OKLAHOMA CITY — Reps. Dick Lowe, R-Amber, Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee and Carl Newton, R-Cherokee, held an interim examine Monday and Tuesday on the state Capitol analyzing agriculture considerations arising from the expansion of medical marijuana manufacturing all through the state, in accordance with a press launch.
Particular subjects of concern included pesticide drift legal responsibility, compliance and options, and rural utilities.
“Farmers in my district and throughout the state have been asking for steering as extra marijuana grows have moved in subsequent to them,” Lowe mentioned in a press launch. “This examine was held to discover a means for 2 industries to co-exist collectively in our state, and work by means of a number of the points that farmers have introduced as much as us. We need to be sure that farmers who’ve been right here for generations can proceed to prosper and that any guidelines put in place are equitable for all.”
The examine was mixed with one by Newton that targeted on discovering frequent floor between farmers spraying their crops with herbicide and pesticides and marijuana growers who declare drift is affecting their product. The aim is to curb lawsuits filed by the latter.
“Farmers are absolutely the spine of our society as they work to assist maintain us all fed,” Newton mentioned. “Oklahoma farmers want some readability and a few promise of safety from legal responsibility as they spray their crops in the best way they’ve for many years. On the identical time, we understand we now have a brand new trade on our fingers, and we need to be sure each can share the land in a means that protects all.”
Through the examine, Adria Berry, the latest director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, gave an outline of the company and a preview of future work.
Mark Woodward, public info officer for the Oklahoma Bureau of Harmful Medication Management, mentioned prison investigations all through the state, presenting a PowerPoint titled “Medical Marijuana the Darkish Aspect of the Business.”
Kenny Naylor, director of Shopper Safety Companies on the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Meals and Forestry, detailed the pesticide criticism course of.
Representatives with the Oklahoma Rural Water Affiliation spoke in regards to the influence of hashish develop operations on rural water programs within the state.
Among the many greater than two dozen audio system within the examine was former Speaker of the Home Jeff Hickman, now with the Grain and Feed Affiliation, who mentioned group cooperation.
Additionally represented throughout the examine was the Oklahoma Agriculture Aviation Affiliation, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Affiliation, the Affiliation of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the Pesticide Security Schooling Program at Oklahoma State College, the Oklahoma Division of Transportation, the Division of Environmental High quality (DEQ), the Oklahoma State Division of Well being, the Oklahoma Water Sources Board and rural water districts, electrical suppliers, and growers, processors and agriculture producers.
Different interim research on completely different facets of the medical marijuana trade are scheduled for later this fall.
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