Oklahoma Says “Yes” to Marijuana
OKLAHOMA – June 28, 2018
After an emotional debate, voters in Oklahoma said “yes” to a bill that legalized medical marijuana in the state. 56.8 percent of voters favored State Question 788, while 43.2 percent opposed. The historic passage of SQ 788 will end the outright prohibition against marijuana that has existed in the state since 1933.
The 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. The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the applicant is eighteen years or older and an Oklahoma resident. A special exception will be needed for applicants under the age of eighteen, however these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian. The Department will also issue seller, grower, packaging, transportation, research and caregiver licenses. Individual and retail businesses must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees. The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana for individuals who can state a medical condition is a fine not exceeding four hundred dollars. Fees and zoning restrictions are established. A seven percent state tax is imposed on medical marijuana sales.
Oklahoma will join 29 other states as well as the District of Columbia who have legalized medical marijuana. Gov. Mary Fallin has said she is likely to call a special session of the Oklahoma Legislature to create a more robust regulatory framework similar to those found in other states.