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OMMA is aware of an issue in the Thentia licensing portal which is hindering some commercial applications from moving past the Person of Interest page. This issue might impact some renewal and currently rejected applications.

 

We are working diligently with the licensing vendor to address the situation as quickly as possible. OMMA will work with any licensee affected by this issue to ensure minimal disruption to its operations. If you think you have been affected by this issue, please contact us at omma.ok.gov/contact.

Bond Requirement

Senate Bill 913 (2023) took effect April 20, 2023, and requires commercial medical marijuana grower license applicants and licensees to submit proof of one of the following to OMMA:

  • A surety bond covering the area of land within the permit area upon which the business licensee will initiate and conduct commercial growing operations, or;
  • An attestation and accompanying documentation showing that the permit area on which the licensee will initiate or conduct growing operations has been owned by the licensee for at least 5 years before submitting the application.
All commercial grower license applicants must submit the bond or attestation on these  forms:

The bond shall be in an amount no less than $50,000 for each license and shall be issued by a surety company qualified to do business in the State of Oklahoma as a surety. OMMA may require a higher amount depending on the reclamation requirements.

Who does this affect? 

This requirement is in effect for existing licensed growers and grower license applicants as of April 20, 2023. New or renewal grower license applications initially submitted after April 20, 2023, must submit this documentation as part of their application. OMMA will verify the bond or attestation of land ownership during the review process of a new or renewal license application.

What do I do to prove land ownership?

Licensees can submit an attestation and accompanying documentation showing that the permit area on which the licensee will initiate or conduct commercial growing operations has been owned by the licensee for at least 5 years before submitting an application. Accompanying documents may include, but are not limited to, a recorded property deed, a court order, conveyance, or other document(s) proving land ownership.

How is this information submitted?

The Surety Bond Form or Attestation of Land Ownership Form and accompanying documentation may be uploaded under the location information section of a grower license application, or it can also be emailed to OMMABonds@omma.ok.gov.

Bonds that expire shall be renewed prior to 30 days before the expiration date of the bond. Upon expiration of a bond, commercial grower licensees shall provide proof to OMMA on forms and in a manner prescribed by OMMA of a new alternate bond or attestation and accompanying documentation meeting the requirements of OAC 442:10-5-3.3 before the date of expiration of the previous bond.

What if I’ve already submitted my application?

Pursuant to 63 O.S. § 427.14, OMMA rejects any application not meeting the requirements of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act ("OMMPPA"). The provisions of SB 913 (2023) requiring growers to provide a surety bond or proof of land ownership are a part of the OMMPPA. Accordingly, OMMA will reject applications initially submitted to OMMA after April 20, 2023, by current licensees and new business applicants that do not have records on file with OMMA as required by SB 913 (2023).

You may find rule citations on this page helpful. For a more comprehensive understanding, review all OMMA Rules at omma.ok.gov/rules. If you have questions about the rules, OMMA encourages you to seek legal counsel.

Last Modified on Feb 07, 2024