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Oklahoma Will Vote on Medical Marijuana in June

January 5, 2018
Gov. Mary Fallin dropped the measure into the June 2018 primary, not the big November midterm election. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced yesterday that the state’s voters will finally get the chance to decide whether to approve or reject the legalization of medical cannabis. Fallin set the vote for June 26, a primary election. She had the option to move it to the Nov. 6 general election, but chose to go with the earlier date.

If approved, State Question 788 would permit patients 18 years and older to legally possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis.

“Backers of this proposal to legalize medical marijuana followed procedures and gathered the more than 66,000 required signatures to submit the issue to a vote of the people,” Fallin said on Thursday. “I’m fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year.”

If approved by voters, State Question 788 would permit doctors to recommend a patient, who is at least 18 years old, for a state-issued medical marijuana license. A license holder would be allowed to legally possess up to 3 ounces of flower, six mature plants and six seedlings. Those limits could be increased by individual counties or cities.

Supporters of an initiative petition asking voters to legalize medical marijuana gathered enough signatures in 2016 to schedule a statewide referendum on the measure, but the initiative got tied up in the courts over the state attorney general’s ballot title language. 

As NORML’s Paul Armentano reported earlier today, the state’s supreme court ruled 7 to 1 that the attorney general’s rewording of the ballot measure was misleading, and ordered that the measure’s initial language be restored.

Currently, the cultivation or distribution of cannabis is classified as a felony offense punishable by up to life in prison in Oklahoma.

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  • Hinhan Ska Hoksila Haney

    It’s good that we’re finally getting rational about this in Oklahoma.

  • Jo Harold

    this is an infographic to help you decide:

    • DaveTheKnave
      • The marijuana laws were racist in design. “Reefer Madness” just shows the stupidity, backward, feckless, propaganda, and lies that fooled a nation into making marijuana illegal.
        Jeff Sessions says he isn’t a racist. Jeff is having a tough time with opioid addiction deaths (60,000 a year) and marijuana can save lives. Sessions is an old fuddy dutty but he is also a man courageous enough to change his mind when the facts prove his preconceived notions are wrong. Sessions takes marijuana off of Schedule One he will be a hero and cinch a Trump landslide in 2020. It will also create jobs and deny cash to organized crime/terrorists. If Sessions doubles down against marijuana he will be for asset forfeiture, prisons and the slavery that goes along with incarceration. He will be a friend of liquor industry, big pharma, and worst of all, he will give aid and comfort to the Demorats. Sessions is an honorable southern gentleman, I expect him to do the right thing and go down in history as a hero and not Gunga Din for the Demorats.

      • xMermaidxLadyx

        You’re joking, right? ……Funny!