ADVOCACY. EDUCATION. COMMUNITY.
As the chamber of commerce for the cannabis industry in Oklahoma, our primary purpose is to advocate for the industry before policymakers at every level of government, but this includes more than simply lobbying. The OCIA conducts constant industry research and data collection to provide the best information to our members and policymakers, as well as, regular networking events, educational forums, and supply chain growth opportunities. At OCIA, we believe it is necessary to shift the paradigm surrounding cannabis from an approach of controlling an illegal narcotic to policies built upon supporting a new agricultural commodity and opportunities for medical innovation. This starts with implementing public policy that reflects a business friendly environment, supports patient accessibility and medical research, and helps position Oklahoma as a national leader in cannabis production and product development in advance of national decriminalization. Our goal is the establishment of an innovative, industry-leading cannabis industry in Oklahoma built upon industry collaboration, community partnerships, enhanced market development and analysis, and a robust presence at our policy making institutions.
Our staff and members work extensively with Oklahoma House and Senate members, our Congressional delegation, regulatory agencies, and local governments to advance legislative and regulatory policies supporting a friendly environment for Oklahoma’s cannabis industry, ensuring access for patients, and forging new opportunities for economic development. Our members determine our policy priorities, which our staff and leadership team take to our policymakers to educate them on the dynamics facing our industry and possible solutions. From the Capitol to local town halls, we are dedicated to educating policymakers on critical issues for our industry. Our monthly OCIA Policy & Pints events feature discussions with key regulators and policymakers, while our OCIA In the Field features facility tours for policymakers to learn about our industry followed by dinner with OCIA members.
INDUSTRY RESEARCH & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
We monitor the most recent industry figures, trends and developments to demonstrate the impact of Oklahoma’s cannabis industry. In addition to providing our members with the most current data on market trends, investment opportunities, and industry best practices, we aim to facilitate the growth of a sustainable, healthy medical cannabis market through collaborative opportunities for partnership and investment amongst our members. Our goal is to provide our members with the highest probability of success with product development and market realization. As an association, we are focused on creating a culture of collaboration to improve opportunities in this burgeoning market and beyond.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Through partnerships with the business, medical and agricultural communities, we offer continuing education and training opportunities for our membership and community stakeholders regarding new technologies, research and development, and best practices. Our monthly OCIA Members Events feature presentations and trainings on issues including regulatory compliance and updates, accounting practices, production technologies, facilities and infrastructure, medical professional education, and more. Our members have access to professional development opportunities, compliance guidance, and trade show booths.