Rural Oklahoma has seen the impacts of the booming medical marijuana industry.
Oklahoma has come to be known as the “Wild West of Weed” thanks to the booming medical marijuana industry. While grow operations have been popping up all across the state, it is rural Oklahoma that has felt the impact.
Some said the infrastructure in place is not equipped to handle the influx. Others said it is the new frontier.
If you drive down Route 77, you can’t miss the iconic Oklahoma landmark the VW Spider Bug in Lexington. Built in the early 1970s, it has always been surrounded by two things woven into the fabric of rural Oklahoma: farms and churches.
In a sign of the times, perhaps a part of the new Oklahoma, its once holy neighbor is now a medical marijuana grow operation.
“We originally were looking at Colorado, but when Oklahoma went legal, we pretty much uprooted all of our kids and moved to Oklahoma to kind of start over,” said Josh Blevins, owner and CEO of Twisted Roo.
It’s a story you’ll hear from many, chasing a dream and a profit in the Sooner State. It will cost thousands of dollars less to get started here.
“Initial business license property, I mean everything,” Blevins said. [Read more at KOCO News 5]