Dirty work

Extract contributor Chad Crow put his green thumb to the test working a shift inside GrOKC’s Oklahoma City growhouse. On a hot August day, I had the chance to finally tick a box off my bucket list — working in a fully organic cannabis grow-op. Forewarned to dress for the heat and avoid clothing I […]

Green energy

Oklahoma’s new cannabis industry welcomes a new labor force with lower wages than other states. Fresh to the workforce, searching for a career change or simply wanting to catch a ride on the green train? Oklahoma’s medical cannabis game might be the career path for you, but the industry offers some unique barriers to entry.  If you […]

Supercritical mass

CO2 extraction is a popular method for creating THC distillate for cartridges and edibles. Releaf Labs lab director Ariel Parson shows how it is done. Vape pens are ubiquitous in cannabis culture, with their popularity now rivaling that of raw cannabis flower. Many labs use a process known as supercritical CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction to […]

Key decision

Lynn Key founded Nature’s Key edibles after viewing the film version of The Secret. Lynn Key learned the secrets to cannabis baking and maybe the secret to life along the way. As Key was bringing an end to one chapter in her life, she opened another door. She credits an ancient mystical law for bringing her to […]

Business master

Stephanie Mathis uses her extensive business knowledge to run Steve’s Greens Cannabis + Wellness. Stephanie Mathis has now made a career out of doing what she used to get grounded for doing in high school. Mathis and her husband, Dustin, own Steve’s Greens Cannabis + Wellness, 6715 N. May Ave. It opened as a CBD store and […]

Managing needs

Cassi Doolittle uses her PR degree and family background in business to manage multiple dispensary locations. When Cassi Doolittle graduated from University of Oklahoma with a public relations degree, she did not imagine she would end up juggling management duties for what will soon be a total of nine dispensaries. “I worked in the corporate world […]

Accidental grower

Renata Varga got into the cannabis business by accident after accepting a data entry job. Renata Varga had her first exposure to cannabis when she was 8 years old with her best friend and a soda can. “I was in a closet with her older cousin. And he had some weed,” she said. “We had […]

Cannabis activist

Norma Sapp has been working to decriminalize cannabis for 30 years. There is no one in the state of Oklahoma who has spent as much time trying to decriminalize, legalize and normalize cannabis as Norma Sapp. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Sapp moved to Oklahoma in 1979. She was married in 1980 and moved to a […]

Green machine

Retired boxer Sean O’Grady opened his dispensary, Ringside Medical, on Feb. 9. Sean O’Grady hung up his boxing gloves 35 years ago but has lived with the pain of his glory days for decades. The former lightweight champion of the world began his professional fighting career when he was 15 years old. He ended it […]

CBD rising

CBD Plus USA grew to over 50 locations in less than a year. With President Donald Trump’s signature on the 2018 farm bill last December, industrial hemp became an ordinary agricultural commodity, and CBD Plus USA sees it as bringing the company one step closer to getting its products into all 50 states. “When a […]