Lone star activists

Texas is surrounded by medical and recreational cannabis states. What is the status of reform laws in the Lone Star State? Husband-and-wife duo Dave and Akila Weinecke are working to change mindsets in their community concerning medical cannabis. The couple sees cannabis as a potential solution to alleviating suffering from a variety of medical conditions, […]

Freedom impaired

While Oklahoma now has more than 200,000 licensed medical cannabis patients, much of last century’s stigma still remains attached to its use. Despite their defeat at the polls last June, the forces behind the 788 Is Not Medical campaign have used their positions of influence to help deny cannabis users full participation in society. Whether […]

Industrial evolution

House Bill 2612 is now in effect, forcing all cannabis businesses to update their models to be in compliance. Commercial cannabis licensees are by now familiar with many of the obligations imposed by House Bill 2612, commonly referred to as the “Unity Bill,” a comprehensive legislative effort to close the gaps left in Oklahoma law […]

Medical outlaws

The road to cannabis legalization and normalization is paved with prisoners of the drug war. Here are two of their stories. William “Will” Foster, 61, Tulsa Foster is an unlikely candidate for someone with multiple felonies. A computer programmer and systems analyst, he spent four years in the Army working at White Sands Missile Range […]

Concerning safety

House Bill 2612, passed by the Oklahoma Legislature this session, allows for a broad range of professions to be considered “safety-sensitive” exceptions to medical cannabis use. Since over half a million Oklahoma voters approved the passage of Oklahoma State Question 788 (SQ788), its opponents have quickly shifted their attention toward the restraint of its most progressive features. House Bill […]

Branding cannabis

Extract’s legal analyst offers guidance on how to protect your most valuable asset — your brand. On June 26, Oklahoma celebrated the one-year anniversary of the passage of State Question 788, which legalized medical cannabis. During the first year, thousands of operators obtained licenses and opened their doors for business. If you are a participant […]

Budding equality

Oklahoma can set the standard for women’s opportunities in the cannabis industry.   Nearly a year after Oklahoma voters approved the most business-friendly medical cannabis initiative in the country, one of the reddest states in the nation continues to astonish. But what does this mean for Oklahoma’s female consumers and entrepreneurs? With patient count numbers […]

Opening doors

Know the legal terrain before starting a medical cannabis business. As recently as last year, if you were growing or selling pot in Oklahoma, you only had need for one legal service: criminal defense. Today, medical cannabis is a legal, multimillion-dollar industry, and its participants face a wide variety of legal needs. In many ways, […]