With the passage of Oklahoma's State Question 788, Medical Marijuana became a reality for thousands of patients. Within months the first real cannabis medicine was cultivated and harvested. Dispensaries opened and product was put in consumers hands.
While the medicine was legal as of October 26th, the growers were waiting for optimal harvesting conditions, which mostly occurred after Thanksgiving.
So most licensed dispensaries waited until December to officially open and dispense to patients.
Today is January 15th. This is the day that monthly commerce reporting for December is due, to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Melissa Miller of the OMMA explains that these reports are mandatory even if a licensed Medical Marijuana Business (MMB) has no sales to report or even product acquired for future sales.
We asked if these reports will be made public, or at least the accumulative numbers released. We're still waiting for that answer.
But the OMMA has been very forthcoming with licensing data. They provide weekly status data, announcing totals and breaking down each category.
Our data was taken from the OMMA Twitter reports. Each week this info was compiled by SoonerPolitics and inserted into several pages of our spreadsheet.
The first page compares the number of licensed patients with the number of dispensaries licensed. Keep in mind that many dispensary license holders have not yet opened and may not have immediate plans to do so. We can see that current numbers would average less than 40 customers per dispensary. That averages less than 2 sales per day; hardly enough to sustain business operations.
Along the bottom of the chart you can click on the total granted licenses in each category.
Market observers guess that less than 30% of the dispensary license holders are open with full time consistent hours of operation.
Health Dept Director, Tom Bates, projected nearly 80,000 licenses will be granted by September 0f 2019.
These 6 pages provide totals and graphs of the licenses granted by the OMMA. There has been an upsurge of patient licenses in the last month.