Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Following Legal Challenge By Competing Campaign

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Following Legal Challenge By Competing Campaign
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging a marijuana legalization initiative that activists are pursuing for the November ballot. The suit was brought against the New Approach PAC-backed campaign in January by another activist, Jed Green, who is the director of a separate campaign that filed its own pair of 2022 cannabis initiatives late last year. In a ruling posted on March 28, the state’s highest court found that Green’s two claims—that the New Approach measure is unconstitutional under a single-subject law for ballot initiatives and that the summary (or “gist”) that would be presented to voters is misleading—are unfounded. “State Question No. 820 is legally sufficient for submission to the people of Oklahoma. Petitioner Jed Green has failed to meet his burden in establishing that State Question No. 820 is clearly or manifestly unconstitutional and that the gist of State Question No. 820 is misleading,” a majority of the justices said. “The Court assumes original jurisdiction and denies Petitioner’s challenge to the constitutionality and sufficiency of State Question No. 820.” Green, director of Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA), tried to assert that the competing initiative violated the state Constitution’s single-subject rule because, as drafted and contested, it dealt with criminal justice issues like expungements, in addition to legalizing cannabis for adult use. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — The justice said that State Question No. 820 “embraces only one subject, adult-use marijuana.” “It is hard to conceive how retroactive application of…

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