Medical Marijuana Is Legalized In Oklahoma
On June 26, 2018, the voters of the state of Oklahoma said yes to state question 788. Essentially becoming the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana. This win came as a shock to the country as Oklahoma is a primarily red state.
Another reason this came as a shock is because there was not a huge backing of funding to promote this state question. In other states, like Colorado, there were big campaigns for the legalization of medical marijuana. This was obviously not the case in Oklahoma.
Actually, days before the vote, there was a big campaign to push the voters to say no that came into play. The campaign was funded by lawmakers, doctors, and faith leaders. The anti-medical commercials did not stop the voters from resounding yes at 57% compared to the no at 47%.
The state question ballot read as the following:
This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician.
The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the applicant is eighteen years or older and an Oklahoma resident. A special exception will be granted to an applicant under the age of eighteen, however, these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian. The Department will also issue seller, grower, packaging, transportation, research and caregiver licenses. Individual and retail businesses must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees.
The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana for individuals who can state a medical condition is a fine not exceeding four hundred dollars. Fees and zoning restrictions are established. A seven percent state tax is imposed on medical marijuana sales.
Almost a million voters turned out to vote for state question 788. This is an all-time high in Oklahoma history, especially for a vote during primary elections for governor. Although Gov. Fallon has stated that she would hold a special legislative meeting to go over regulations if the question passed before the vote.
She has since stated that the emergency rules that will be implemented by the state department will be sufficient. Fallon has also told the residents of Oklahoma that if there is an issue with any of the rules they can vote in the spring to amend them.
This is a huge step forward for the state of Oklahoma. This proves that the sounding board for those wanting better medical solutions is reaching all the way to the midwest. It shows that you do not have to have all the money in the world backing you if you are backing something that will truly help people.