About 300 Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses, all with the same co-owner, suddenly lost their licenses recently, prompting numerous legal battles.
Attorney Rachel Bussett filed cases on behalf of three marijuana growers that were recently notified their licenses have been revoked by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA).
The owners of the three businesses–located in McClain, Le Flore, and Delaware Counties—all moved from out-of-state to capitalize on Oklahoma’s budding marijuana industry.
“This is their livelihood. I mean they literally gave up everything to come here to do it,” Bussett said. “The more that I work with these people, it’s clear they weren’t given proper advice and guidance.”
All three businesses had one thing in common: one former law firm employee, Kathleen Windler, was listed as a co-owner.
The businesses hired the Tulsa-based firm Jones Brown Law for help obtaining licenses and legal advice upon moving to Oklahoma, Bussett said.
State law requires one or multiple Oklahoma residents make up 75% of the ownership of medical marijuana businesses.
Bussett said Jones Brown told the business owners that their employee, Windler, would serve as a “third-party resident” to satisfy the in-state requirement.
“Jones Brown (Law) introduced Ms. Windler to my clients as an individual who could help them become licensed,” she said. “They believed that what they were doing was lawful.” [Read more at newson6.com]