The Oklahoma House of Representatives moved closer to its goal of comprehensive medical marijuana reform on Thursday with the passage of six additional bills, including a substantial hike in the cost of most commercial licenses.
House Bill 2179, by Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, would create a tiered commercial grower fee structure based on size and type of facility. Annual fees would range from the current $2,500 to more than $50,000.
Under the terms of the bill, processor license fees will be determined by volume and range from $2,500 to $40,000.
Dispensaries will pay $2,500 to $10,000, based on annual sales.
Testing laboratories will pay a flat $20,000.
The bill still must get final approval from the Senate, likely Friday, as the Legislature expects to wrap up its regular session then.
Other medical marijuana measures passed Friday by the House:
HB 3929, by Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando, would govern what is known as process validation. It would requires final Senate passage.
HB 3971, by Rep. Ty Burns, R-Morrison, would allow the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to use “secret shoppers” to spot-check dispensaries. It would require final Senate passage.
HB 4287, by Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow, would require prepackaging of retail products. It would requires final Senate passage.