State Question , the result of an activist-led signature drive launched more than two years ago, makes it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The proposed law outlines no qualifying conditions, which would allow physicians to authorize its use for a broad range of ailments -- a fact that sparked bitter opposition, particularly from law enforcement. Under the proposed law, a two-year medical marijuana license would allow someone to possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana, six mature plants and six seedlings, along with edibles and concentrated forms of the drug. Mary Fallin said she feared the proposal would essentially legalize recreational pot and said if it passed she would likely call on lawmakers to return for a special session to set up a regulatory framework for medicinal pot. Oklahoma's is the first marijuana question on a state ballot in , with elections scheduled for later this year in Michigan and Utah.
What happens if SQ 788 passes?
Cannabis in Oklahoma is legal for possession and use for medicinal purposes with a state-issued license, while CBD oil derived from industrial hemp is legal without a license. As part of a larger trend nationwide to restrict cannabis, Oklahoma banned the drug in In , Oklahomans for Health circulated a petition to get medical cannabis legalization on the ballot, but failed to gain sufficient signatures.
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Medical marijuana would be legal for people 18 and over with a state issued license if SQ passes. In June, Oklahomans will vote on State Question , a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, and many people are asking — how has this worked in other states? While thirty states and Washington, D. For example: New Hampshire allows just four dispensaries in the entire state, while in Louisiana only cannabis in a non-smokeable form is legal. Oklahoma borders three states that have legalized medical marijuana: Arkansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will create a regulatory office to oversee the program. This office will receive all licensing applications related to medical marijuana and would be funded by medical marijuana sales taxes. Licensed patients could have up to 3 ounces of marijuana on them and up to 8 ounces at their home. They could also legally grow plants — up to 6 mature plants and 6 seedlings.