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Friday, November 27, 2020

How One of the Reddest States Became the Nation's Hottest Weed Market Oklahoma entered the world of legal cannabis late, but its hands-off approach launched a boom and a new nickname: Toke-lahoma.'

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"Voters in the staunchly conservative state had just four months earlier authorized a medical marijuana program and sales were just beginning. The Bakers immediately saw the potential for the fledgling market.

With no limits on marijuana business licenses, scant restrictions on who can obtain a medical card, and cheap land, energy and building materials, they believed Oklahoma could become a free-market weed utopia and they wanted in.

"This is exactly like Humboldt County was in the late 90s," Baker says, as a trio of workers chop down marijuana plants that survived a recent ice storm. "The effect this is going to have on the cannabis nation is going to be incredible."

"Turns out rednecks love to smoke weed," Baker laughs. "That's the thing about cannabis: It really bridges socio-economic gaps. The only other thing that does it is handguns. All types of people are into firearms. All types of people are into cannabis."

Indeed, Oklahoma has established arguably the only free-market marijuana industry in the country. Unlike almost every other state, there are no limits on how many business licenses can be issued and cities can't ban marijuana businesses from operating within their borders.

In addition, the cost of entry is far lower than in most states: a license costs just $2,500. In other words, anyone with a credit card and a dream can take a crack at becoming a marijuana millionaire.

"They've literally done what no other state has done: free-enterprise system, open market, wild wild west," says Tom Spanier, who opened Tegridy Market (a dispensary that takes its name from South Park) with his wife in Oklahoma City last year. "It's survival of the fittest."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-11-27 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is how Florida would have been if the ballot amendment was approved by voters on first attempt :/

Could have been cool

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-11-27 08:20 PM | Reply

Someone else post the lyrics of okie from muskokie.

I'm to tired but I know they mention weed.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2020-11-27 08:29 PM | Reply

Every body must,get,stoned;

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-11-27 11:44 PM | Reply

This is pretty hilarious after Oklahoma and Nebraska tried to sue Colorado for legalizing weed.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-11-28 12:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Hippie From Olema

www.youtube.com

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-11-28 12:24 AM | Reply

I have to agree that that pot should be legalized but laissez-faire regulations are not a good thing as grow operations are some nasty polluters

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-28 01:03 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer

An oldie but a goodie - but seriously the world would be a better place...

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-28 01:04 AM | Reply

Cl0wns are so funny especially when they're getting stoned... which is pretty much always... lying twits.

Usual rationalization: The doctor gave it to me or they can buy it at WalMart.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-11-28 09:33 AM | Reply

One view on the ground in Okiehomie:
-The state government saw legalizing pot and allowing wide-spread CBD sales as a way to raise tax revenue in a state where native Okies would rather go without good roads or good schools than pay more taxes
-On the roads its hard to tell who is stoned, other than being behind someone going 43 on the highway, and stoned drivers have little fear of being stopped for driving under the influence, as the local police try to avoid interacting with a well-armed populace, other than those who wear dark skin
-Pot-related tax revenue went up last year before falling in 2020 year-to-date. That tells me (1) folks are cheating on their taxes (2) illegal growers and sellers are not going away, and (3) the market is saturated

The growers and producers I've met (my neighbor sells CBD dog treats) do not like to talk about their business or where they are located, and are armed. My concern is that the state's pot business is two steps away from being taken over by a biker gang or Mexican cartel. The law enforcement and political folk hereabout are too stupid, weak and cowardly to do anything about that possible turn of events.

You other states: don't follow the Oklahoma model, it's poorly made and badly enacted...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2020-11-28 10:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"That's the thing about cannabis: It really bridges socio-economic gaps."

How so? Just because multiple socio-economic groups have something in common...that's not bridging a gap.

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2020-11-28 10:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Eberly is this your way of saying you wouldn't blaze up with a Spreadneck Trumper? :)

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-11-28 10:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"My concern is that the state's pot business is two steps away from being taken over by a biker gang or Mexican cartel."

And why shouldn't it be? That's some real laissez-faire capitalism.

Reminds me of the T-shirt which reads:
"America. Overrun by drug dealers since 1942."

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-11-28 10:54 AM | Reply

Hellzapoppin', I'll vote for anybody who legalizes weed! Perhaps people who are comfortably numb might not revolt!

#14 | Posted by john47 at 2020-11-28 10:58 AM | Reply

#13

Colorado's second largest cannabis business was recently purchased by a publicly traded Canadian company, for $140 million.

#15 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-11-28 12:50 PM | Reply

Expect all this to change pretty quickly...

#16 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-11-29 10:21 AM | Reply

"Someone else post the lyrics of okie from muskokie."

To the best of my recollection:

"We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee,

we don't take our trips on LSD..."

And later he notes: "White lightenin's still the biggest thrill of all."

#17 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-11-29 10:29 AM | Reply

Every body must,get,stoned;

#4 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER

Also... Everybody likes money.

Finally! An actual reason to ever visit Oklahoma again.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-11-29 12:53 PM | Reply

Belated comedian Bill Hicks talking about Oklahoma: www.youtube.com

#19 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-11-29 01:05 PM | Reply

Well we Kansans already knew Oklahoma was going to pot long ago.

#20 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-11-29 01:22 PM | Reply

Re 19

Bill Hicks! A man out of time. A stranger in a strange land. Trying to find the funny in dark times. Much like me. Only he was actually successful at it. Until his time caught up with him. Too soon.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-11-29 04:04 PM | Reply

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