Sooners is the name given to settlers who entered the Unassigned Lands in what is now the state of Oklahoma before the official start of the Land Rush of 1889. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the designation “Sooner” initially had a very negative connotation. However, that began to change by the time of statehood, and the appellation is no longer considered negative by most residents.
Its time for round two in a bit of a different context. Cannabis, specifically medicinal cannabis is happening and there are plenty of Sooners on the path. The early settlers certainly will have their trials and tribulations, clearing the path for the future of cannabis, culture and commerce in the state. The Sooner spirit is alive and well Oklahoma, and we have one of the most sensible medical program in the country.
Last Friday I attended the first OK Entrepreneurial Cannabis Leadership meeting organized by Jay “Greengrow” Wright. Wright has created a space where those interested in medical cannabis business opportunities are welcome to come share who they are, what they do, and what they are looking for or have to offer.
It was a great event, with many people taking initiative to get up and speak. There were growers, processors, retailers along with doctors and lawyers, scientists and engineers. An amazing array encompassing the true vastness of the cannabis industry. The meeting lasted about two hours with many of us staying to keep the networking going into the night.
A beautiful aspect of all this was, two hours before, none of us knew anyone at the meeting. If you have ever gone down the cannabis commerce road, you know it is a pretty lonely feeling. The tasks are many and some of the hills, turn into mountains with the amount of effort it takes to get over them. Here we found fellow climbers, many with other skill sets that perhaps we lack that would compliment our dreams and we have perhaps the key that might help it unlock it for them. Cooperation and teamwork are essential to success in any business and here in our canna-world it is probably even bigger.