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Medical marijuana in Oklahoma: One year on

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Marijuana plants being cultivated for medical use. (KTEN) Marijuana plants being cultivated for medical use. (KTEN)

MADILL, Okla. -- From the soil to the shelves, marijuana is booming in Oklahoma, exactly one year after becoming the 30th state to legalize the medical use of the plant.

Just ask Weston Chapman, a grower who owns the Texoma House of Cannabis dispensary in Madill.

"Right now, it's hard and fast, and we are trying to figure it out as we go," he said. "There's over 5,000 people a week getting cards, and we are getting calls daily asking for recommendations ... more people are coming around to how well it actually works."

After 12 months, Oklahoma has become the No. 3 state for medical marijuana usage, and distributors say that figure is only increasing.

According to the state's Medical Marijuana Authority, there are now more than 3,000 growers, and over 60,000 patients.

While that's welcome news for some, Marshall County Sheriff Danny Cryer says there are downsides.

"We now have to ask and make sure they have their medical marijuana card," he said. "If not, if just puts another step in the process."

In fact, Cryer said 95 percent of calls to his agency are related to medical marijuana.

"The amount of people that are in possession of medical marijuana that we come into contact with is almost double what it was," he said.

Cannabis questions are growing just as fast as the plants themselves. For instance: What if your employer has a problem with your use of pot at work?

"Currently in the State of Oklahoma, an employer can't take an adverse action against that person because they have a license, or solely because they test positive for marijuana," said attorney Steve Broussard.

There's still a lot gray area for these green plants as the state continues to weed out the kinks surrounding use of medical marijuana.

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