June 27, 2018, Oklahoma
Oklahoma has become the 30th state to legalize cannabis for therapeutic use. Yesterday, Oklahomans voted on the state question 788 for the legalization of MMJ. According to initial reports, 56.3 percent voted in favor while 43.7 percent voted against the measure. Experts are terming Oklahoma’s MMJ legislation as one of the most unrestricted cannabis measures of the country.
Nearly two years ago, advocates of the medical use of marijuana in Oklahoma led a successful signature campaign for adding the Question of legalization in public ballot amid strong opposition from business community, law enforcement agencies and religious folks. However, polls and surveys were telling altogether a different story, suggesting that the majority of state residents were in favor of medical cannabis legalization.
Oklahoma has always been known for its conservative political choices. But, for cannabis, things have been improved in last few years. For instance, in 2016, Oklahomans voted to decriminalize cannabis to an extent. The successful measure entails the reduction of cannabis-related criminal penalties to misdemeanors. This measure also garnered criticism from law enforcement officials.
Oklahoma MMJ Program is Really Open-Ended
Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program has been getting traction from cannabis supporters and opponents alike and for a very valid reason. Like the majority of statewide MMJ program that allows the use of cannabis under strict provisions of qualifying medical conditions, Oklahoma’s MMJ program grant all the authority to physicians in deciding whether or not any patient needs cannabis for any given medical condition.
Critics are of the thought that this measure would make it really easy for anyone to get their hands on cannabis. On the other hand, MMJ advocates are applauding this open-endedness of the program. It is interesting to note that the measure has been endorsed by a significant number of conservative Republican voters. Some of them have voted in favor because of all the reported medical benefits of the strain, while others think that the legalization of medical cannabis will benefit the state’s economy.
Failure of an Antagonist Campaign
There are reports that an anti-cannabis group spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on media campaigns aimed to defeat the Question 788 at the ballot. According to the chairman of the group, Dr. Kevin Taubman, the measure is far from what can be termed as a reasonable medical marijuana program.
According to the provisions written in the measure, Oklahomans can possess up to three ounces of marijuana in person and eight ounces of dried flowers at homes. Moreover, they can grow up to six saplings of the strain and own up to additional six mature plants. Possession of one ounce of marijuana concentrates and 272 ounces of MMJ edibles will also be allowed under the new cannabis laws of the state.
Regarding the decriminalization of the strain, Oklahomans possessing 1.5 ounces of MMJ without a valid permit will only face misdemeanor charges with a nominal amount of penalty. In coming days, the state legislature will come up with the regulations to govern the MMJ program.
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