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

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 5, 2018

    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.

    28 responses to “Oklahoma: Voters To Decide In June On Sweeping Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative”

    1. Matt says:

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

      Don’t let Sessions stop us!

    2. Julian says:

      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. Hopefully Optimistic says:

      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. Simon Green says:

      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 says:

      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.

      • Julian says:

        “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?

        • Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator says:

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

          • Glenn Wickline says:

            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.

      • Anon says:

        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.

      • Californians can't read says:

        Ha Ha I guess you Californians can’t read?

    6. Dain Bramage says:

      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

      • Debbie says:

        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. Chris says:

      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. Citizen says:

      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. Okie Dokie says:

      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. saferinneworleans says:

      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!