Medical Marijuana Is Coming To Oklahoma. The citizens voted in favor of legalizing medicinal marijuana Tuesday, with 56.8% approving the measure, according to unofficial results with 99.6% of precincts reporting.
State Question No. 788 asked voters whether to allow the use, sale and cultivation of medical cannabis in Oklahoma. The requirements include: a medical marijuana license with the approval from an Oklahoma Board certified physician, that would be issued by the state’s Department of Health. This legislation also establishes a minimum age of 18 for medical cannabis licenses, although younger applicants may pass as an exemption if a parent or guardian, and two doctors sign.
The results in Oklahoma are not official, but Governor Mary Fallin issued this statement Tuesday night.
“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state,” she said. “It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens.”
Fallin had previously said that she planned on calling a special session if voters pass the measure, reported CNN affiliate KOCO.
“As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses,” she said in a statement Tuesday after the vote.
Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nine states and Washington, DC allow for recreational sales.
Federal law says marijuana is illegal, but a majority of states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing or decriminalizing its use for medical reasons. There is no doubt that medical cannabis is having it’s best year yet.