Brian Shamblen

Efforts to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Progress in Oklahoma

Hot on the heels of Oklahoma‘s successful medical cannabis vote, advocates in the state are collecting signatures to put adult-use legalization on the November ballot, Oklahoma’s News 4 reports.

The initiative, State Question 797, would allow adults who are 21 or older to possess, use, grow, process, and sell cannabis for recreational purposes.

Advocates with ‘Green the Vote’ say they have collected 64,000 of the necessary 124,000 signatures to get SQ 797 on the ballotThe group hopes to deliver the necessary signatures to the state Capitol by August 8.

“We feel we are on track but would like to really ramp it up to get this done with overwhelming numbers.” — Isaac Caviness, President of Green The Vote, in an interview with KJRH

Last month, Oklahoma became the 30th U.S. state to legalize medical cannabis when voters overwhelmingly approved SQ 788, which establishes a program wherein medical doctors — not politicians — determine when patients “qualify” to use medical cannabis.

Opponents of medical marijuana had lambasted SQ 788 as being too loosely regulated and too close to adult-use legalization; Oklahomans did not seem to mind that comparison, however, and now advocates may get to test voters with even more progressive cannabis reforms.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the adult-use ballot initiative as SQ 979 instead of SQ 797.

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