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Oklahoma: Majority Of Voters Endorse Marijuana Law Reform

  • by Sabrina Fendrick September 20, 2013

    OK NORML

    Oklahoma, City, OK:  A majority of likely Oklahoma voters back legalizing the use of medical marijuana and also support de-penalizing pot possession penalties for recreational users, according to survey data released by SoonerPoll.com and commissioned by the Oklahoma state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

    Seventy-one percent of respondents said that they support amending state law to allow for physician-authorized patients to consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Twenty states and Washington, DC, have enacted similar policies since 1996.

    Oklahoma citizens also strongly backed amending state criminal laws that presently outlaw the plant’s social use.  Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that they preferred treating minor marijuana violations as a non-criminal, fine-only offense.  Violators of such a policy would not be subject to arrest, face jail time, or receive a criminal record.  Sixteen states already impose similar ‘depenalization’ policies.  Two states, Colorado and Washington, have eliminated all criminal and civil penalties surrounding the possession of small quantities of marijuana by adults.

    Finally, over 81 percent of Oklahoma respondents agreed that state lawmakers, not the federal government, ought to be the final arbiters to decide whether “[state] laws regarding whether the use of marijuana [are] legal or not.”

    Over 400 hundred likely voters participated in the statewide scientific poll, which possesses a margin or error of ±4.9 percent.

    Oklahoma’s marijuana penalties are among the most punitive in the county.  Sales of any amount of cannabis are punishable by two years to life in prison.  Subsequent minor marijuana possession offenses are punishable by two to ten years in prison.

    For more information, please contact: http://norml.org/chapters/ok.

    53 Responses to “Oklahoma: Majority Of Voters Endorse Marijuana Law Reform”

    1. Cat Cassie says:

      Wow! I feel sorry for the people in Oklahoma. Maybe since the tide is turning their suffering will end soon.

    2. Skitskats says:

      It is a corrupt and immoral public
      policy that jails cannabis offenders
      when statistacally speaking
      Cannabis is much safer than
      Alchohol

    3. dk says:

      “Sales of any amount of cannabis are punishable by two years to life in prison.”
      You know, someday, people will look back on these old drug laws and see it the same way that we see burning witches at the stake. They’ll be appalled at the stories of police busting down doors, killing pets and sometimes innocent people.Then, they’ll be really surprised when we tell them that the government had these ‘forfeiture laws’ that said that they could steal everything in sight !They will be just as frightened as we were as children, when our parents told us about Nazi Germany !!!

    4. Voice of the Resistance says:

      Ok Oklahoma good for you! Now close your eyes, and take a trip back in time to Nazi Germany 1938;then open your eyes and come to Idaho.

    5. Gone2PotLessNess says:

      A link to THE SoonerPoll survey data would be helpful…

      Is this being politically hidden / suppressed???
      (Nothing RECENT found by using Gooogle search).
      Nothing displayed on the OK NORML pages, either… :(

      Despite this lack of definitive data,
      I still believe that ordinary Oklahomans are way ahead of their cannabis-repressive guberment and so-called representatives.

      And…
      At least Oklahoma HAS a citizen’s initiative process
      in which petition signature-drives for legal reform IS possible.

      This is unlike the state I presently reside,
      where letter-writing campaigns to a primarily
      cannabis-hostile / cannabis-ignorant “Repug” House and Senate majority
      (“reps” whom I never voted into office / always voted against electing in),
      is the ONLY option.

    6. Gone2PotLessNess says:

      Two, more detailed versions of same OK MJ reform polling-data news story at:

      Stop The Drug War:
      http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/sep/21/poll_oklahomans_ready_marijuana

      AND

      The Oklahoma Observer:
      https://www.okobserver.net/2013/09/18/new-poll-sooners-embrace-medical-marijuana/

    7. Gone2PotLessNess says:

      The Oklahoma Observer article
      “New Poll: Sooners Embrace Medical Marijuana”
      https://www.okobserver.net/2013/09/18/new-poll-sooners-embrace-medical-marijuana/

      provides the greatest-detailed percentage-numbers from the SoonerPoll… :) 😀

      citing that
      “..opposition to marijuana reform, (is) from lobbyists from private prisons, pharmaceutical corporations and some law enforcement agencies…”

      …in other words, the USUAL culprits…

    8. Great article! I was amazed when you said, “Finally, over 81 percent of Oklahoma respondents agreed that state lawmakers, not the federal government, ought to be the final arbiters to decide whether “[state] laws regarding whether the use of marijuana [are] legal or not.” That’s such a large number. Good for the Oklahoma people to stand up for what they want though!

    9. vickia52 says:

      go oklahoma

    10. vickia52 says:

      yeah, oklahoma! hopefully ohio will be next!

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