Why No One Wants to Talk About Ulcers.
Fifty years ago, one of the biggest healthcare challenges was the stomach ulcer. Pharmaceuticals were making vast wealth off the introduction of new antacids to give patients some hope of better relief, but they were all told that they had a mental health problem. Namely, they weren't dealing with stress and their lives, and that stress created the ulcer.
So several millions of people were carrying a dangerous bacterial infection, and spreading it to many others. Not only were these patients lied to and left to suffer for the rest of their shortened lives; but they were shamed openly as poorly dealing with stress.
Then a curious county coroner in the Outback of Australia started collecting data on deceased individuals and saw the correlation of the bacterial presence and the health records indicating that ulcers were diagnosed. Dr. Barry Marshall eventually got the help of Dr. Robin Warren
But there was a complete stonewall of defiance from the established medical research gatekeepers. Every request for research help was immediately rebuffed without so much as curiosity about their unorthodox hypothesis.
Then my assessor friend elaborated on the new medical marijuana industry..
"The OTC Ag card application for sales tax exemption does require the applicant to name their business and/or crop and always has. Thank you for asking. What we are seeing from some of the Marijuana businesses is that they have no idea of required business reporting practices especially for Ad Valorem purposes.
Also the law was poorly written with no direction for implementing before the law came into effect."
So: If you're seeking an agricultural tax exemption for the production on your farm, you do need to state your crop production details, just like factories & wholesalers do.
We don't blame the OBNDD for doing their statutory duty. In fact, patients should be thankful that someone is looking out for consumers and keeping the dispensaries accountable.
It further drives home the warning to dispensary owners to be very very careful whom your business associates are. If one clerk had been doing this without his boss knowing; that clerk could cost the dispensary owners their entire operation, even if they had no idea what was happening.
It also warns dispensaries not to deal with shady suppliers who may be trucking in illegal cannabis from another state. that too, would result in this same outcome.
Nigel manages the medical research and drug policy topics at SoonerPolitics. He comes to Oklahoma with an international perspective and a background in homeopathic herbs and agrarian culture.