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Carter County weed grow offering hayrides, tours of grow

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 5:36 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - An Oklahoma commercial marijuana grow outside of Dickson, Oklahoma is now offering tours to the public.

At H.I. Garden, tourists are taken on a medieval-themed hay ride and invited to peek into the farm while learning how cannabis is grown and what it can be used for.

Lindle Flatt III is one of the grow’s owners. He said whether you’re familiar or new to the industry, seeing a commercial grow in action can be very educational.

“There’s just something about being in a field with all of these plants,” Flatt said. “Everybody can grow now, and that’s a really neat and fun experience. But being in a field with hundreds or thousands and seeing and smelling row after row... You just got to experience it.”

Co-owner Anna Flatt said she wanted to create the tours because she knows customers are curious about how the grow works. She hopes to provide an opportunity for customers to look inside and see how a commercial grow functions.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions surrounding this plant-from people who are against its use and also those who promote its use,” Flatt said. “We’re not experts by any means, we’re just trying to clear up some of the scientifically known things.”

Tourist Joh Mann said she learned a lot on the tour.

“I just kind of wanted to come out and see how they were handling the business, the new opportunities with the business,” Mann said.

Mann said she uses weed to combat pain from her arthritis because she had a bad experience with the opioids her doctor prescribed.

“It took a year and a half for me to get off of those with his guidance,’’ Mann said. “Now I have the opportunity to use something that’s natural, and not addictive and actually gives me the relief I need, only at the time I need it and not all the time. Opioids you have to stay on them all the time because you have withdrawals if you have to get off. "

Co-owner Lindle Flatt Jr. said once the federal government legalizes cannabis, more doctors will be open to using it as an alternative to opioids and other medications.

“It’s only a matter of time before cannabis is legalized federally, which will make the research laboratories have the ability to research it more,” Flatt said. “You’re gonna find that what was once a demonized plant will now be a plant of miracles.”

Tourist Adam Foster said he’s been to dispensaries across the country, but this is the first time he’s had a look inside a grow.

“I love making edibles and I love knowing where it all comes from and knowing the effects that it has on me,” Foster said. “Because there is a huge medicinal area of this thing, as a veteran for me, with issues of my own.”

H I. Garden’s medieval themed tours end at the on-site dispensary.

Tours are on Saturday and Sunday, but after October tours will pause till next year. Flatt said that’s because most of the weed will be harvested.

Anyone can take the tour, but a medical marijuana card is required to purchase weed.

Sign up for a H.I. Garden tour here.

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