Voters to Decide on Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Legalization This Summer

Voters to Decide on Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Legalization This Summer

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This past summer voters in the Sooner State learned that they’d have an opportunity to vote on Oklahoma medical cannabis legalization in 2018, but the exact election date wasn’t clear until now.

On Jan. 4, 2018, Gov. Mary Fallin announced that State Question 788, a medical cannabis ballot measure, is going to be on the primary election ballot on June 26.

“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 in a press release. “I’m fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year.”

If voters in the Sooner State approve Oklahoma medical cannabis legalization, physicians would be allowed to use their own discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients who are 18 or older, instead of being limited to making recommendations to patients with conditions on a pre-approved list of qualifying conditions.

Once certified, a patient would be permitted to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis outside of home and up to 8 ounces at home, as well as be allowed to have a home grow of six mature plants and six seedlings.

The passage of Oklahoma medical cannabis legalization in 2018 would also regulate the licensed cultivation, processing and retailing of medical cannabis, with retail sales incurring a 7% tax.

According to the most recent polling data, conducted by SoonerPoll in 2013, 71% of voters support Oklahoma becoming a medical cannabis state.

Caroline Cahill was the Managing Editor of MJINews from June 2014 through February 2018. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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