Tulsa Atty. Ron Durbin posted to his social media site that the City of Grove, in Northeast Oklahoma, changed course at today's city council meeting. They had created several barriers which were not authorized under the Oklahoma law passed last June.
House Majority Leader, Jon Echols traveled to the city and explained just how it could result in city taxpayers being liable if their ordinance had been challenged by a person claiming damages from illegal acts committed by the city. It would result in the city having to pay a marijuana business and/or sick patients who are authorized to treat their illnesses with legal cannabis medicines.
Here's the impromptu post from Mr. Durbin..
Victory!!! My client 420 Releaf can open!!! Grove City Council just voted 4-1 to remove their restrictive ordinances. You will recall they promised before and backed out at the last minute resulting in me explaining to them the consequences of breaking their word. You can find that letter on the firm Facebook feed. Apparently they even had Rep. Jon Echols come to the meeting where he reminded them it is the law as written in the State of Oklahoma. Oklahomans for Health, Norma Sapp, Uncle Grumpy.
The dispensary license holder, 420 Releaf, posted this account of today's events.
420Releaf will be opening a Dispensary in Grove!
Attended and spoke at Grove City Council meeting today. (Thank you for your help Ron Durbin!) They are removing the unlawful regulations added by the city allowing the opening of 420Releaf Dispensary soon!
Also have our processing license. Lots of top shelf products coming your way! And, last but not least, also have our commercial grow license. We can insure the best strains and quality will be in our products!
*UPDATE: Rep Scott Fetgatter reports that three members of the legislative interim study group on Medical Marijuana law, were in Grove for this city council meeting. Rep. Josh West, whose district includes the Grove area, was joined by Reps. Echols and Fetgatter, all of whom spent much of the summer & fall researching solutions toward the effective implementation of SQ788 (medical marijuana law).
The listed members of the Grove city Council are:
1. Ward I – Ed Trumbull
2. Ward II – Josh McElhaney
3. Ward III – Don Nielsen
4. Ward IV – Marty Dyer
5. At Large – Ivan Devitt