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What is the Safe Banking Act and Will Congress pass it this year?


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer What is the SAFE Banking Act? The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is a piece of federal legislation that was first proposed in 2017 by Representative Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat representing the 7th District in that state. It passed the United States House of Representatives […]

 FREE ENTERPRISE REIGNS IN OKLAHOMA’S MMJ SYSTEM! 


 FREE ENTERPRISE REIGNS IN OKLAHOMA’S MMJ SYSTEM!  by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer1  1 Information contained herein provides general information related to the law and does not provide legal advice. It is recommended that readers consult their personal lawyer if they want legal advice. No attorney-client or confidential relationship exists or is formed between […]

OKLAHOMA’S RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: WILL THEY SURVIVE ANOTHER FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE? 


OKLAHOMA’S RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: WILL THEY SURVIVE ANOTHER FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE?  by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish,  Cannabis Lawyer I previously explored Oklahoma’s residency requirements applicable to medical marijuana business licensees in my article, “ARE OMMA’S RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL?”, where I commented on the change in residency requirements for OMMA licensees imposed by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana […]

THREE CHANGES IN THE WORKS FOR OMMA LICENSED BUSINESSES 


THREE CHANGES IN THE WORKS FOR OMMA LICENSED BUSINESSES  by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish Cannabis Lawyer The past several months have seen numerous changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana system, including new OMMA Permanent Rules; Amendments to OMMA Permanent Rules by September 16, 2021 Emergency Rules; passage of new bills by the state legislature such as […]

DO OMMA’S NEW EMERGENCY RULES IMPACT PATIENTS?


DO OMMA’S NEW EMERGENCY RULES IMPACT PATIENTS? by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish Cannabis Lawyer   The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority enacted a new set of Emergency Rules that became effective on June 28, 2021. These new Rules implement numerous changes, most of which apply to OMMA-licensed commercial medical marijuana businesses. However, some of the Rules […]

BRAVO, JUSTICE THOMAS


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish Cannabis Lawyer   If you are in the cannabis industry, you have a very powerful friend, a man who sits on the United States Supreme Court. The dissenting Statement respecting the denial of certiorari handed down on Monday, June 28, 2021, by United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one […]

REGULAR SESSION OF OKLAHOMA’S 2021 LEGISLATURE HAS ENDED: WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE MMJ BILLS?


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer   Earlier this year I provided an introduction to some of the more substantive bills filed in the Oklahoma House and Senate pertaining to Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program, and this spring I wrote about highlights concerning the more important bills that were passed by the legislative body in […]

Harborside Decision


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer Harborside was brilliantly briefed and argued before the Tax Court by my International Cannabis Bar Association colleague, Henry Wykowski, an exceptionally talented cannabis attorney headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are in the cannabis industry in Oklahoma or, for that matter, anywhere in the United […]

Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program – 2021 Legislation Still In Play


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish | Cannabis Lawyer Earlier this year I provided an introduction to some of the more substantive bills filed in the Oklahoma House and Senate pertaining to Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program. What follows are highlights concerning the more important bills that now have been passed by the legislative body in which […]

A METRC Primer


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish | Many months ago, OMMA announced that it had awarded METRC its seed-to-sale contract. Now, implementation is in full swing, with initial training and credentialing classes available and completion required by March 26, 2021. Notably, OMMA also has announced that it will require beginning inventory to be completely reported into […]

Changes In the Wind


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish | Cannabis Lawyer Has the pandemic given Oklahoma legislators too much time to ponder what changes they would like to see in Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program? Perhaps. As of January 22, 2021, they have filed a combined number of approximately 38 bills (some are only one-page titles and several are […]

Congress Boards the MJ Research Train


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer In the wake of passing the MORE Act, which I wrote about in my December 2020 column, two other Acts related to marijuana were passed by Congress at the end of 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Medical Marijuana Research Act (“MMRA”) on December 9, 2020. […]

More Act


WILL THE MORE ACT LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ACROSS THE COUNTRY? by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer One of the questions I often am asked is whether, or when, Congress will legalize marijuana. Federal legislation has been introduced to accomplish this—either for medicinal purposes (CARERS Act of 2019) or for whatever purposes each particular state has […]

Cannabis Testing


Inexact Methods Amidst Exact Science by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish – Cannabis Business Lawyer Cannabis Testing Series Part I Recently OMMA amended its Rules concerning testing requirements for medical marijuana and even generated a one-page diagram to illustrate the guidelines for ease of compliance. However, these amended rules fail to address the overall issue that […]

ARE OMMA’S RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL?


by Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, Cannabis Lawyer The first major piece of legislation concerning medical marijuana was signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on March 14, 2019, and became effective on August 29, 2019. The bill was known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, nicknamed the Unity Bill (“UNITY”), and […]