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McDugle Holds Interim Study on “True” Medical Marijuana Industry

“We need to look at what it takes for Oklahoma to have a ‘true’ medical marijuana industry here in our state,” McDugle said. “When medical marijuana was first legalized, it was a bit like the land rush all over again. Dispensaries popped up all over our state and regulators were left playing catch up. Some of those issues have led to products on the market that don’t necessarily help people in the way a true medical cannabis product should. I called for this study because we need to get to the bottom of what we can do at a state level to make this industry as helpful as possible to the people needing these products.”

Sheldon Robinson, Chairman and CEO of Hobart Biosciences, provided testimony during the study. He said that he has seen a lot of purported medical marijuana being sold in Oklahoma, with very little of it being medical at all. The reason for this, according to Robinson, is that there are no doctors involved in the process of growing, cultivating and selling to consumers. He went on to say that the average Oklahoman is not comfortable going into a dispensary to buy medical marijuana, even if they need it, and the average doctor is not comfortable prescribing it because they do not know how to dose it. He said in order to get wholesale buy-in from doctors, another level of medicinal cannabis, held to a higher standard, needs to be created…

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