Business & Industry

When deciding where to locate or expand, companies consider numerous factors including a state’s tax policies, regulations, legal climate and cost of labor. While Oklahoma has made marked improvements in recent years, our business climate is still lacking in many areas. Our research highlights key business data, assesses the economic impact of various industries and identifies ways to encourage growth.



Issue Brief: Federal Regulation of Medical Marijuana

Issue Brief: Federal Regulation of Medical Marijuana

February 25, 2019

In June 2018, Oklahoma became the 31st state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. The federal government, however, does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational uses of marijuana. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which makes any distribution of marijuana a federal offense.

Issue Brief: Occupational Licensing Burdens

Issue Brief: Occupational Licensing Burdens

February 21, 2019

Occupational licensing has grown to be one of the most onerous barriers to entering the workforce in the United States. In the early 1950s, less than five percent of workers were licensed by a state to do his or her job. As of 2018, 19% of workers were licensed nationwide. While a license is warranted for some occupations, many states have unnecessarily placed burdensome licensing requirements on occupations that have little connection to public safety. This issue brief looks at the burden of licensing in Oklahoma and the occupational licensing reform efforts currently underway.

Issue Brief: Medical Marijuana and the 2019 Legislative Session

Issue Brief: Medical Marijuana and the 2019 Legislative Session

November 16, 2018

The passage of State Question 788 in June 2018 made Oklahoma the 31st of 33 states to legalize medical marijuana. The quick implementation timeline of SQ 788, the controversy surrounding the Department of Health’s rules for the medical marijuana program, and the continued federal prohibition on marijuana raise a number of questions that legislators should address during the upcoming Legislative Session.