Despite staunch opposition, Oklahoma voted on Tuesday June 26th, 2018 to become the 30th state in the U.S. to approve medical marijuana. State Question 788 was first introduced more than two years ago and faced opposition from law enforcement and many political leaders. With it’s passage, the cultivation, sale, and use of medicinal cannabis is now legal in Oklahoma. The bill is not specific as to which conditions will be covered and allows for physicians to be in control of who will be granted access to legal medical marijuana.
What State Question 788 Contains
According to CBS News, under State Question 788, “a two-year medical cannabis license would allow someone to possess up to 8 ounces of cannabis, six mature plants and six seedlings, along with edibles and concentrated forms of the drug.”
The rather obscure nature of the bill opened it up for major criticism from opponents. The Republican Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin fears that due to there being few limits to State Question 788, recreational cannabis is being “essentially legalized.” Gov. Fallin has also suggested that Oklahoma hold a special session of Congress to determine what regulations on medical cannabis are necessary.
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Despite Detractors, Many Support Medical Cannabis in Oklahoma
Though SQ 788 faces criticism from Oklahoma’s governor and law enforcement officials, many of the state’s citizens support the bill and the reasons are clear. Oklahomans see the good that medical cannabis legalization has done for the other 29 states that have done so.
Many of Oklahoma’s citizens see states like Colorado where large amounts of tax revenue collected from cannabis have been used to fund education and other projects and they want a piece of the pie. One man, 58 year old Robert Pemberton said, “They’ve got excess money, and we need that, especially for our teachers,” Pemberton said. “I think we need the revenue from it. I think we need the money. Our state’s in trouble financially and I think it would really help.”
Oklahoma will experiment over the next few months with what will work best in terms of regulatory packages but after Tuesday it is clear that they will have some sort of legal medical cannabis program for years to come.
Lane is based in Southern California and is a content curator for Medical Marijuana 411. He focuses his research into finding informative stories that can help medical marijuana patients better understand their diverse medicine.