Oklahoma Goes Green Sooner Than Later!
Last week, Oklahoma shocked the world by becoming the 31st state to vote in legal cannabis for medical use. There are plenty of states that were predicted to vote this way well before the actual balloting took place. Oregon, Massachusetts and Nevada were all locks in recent years, but two of them are blue states year after year and Nevada is always a pivotal swing state come election time. But, Oklahoma is as red as they come and that alone is worth digging into deeper.
Oklahoma has come a long way since filing a lawsuit against their neighbor Colorado a few short years ago. I personally can attest to the white hot CBD market in Oklahoma – it’s booming and stores everywhere are selling it. The people there have grown accustomed to seeing hemp products all over and they are cool with it. What does something like that tell you? A state that shares a border with a state like Colorado gets put in an interesting position. A large population of your citizens begin to frequently make the drive over to get the medicine they can’t get at home. They bring it right back across state lines and then it floods the community. Over time those communities have plenty of people that have become convinced that they can do something about it at home, by beating the drum and committing to changing their own state laws. They did just that, giving their own people the opportunity of a lifetime and now the real race begins. That is in the minds of all the entrepreneurs that are going to be part of the industry that forms there in the coming months.
In my opinion, this will set off a chain of votes over the next few years that will change the landscape of the industry. That state is in the most conservative part of the country, and it shares large borders with both Kansas and money making Texas. How many more red states will make the transition in the upcoming years? Only time will tell for sure, but it’s crystal clear to many conservatives now that were either on the fence or flat out opposed to it a few years ago: cannabis can’t kill you, it’s miraculously effective when nothing else seems to work, and it’s absurd not to have the choice of medicine you want as an American citizen for yourself and family.