As far as convenient stores go, 7-Eleven is a staple. While it can be a one stop shop for snacks, batteries, hemp wraps, motor oil, Big Gulps and more, patrons in Oklahoma will now have to go farther than next door to get some ganja to go along with their RAW Black papers.
7-Eleven Inc. bought four Oklahoma buildings in January that included marijuana dispensaries. According to KFOR, the company has refused to renew the dispensaries’ licenses.
“A lot of our patients are in their 50s, 60s, 70s,” said dispensary owner Starla Norwood. Norwood and her husband are registered nurses who opened Nurses Station.
Norwood said she received an email from 7-Eleven notifying her of the company decision to decline lease renewal and issuing her a 14-day notice to vacate.
“What we’re hearing from 7-Eleven is they consider this a criminal activity and money laundering, and there are 300,000 Oklahomans with medical cards, and they seem to think their business is not important,” Norwood continued.
Norwood added that relocating is not as simple of a task as it may seem.
“We’re trying to look for a new place but it’s difficult It’s not an easy thing to do. There’s not a lot of places that start out with the answers is no. The ones that are available want really high rent,” said Norwood.
“It is devastating. This is just heartbreaking for my entire family.”
Christian Oliver, owner of Gayle’s Dispensary, received a similar notice as Norwood regarding his company.
“There wasn’t any kind of written notice, there wasn’t any kind of attempt at dialogue. There wasn’t any kind of approach to investigate it. It was just like, ‘no get out,’” Oliver said.
“The new owner does not want to lease to the cannabis industry. It’s a company out of Texas so I have until July 31 to vacate the premises,” added Oliver.
The state of Oklahoma has changed some of its policies regarding its medical marijuana legislation passed in March 2019, HB 26126. Oklahomans with medical marijuana licenses are permitted to have up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home, up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person, up to 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana, up to 72 ounces of edible marijuana, up to 6 mature marijuana plants and up to 6 seedling plants.
Consuming marijuana at home is legal but illegal in public places. Licensed medical marijuana patients can legally drive with cannabis in the car within state lines as long as it is in a closed container and out of the driver’s reach.
Those possessing an excess of 1.5 ounces of marijuana flower without a medical marijuana license are subject to a misdemeanor charge with a fine, but no jail time.