In the past decade the US has seen a vast change in societal prejudices regarding pharmacology. Ten years ago, pharmacy stocks were skyrocketing and the medical community was somewhat of a lapdog for whatever the cute pharmacy reps were telling them.
If that wasn't enough to meet sales quotas, then weekend trips to conferences in exotic destinations usually resulting in getting physicians to begin writing scripts for the 'latest, greatest' drugs to come along.
Old drugs were regarded with a generational snobbery which is often closely matching the same dates when patent protections expired.
But recently we've seen several researchers bravely exploring the medical impacts of a raw and ancient herb called cannabis.
Three physicians have impressed me more by their temperament and curiosity than by their medical breakthroughs. I want to introduce them to you. Two of them have been to Oklahoma recently and I have had private conversations with them. The other has spoken with people I know and trust. Watch the videos of their clinical presentations at conferences and see if you agree?
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.