript


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As Norman dispensaries are preparing to comply with a mandatory regulatory tracking system, local shop owners are concerned the system may pass on higher costs to the customer and generate profit for an out-of-state company.

The state is requiring that Oklahoma dispensaries and processors use METRC, a Florida-based inventory tracking program, for a seed-to-sale regulatory process. While the original deadline for compliance was April 30, a lawsuit in Okmulgee County has put a pause on the rollout.

Tulsa-based dispensary and processor Dr. Z Leaf filed a class action lawsuit against the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the OMMA in April, alleging the agencies are unlawfully mandating that Oklahoma businesses use the METRC system.

Dr. Z leaf is asking that courts prohibit the OSDH and OMMA from enforcing the contract with METRC and requiring businesses to use the system. The dispensary and processor is also asking that the state agencies be required to go through a “proper rulemaking” process before they ever enter into another seed-to-sale contract again.

While the new deadline for required use of the seed-to-sale program could become more clear after a June 29 hearing for the suit at the Okmulgee County Courthouse, owners and management at Norman dispensaries are already working through the process of integrating it into their operations.

Jerry Flowers, owner of UWD in Edmond and Norman, said he began preparing for the initial April 30 deadline earlier that month.

“We’re prepared for METRC, so we are just waiting to see if it’s going to start June 30,” Flowers said.

Flowers sees METRC as a tool that will help keep illegal activities to a minimum, and said he isn’t aware of another program that is as all encompassing.

He said

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