Bethany Business Owners Find Apparent Medical Marijuana Waste Scattered Across Property

Thursday, January 9th 2020, 1:43 pm

Some businesses in Bethany are looking for answers after trash, believed to be from a nearby medical marijuana processor, was pulled from a trash bin and scattered.

Cameras at a business near Northwest 50th Street and Rockwell Avenue caught it all around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

A man is seen ripping open a trash bag, believed to be from a trash bin near the Rancho Pura Verde processor, and rifles through it. What appears to be a woman and a dog accompany the man.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) said a complaint has not yet been filed with the organization, but they did say proper disposal depends on what is being thrown out. OMMA said buds, flower or other product should be taken to a licensed facility. The organization is working to license waste handlers.

The law does state things like stems, leaves and other parts of the plants must be burned, buried or taken care of in a way approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

“310:681-5-10. Medical marijuana waste disposal (a)All medical marijuana plant material and waste generated during the cultivation, production, processing, handling, and testing of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products must be stored, managed, and disposed of in accordance with these Rules, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Waste Management Act, 63 O.S. § 427a et seq., and any other applicable Oklahoma statutes and rules, except that medical marijuana waste shall not be subject to the provisions of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, 63 O.S. § 2-101 et seq.
(b) Licensees may dispose of root balls, stems, fan leaves, seeds, and the mature stalks or fiber produced from such stalks at the license premises by open burning, incineration, burying, mulching, composting or any other technique approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.”

Bethany Police and the grow operation itself, Rancho Pura Verde, said they're looking into what happened.

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