Oklahoma: Voters To Decide In June On Sweeping Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

3410000930_95fc2866fa_zOklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients.

Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday.

State Question 788 permits physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients at their discretion. Patients possessing a state-issued medical license are permitted to engage in cannabis possession or cultivation, or they purchase marijuana products from a licensed dispensary.

Initiative proponents gathered sufficient signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. However, the vote was postponed because of litigation over contested ballot title language. In a 7 to 1 ruling in April, justices rejected the state attorney general’s rewording of the initiative’s ballot title, which proponents had argued was purposely misleading, and ordered that the measure’s initial language be restored.

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

Proponents of separate statewide medical cannabis initiatives are gathering signatures in Missouri and Utah. Proponents of a medical marijuana initiative in South Dakota have turned in their signatures and are awaiting a review by the Secretary of State’s office. In November, proponents of a voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis in Michigan turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.

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  1. Great news, especially in an arguably Red state. Patients will be so grateful.

    Don’t let Sessions stop us!

  2. Wow. And here I thought Vermont had the biggest slap… a Republican state just took off the glove slapped Jeff Sessions in the face and said “Beauregard! We deMAND satisfaction!”

  3. Please. All citizens of Oklahoma. Even if you have never voted before. Please I urge you to register and vote for this. So monumental and important. Spread the word Oklahoma! So much needless suffering from diseases can end, expensive and ridiculous legal battles.. .and It will rejuvenate our economy. VOTE YES JUNE 26 TO SQ 788

  4. This is absolutely a great news for patients who depend on medical marijuana. We are all hoping that its legalization will be prioritized as soon as possible.

  5. Ha, ha, ha Oklahoma is a RED state. If you can get a prescription it’s going to be under strict supervision and limited quanties probably limited to low to little or no THC while concentrating on the non high properties for medication.
    Ok is not California where little girls get a life-time prescription of Marijuana and grow multiple plants.

    1. “Ok is not California where little girls can get a lifetime prescription of marijuana and grow multiple plants.”

      First off, I don’t know if it’s nitrous oxide thats making you “ha ha,” but lay off of it because you are as derranged as a Trump aid trying to say calling the President “a fucking idiot” was “just a joke.”

      We’re not laughing… we’re wondering if you’re taking the same finasteride as the President that causes pychosis among other things.

      May I recommend a strain of marijuana high in CBD?

      1. Thanks for sharing! We are in communication with the Yes on 788 campaign and look forward to supporting the effort.

      2. Where can i get vote YES on 788 signs. I live on 412 alt. near Kansas okla. and would love to put them in my yard.

    2. Read the proposal befer spouting nonsense, I live on the Arkansas side of the Oklahoma border, also deep red territorry, we will be opening medical dispensaries later this year with full plant access.

  6. Right on, Oklahoma!
    Thank you, activists and donors, for laying the groundwork. You folks are getting really good at this stuff. Freedom loving Americans are grateful to you.

    Now, Oklahoma voters, it’s up to you! Get out there and do this thing! I don’t believe you want anyone serving life in prison for marijuana, as noted in the blog, above. The life you save could be your own. Vote!

    You can register to vote here, now:
    NORML Action Center: http://norml.org/act

    1. It’s time that chronic patients stop being treated like criminals because they are sick or in chronic pain come on let’s be adults about this . Where has human compassion gone .

  7. Everyone in oklahoma that is a smoker or needs this medicine or knows someone with a ailment such as pain or cancers and many many others can benifit from this. So we need to all go out asap and register to vote. Find info where to go to register so you can go out and make this change happen. Come on oklahoma lets do this. Its already all around us lets stop putting people in jail and fund our schools and rehab centers for the meth and herion addictions that are on the rise. We can do this!!

  8. When to Register
    You may submit your voter registration application form at any time. However, voter identification cards cannot be issued during the 24 days prior to an election. If your registration application is received by the county election board during the 24 days before an election, you will not receive your voter identification card until after the election.

    If you will become 18 during the 60 days before an election, you may apply for voter registration between 25 and 60 days before the election.

  9. Given how nationwide polling shows medpot getting a massive majority for support, more than there is for recpot, I wonder what the poll numbers look like in Oklahoma?

  10. We love OK. It’s the prettiest state. We’d love to visit but don’t much, since our medicine is contraband there. From the hill country around Tulsa to the Devon Tower in OKC, Oklahoma has so much to see. Good luck friends. Get ‘er done!

  11. I am from Oklahoma and a Republican and for FULL BLOWN legalization. This is a medicine so many people need what they don’t need is the government telling them they can’t have it so wrong so please Oklahoma I urge you do the right thing and vote yes..

  12. Its about time . I am probably going to do jail time for getting busted for empty baggie ,Stupid me was threatened by ok county DA totake plea , wanted jury trial . Recieved 1 year probation and same suspended sentence 50 hrs cominity service drugbtrsts 4 times a month and fines , lawler fees and 80 a month probation fers . Already out 5000$ and still owe 2500 $ failed 2 drug test and short 10 hrs com serv so hsve warent . Fsving possible year in county for revocation . My first offence in oklahoma in 15 years I lived here . Might run bsvk to Colorado but dont want hanging over my head . All this over empty bag with pot dust . That is no justice its inhumane

  13. I need legal help to finnish my case . Ran out of money for lawler and can’t get public defender since I bonded out during original bust . If NORML
    Provides legal help e mail me information , thanks

  14. Wake up people.. Oklahoma already has a huge drug addiction problem..leading to more crime and homelessness; legalizing this plant is only opening up a bigger can of worms. Marijuana affects the ‘brain’ and for people already demonstrating emotional issues the chances of becoming addicted to it, leading to more powerful drugs, is greatly increased. Unless you have already experienced these addictions in your life or family you may not see the dangers.. however I guarantee it is devastating to anyone encountering it. Legalizing the so-called ‘medical’ marijuana is only the first step the marijuana supporters will take to get the drug legalized for recreational use. This state is already infested with drugs, gangs, violence, corrupt politicians as well as physicians,, Please re-think your position to support this bill!! I understand people suffering pain but there are other ways to treat them.

  15. While I am not a marijuana user…it’s just not for me…I believe we must vote YES to help our fellow Oklahoma’s that NEED it for a multitude of ailments. I am a chronic PAIN sufferer and must be in opioids the rest of my life unfortunately and am livid at how many people abuse them and have overdosed. If people coukd LEGALLY use marijuana for their pain and anxiety etc.in Oklahoma I believe the opioid problem would decrease dramatically. OK state needs to catch up with the times and help it’s people by providing safer options instead of punishing people for trying to help themselves. Marijuana users should not be thrown in jail and ripped from their children. We need this option to remedy a multitude of problems in our state. Just because u dont understand something doesn’t mean u should be against or stand idlely by. Be proactive and educate yourselves. Just because u think YOU cannot benefit from something doesn’t mean u should not help others benefit that LEGITIMATELY need it. Help our brothers and sister in need and vote YES. I urge u to get out and vote! Yes register now and Mark ur calendars. Oklahomans need ur action. Thank you. Respectfully

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