Wagoner Oklahoma is going all in for the medical cannabis & industrial Hemp industry. Their once flourishing downtown district now has several buildings vacant & in disrepair. They want medical cannabis proprietors to fill them up, and the city is willing to accommodate the new businesses.
Investors already decided to buy a 35,000 sq. ft. building in downtown, as well as 49 acres of land to start growing plants.
"It's very new for a small town in Oklahoma to embrace the cannabis industry as Wagoner has," said Mark Mckinney, president of The Wagoner Grow. Mckinney said it plus the acres will add 140 jobs to town in the next year."The great revival of Wagoner is going to put people walking up and down Main Street again in Wagoner. Open restaurants and consumer lounges, and microbreweries, apartment places people want to hang out and even more too," said Mckinney.
Mayor Albert Jones said this is exactly what the town needs, especially after a fire burned through several historic downtown buildings in 2017.
"This is definitely a big game changer for our city. We could be the hemp capitol of medical cannabis capitol of Oklahoma," said Jones.
As for any push back, there's been little.
"What I'm seeing is once people get down here and learning..finding out what CBD does and the health benefits of cannabis the push back stops," Jones explained.
The grow facility plans to open in about a month.
The city & county government is conservative, efficient, and liberty-minded. It's the perfect scenario for family businesses seeking to become part of a community and thrive in business.
The school districts of Wagoner County are well supported and growing.
Wagoner's district Attorney, Jack Thorp, has exercised wise discretion on what few cannabis legal matters he's had to. Last spring he contrasted with Pawhuska's DA when he told law enforcement to pull some testing samples from an interstate hemp shipment bound for Colorado. He sent the trucker on his way and the DEA got to test the samples.
The county seat is 40 minutes from downtown Tulsa.