Oklahoma Bill Would Give Cannabis Taxes to Law Enforcement for Inspection Oversight

Oklahoma Bill Would Give Cannabis Taxes to Law Enforcement for Inspection Oversight
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<![CDATA[An Oklahoma bill proposes giving medical cannabis excise tax dollars derived from licensed businesses to law enforcement officials to help oversee inspections of those licensed businesses. House Bill 3530, in part, aims to allocate the first $5 million collected from the state’s 7% excise tax on medical cannabis sales each year to a County Sheriff Public Safety Grant Revolving Fund created under the bill, according to the legislation’s text. The measure, sponsored by Rep. David Hardin, is part of a bill package that Oklahoma House lawmakers unveiled earlier this month, which includes a 12-point plan aimed at cleaning up the state’s medical cannabis program and combating the illicit market. RELATED: Oklahoma House Unveils Plan to Combat Illicit Cannabis As Rep. TJ Marti outlined in a March 7 press conference, one of the points to that plan includes a grant program for sheriffs’ departments that will fund law enforcement efforts in every county. The plan also calls for annual inspections for all state-licensed grow sites, in addition to allowing Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) officials to conduct unlimited inspections of any site. Specifically, the $5 million in annual funding to law enforcement under H.B. 3530 would provide sheriff’s offices the financial means to have deputies present during OMMA inspections. Hardin, who vice chairs the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee, said March 21 that his bill’s intention is to provide a stop-gap for inspector safety until OMMA can hire its own law enforcement, The Norman Transcript reported. Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, told the news outlet the bill would help ensure OMMA inspectors are not denied access to perform on-site inspections. “[Deputies can] be out there at the property when they’re doing inspections to make sure that any criminal elements, that [if]…

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