BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - After 22 weeks of work, a jar of medical marijuana is ready to hit the shelves of dispensaries, and the cultivator who helped make it happen said they have to play more than the role of just the farmer.
"We control the environment, kind of like Mother Nature," said the cultivator.
For security reasons, this marijuana cultivator doesn't want to be identified.
His growing facility in Bryan County harvests 54 plants every five weeks.
It takes five licenses from the state to do it legally.
"To pull off that act of rendering out an agricultural product that is clean, safe, and understanding how to grow that product with specific light cycles and such, is incredibly difficult," said Canna Stop CEO Jason Thomas.
First, a seed is planted, and after it grows roots the plant receives up to 24 hours of light every day for six weeks.
Next, the plants are taken to a different room with dryer air conditions for the next 10 weeks.
"In the flower room, we change the light cycle, it goes 12 hours on, 12 hours off," said the cultivator.
Once that 10 week period is up ... its time to harvest the plant.
The plant is then dried for two weeks, and shipped off to labs in Oklahoma City where it undergoes tests required by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to make sure it's safe for consumers.
"Flower sample goes to a state approved lab, and all of the lab tests have to be approved and passed before we can sell the product," said the cultivator.
After about a week of testing, the marijuana is shipped back to where it was grown, then the cultivator will let it cure for two more weeks.
From seed to shelf in 22 weeks, the marijuana is ready to be sold to dispensaries.
"Hats off to the farmers who can pull this off just to render out a final product," said Thomas.