Marijuana legalization vote pushed

Advocates of the legalization of marijuana for medical reasons are pushing Gov. Mary Fallin for a date for a statewide vote on the legal change. They want a vote on State Question 788 in June of 2018 to coincide with the gubernatorial primary.

An alternative date would be in the November general election of 2018.

Critics of the proposal say it is just another step toward legalization of recreational marijuana and there are sufficient legal painkillers without adding marijuana to the list.

The ballot language is:

“This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes 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 granted to an applicant 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.”