Oklahoma Activists File Marijuana Legalization And Medical Cannabis Reform Initiatives For 2022 Ballot

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Oklahoma activists on Thursday filed a pair of 2022 ballot initiatives to legalize adult-use marijuana and remodel the state’s existing medical cannabis program. The measures were formally turned in to the secretary of state’s office, a key step that sets the stage for signature gathering to qualify the proposed constitutional amendments. Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA) announced late last month that it was close to finalizing the language of the initiatives after soliciting feedback from a wide range of advocates and stakeholders. Jed Green, director of ORCA, said in a press release that the initiatives are meant to fix issues that have emerged in the state’s medical cannabis program while also providing a new industry opportunity with adult-use legalization. He said they will “offer Oklahomans the opportunity to keep the success and clean up the mess.” Under the recreational legalization proposal, adults 21 and older would be able to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana that they purchase from retailers, as well as whatever cannabis they yield from growing up to 12 plants for personal use. Marijuana sales would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax, and the initiative outlines a number of programs that would receive partial revenue from those taxes. The money would first cover implementation costs and then would be divided to support water-related infrastructure, people with disabilities, substance misuse treatment, law enforcement training, cannabis research and more. The measure also lays out pathways for resentencing and expungements for those with marijuana convictions. Oklahoma voters approved medical cannabis legalization at the ballot in 2018. Unlike many state medical marijuana programs, it does not require patients have any specific qualifying conditions; doctors can recommend cannabis for any condition they see fit. But while the new initiatives would appear separately on the ballot if they qualify, activists view them…

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