Med­i­cal pot run­ning low in Ok­la­homa

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TULSA — A lim­ited sup­ply of med­i­cal mar­i­juana in Ok­la­homa means some pa­tients are pay­ing premium prices and busi­nesses are run­ning out of prod­ucts.

Healthy Buds Dis­pen­sary in Tulsa sells out of mar­i­juana buds faster than owner Michael Mon­roe can re­stock from his Ok­la­homa City grower, The Tulsa World re­ported.

Mon­roe said he’s seen cus­tomers from as far away as Mi­ami, Okla., about 90 miles north­east of Tulsa, since he be­gan pub­li­ciz­ing that he would be sell­ing buds.

“Hon­estly, it’s the older cus­tomers com­ing in,” said Mon­roe, who had to close his shop for a few hours this week af­ter run­ning out of sup­plies. “I would say 80 per­cent of them are older than 50.”

In June, Ok­la­homa vot­ers ap­proved use of mar­i­juana for medic­i­nal pur­poses.

While the state be­gan ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for li­censes from pa­tients, grow­ers, dis­pen­saries and care­givers in Au­gust, many li­censed med­i­cal mar­i­juana busi­nesses in the state aren’t ex­pected to be­gin mar­i­juana bud sales be­fore De­cem­ber, when wide­spread har­vests are ex­pected to be com­plete.

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