Oklahoma Voters Prepare to Vote for Medical Marijuana Legalization

Medical marijuana will be high on the list of topics Oklahoma’s voters consider as they head to the polls on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for their primary election.

In addition to selecting party candidates for November’s general election, voters in the Sooner State will get to cast their ballots on the timely topic of legalizing medical marijuana with State Question 788.

Oklahoma’s ballot initiative was approved for circulation by the Secretary of State in late April.  State Question 788 seeks to legalize, tax, and regulate medicinal cannabis and would establish the framework under which Oklahoma dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processors could legally operate under the guidance of the Oklahoma Department Of Health.

State Question 788, in addition to allowing qualified patients the use of medicinal cannabis, would grant licensed medical marijuana patients the right to cultivate up to six mature plants.

If passed, State Question 788 would allow qualified patients to:

  • legally consume marijuana
  • legally possess up to 3 ounces, or 85 grams, of marijuana on their person
  • legally grow up to six mature marijuana plants
  • possess no more than six seedlings (starters)
  • legally possess no more than 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of marijuana concentrates
  • legally possess 8 ounces of marijuana in their residence

State Question 788 would legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma for any doctor-authorized condition. The ballot language states:

“This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician.”

If State Question 788 passes on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, medical marijuana cards and licenses would be issued by the Oklahoma Department of Health (DOH), which will have 60 days after passage to establish their regulatory office and 30 days to post applicable information on the DOH website. Good for one year, Oklahoma’s medical marijuana licenses will typically cost $100 per applicant, and $20 for Medicaid patients.

Recent polling conducted by SoonerPoll.com suggests medical marijuana could very well be made legal after Tuesday’s primary vote.

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