Oklahoma Voters Approve the Country’s Most Progressive Medical Cannabis Program

Oklahoma is the 30th U.S. state to legalize medical cannabis, but the state’s new law is notable in that it is the country’s most progressive medical marijuana program to date. The law also reduces penalties for the possession of cannabis by any individual who has a medical condition, regardless of whether or not they have a license.

Any individual aged 18 or older can apply for a two-year medical marijuana license with a physician’s approval, and minors can apply for a license with the approval of two doctors and a legal parent or guardian. License holders will be allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis flower, in addition to edible and concentrated forms of cannabis. Licensed patients will also be allowed to grow their own, and can possess up to six mature plants and six seedlings each.

The open-ended nature of SQ 788 immediately drew opposition from every quarter of the state’s conservative leadership, from Governor Mary Fallin to church and law enforcement groups.

The last-minute effort to convince Oklahomans to vote against their own interests failed, and SQ 788 passed with around 57% of the vote. The comprehensive measure may not take effect exactly as voters intended as the state’s conservative leadership is already considering ways to impose further restrictions on the program.

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