June 27, 2018 – Voters in Oklahoma overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana initiative that was placed on their primary ballot yesterday with a 57% to 43% landslide. The margin of victory is historic for a midterm primary election in what many consider to be the state with the most draconian marijuana laws in the nation.
Question No. 788 is also a very liberal cannabis law. It allows a state licensed doctor to recommend cannabis to a patient and there are no qualifying medical conditions. It allows possession of up to three ounces of flower in public and eight ounces at home, one ounce of cannabis concentrates and up to 72 ounces of infused edibles. Most strikingly to many, it also allows for home grown cannabis and allows patients to grow up to 6 mature plants.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who has been strongly opposed to cannabis use and indicated that it would cause huge problems if legalized, issued a brief 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.
“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 also responded on Twitter:
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. https://t.co/CDLlhjb2fd
— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) June 27, 2018
She indicated before the election that she may call a special legislative session to consider the measure and create the “proper regulatory framework” to insure cannabis is used only for medical purposes.
Director of State Policies for Marijuana Policy Project Karen O’Keefe said in a statement:
“It is noteworthy that this measure passed in such a red state during a primary election, when voter turnout tends to be older and more conservative than during a general election. Support for medical marijuana is overwhelming, and it spans the political and demographic spectrums.”