A judge in Oklahoma ordered the 60-day suspension of a rule requiring medical cannabis companies in the state to use the Metrc system hired by the regulators for the service to track sales of seeds.
Okmulgee District Court Special Judge Pandee Ramirez’s order comes about two weeks after Dr. Metrcs tracking platform.
The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, questions whether the Oklahoma Department of Health has exceeded its legal authority to implement a seed-to-sale program and have more than 10,000 MMJ licensees paying for the program are obliged.
In particular, Dr. Z Leaf argued that regulators falsely gave Metrc a monopoly over the service, The Oklahoman reported.
The judge’s order prevents the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority from obliging MMJ companies to purchase products such as plant labels from Metrc, according to the newspaper.
Beau Zoellner, the Dr. Z Leaf has argued that his company already has a good relationship with another seed-to-sale provider that doesn’t require customers to purchase product labels.
The judge said she would reopen the case on June 29, The Oklahoman reported.
According to the judge’s order, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority cannot require companies to use Metrc while the 60-day suspension is in place. However, companies are still required to submit monthly compliance reports.
However, companies can still use Metrc if they choose, according to The Oklahoman.