Oklahoma's medical marijuana proposal borrows from other states' existing policies, but opponents cite that as a cause for concern

Proponents of legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma had 30 other states’ policies to look to in drafting a ballot measure, but opponents of State Question 788 say those trailblazing states set a bad example.

“All of 788 is borrowed from policies in other states,” said Frank Grove, chairman of the Vote Yes on 788 political action committee and co-author of the state question that will go before Oklahoma voters in the June 26 primary. “Our licensing system is borrowed from Colorado, the California state medical card is our primary source because it is considered to be the best, our (employment) discrimination protections come from Arizona.”

Oklahoma is among a minority of states in not having a medical marijuana program.


Oklahomans to decide in two weeks on providing medical marijuana access


Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday, June 26, on State Question 788 — a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

Under the proposed plan, licensed medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six mature plants, and may possess personal use quantities of marijuana flower, edibles, or infused concentrates.


Oklahoma: Health department preparing plan in case voters approve medical marijuana measure

In a month, Oklahoma residents will head to the polls to decide the fate of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana.

On June 26, Oklahoma voters will head to the polls to vote on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana for some patients.

Under the state question, a person 18 years or older would need to apply for a medical marijuana license with the Oklahoma State Department of Health after receiving a note from their doctor. If approved, the patient would then have to pay $100 to obtain that license.


Oklahoma: Bill to regulate medical marijuana fails

A plan to regulate medical marijuana, if voters approve the measure in June, was shot down in the State Senate.

The bill would have set certain guidelines for the growing and distribution of medical marijuana should State Question 788 pass in June. It would also set guidelines for who can use medical marijuana and under what circumstances. 

The bill’s author, Senator Ervin Yen (R) Oklahoma City, said he was willing to make changes if necessary.  But that wasn’t enough to seal the deal. “I think some of the senators believe it’s trying to usurp the will of the people,” Senator Yen said.

The bill failed with 21-Yeas and 20-Nays. It needed 25 Yeas to pass.


Oklahoma committee approves medical marijuana legalization bill

Osage Creek Cultivation in Carroll County scored fourth-highest on a points system the commission used to evaluate applications.

Only one cultivation center in Northwest Arkansas was selected by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Tuesday (Feb. 27). Successful applicants will have to pay an annual $100,000 licensing fee and submit an initial $500,000 performance bond. None of the winning bidders for the first five cultivation licenses are located in Zone 8.

A Senate committee narrowly approved a host of regulations, including a limit on how many businesses can be licensed to manufacture and sell medical marijuana.

Ninety other applicants had been vying for one of the five permits.


Oklahoma House to study how to implement medical marijuana if state question were to pass

Lawmakers in the interim will take a look at how to implement the legalization of medical marijuana should it pass in 2018.

Oklahomans for Health successfully circulated an initiative petition to put the issue before voters.

It is assumed State Question 788 will be on the Nov. 6, 2018, general election ballot, but Gov. Mary Fallin has yet to issue a proclamation declaring an election date, according to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office.

Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, asked for and was granted an interim study on the issue.

Jordan said should the measure pass, and it looks more favorable than in years past, officials need to determine what issues the state would face regarding implementation.


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