Criminal uprising

BCC Collective is celebrating the close of its first quarter in business with its first major harvest.
Four months after street artist Jeks put the finishing touches on the iconic Albert Einstein mural on the former cigarette and candy company wall, he is back in action on the southern wall.

Runaway fire

Family-owned Fire Leaf dispensary is on a rapid-growth trajectory.
The Doolittles have been running family businesses in Oklahoma for more than half a century and have quickly made a name for themselves in the state’s newest enterprise.

Pot chef

Jeremy Cooper treats medical marijuana cuisine as a matter of life and death.
Jeremy Cooper is a man who wears many of them, but he’s most known for donning his cannabis chef’s hat.

Growing green

Oklahoma Gazette talks to two growers about how medical marijuana plants are grown.
Chris Brady and Cesar Herrera developed their cannabis green thumbs more than 1,500 miles from each other but rubbed digital elbows on the online forum of International Cannagraphic Magazine.

Human relations

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana legalization creates new questions about employment law.
Evan Way is an associate attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy and a member of its Cannabis Industry Practice Group.

Medicinal kitchen

Cooking with cannabis goes beyond brownies with pot-infused pistachio pesto.
Cooking with medical marijuana can be a preferred delivery system because it is easier on the lungs than smoking and the effects last longer, but it can be a difficult process to get started.

Growing industry

GreenGrow Expo offers educational classes and exhibits for patients, growers and distributors.
The Oklahoma medical cannabis industry will see its first major trade show this week at State Fair Park.

Bud burglaries

Some dispensaries are reevaluating security measures after a few reported burglaries.
No business is immune to theft, and at least two metro medical marijuana dispensaries have been burglarized since opening.

Fest contested

Hempfest, a concert and celebration of hemp that was to feature Snoop Dogg, never happened. Now lawsuits are flying.
Organizers of a music festival, one that promised Snoop Dogg but never materialized, are being sued by a sponsor.

Healthy competition

Dispensaries vie to stay relevant in the highly saturated medical marijuana market.
The Oklahoma cannabis market is roaring, with the number of patients snowballing and dispensaries clambering for market share.

Effective advertising

A proposed Super Bowl ad featuring a family from Oklahoma has gone viral since being rejected by CBS.
Millions tuned in for the Super Bowl, but what viewers did not see was an ad featuring a former Choctaw family who left home to treat their son with medical cannabis.

Green Machine

Retired boxer Sean O’Grady opens his dispensary, Ringside Medical, on Saturday.
Sean O’Grady hung up his boxing gloves 35 years ago but has lived with the pain of his glory days for decades.

Hemp hops

Stonecloud Brewing Co. debuts its new CBD-rich beer, Hemptation.
Oklahoma City is about to gets its first taste of hemp-infused beer thanks to two downtown business neighbors joining minds.

Green bills

Dozens of bills introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature seek to refine and enhance marijuana laws.
The Oklahoma legislative session begins next week, with dozens of bills regarding the newly formed medical marijuana industry before lawmakers.

Tending flower

A national recruiting and training company prepares candidates for jobs in the hemp and cannabis industry.
How does one become a budtender?

Gentle warrior

Cannabis Aid co-owner Elijah X Mothershed Bey’s murder leaves a community shaken and saddened.
It was a sunny, warm October day when Cannabis Aid, 1612 NE 23rd St., began selling the products that gave the dispensary its name, but the rain is unending and the skies a deep dull gray on the first day doors open after the murders of founder Elijah Malachi X Mothershed Bey and his family.

Legal harvest

Growers are starting to harvest their first batch of medical marijuana in the state.
It’s the beginning of Dan Wade’s first harvest, and you couldn’t chisel the smile off of his face.

Collecting patients

Local dispensary Fire Leaf helps Oklahomans obtain their medical marijuana licenses by holding patient drives.
Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries have to have patients to buy products in order to keep their doors open, patients must have doctor recommendations and pay the license fee before they can purchase them and the two are coming together in patient drives that mutually benefit both parties.

Redbud roots

A local soil company specializes in producing the perfect soil in which to grow medical marijuana.
If you need the dirt on growing cannabis in organic soil, Redbud Soil Company is the place to get it.

Busted plans

A past out-of-state warrant resulted in a local cannabis businessman spending nearly a month in jail without charges.
Daniel Newberg expected to open his medical marijuana dispensary, No Rhyme or Reason Kratom Shoppe & CBD, after the paperwork went through in November.

Legal marijuana

Oklahoma Gazette’s medical marijuana correspondent reflects on getting his license and being able to possess marijuana legally.
Christmas came a few days early for me this year.

CBD rising

CBD Plus USA grew to over 50 locations in less than a year.
With President Donald Trump’s signature on the 2018 farm bill last month, industrial hemp became an ordinary agricultural commodity, and CBD Plus USA sees it as bringing the company one step closer to getting its products into all 50 states.

Compassionate minds

Oklahoma medical marijuana proponents have an unlikely ally at NE 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard.
Oklahoma State Rep. Jon Echols is a conservative Republican serving southwest Oklahoma and northwest Cleveland counties.

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