Source: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Mapping by Jesse Howe.
Marijuana has become a burgeoning industry in Oklahoma in the year since voters approved a state question to allow medical marijuana.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s latest report, released June 19, shows 138,230 patient licenses and 879 caregiver licenses have been approved since dispensaries began operating in October.
Those patients have plenty of options. The authority has approved licenses for 1,548 dispensaries, 3,211 growers and 859 processors. Not that many shops are open, however. Many dispensaries that have received their licenses have yet to open, have gone out of business or might never open.
Mapping Growers and Processors
But growing revenue from marijuana sales continues to flow into the state’s coffers.
The state has collected $6.4 million from the 7% excise tax on purchases, as of June 21. And millions of dollars more have been raised from local and state sales taxes and state license registration fees.
With more than a week left in the month, $1.7 million has been collected from the excise tax in June – an amount that has already exceed the record-high $1.6 million that was collected in May.