New Endorsement For Oklahoma Marijuana Ballot Initiative Sparks Stir In Advocacy Community
As Oklahomans prepare to vote on a marijuana legalization initiative next month, the campaign behind the measure is touting a new endorsement from a political strategist who previously supported two competing cannabis reform proposals that failed to make the ballot. Thursday’s announcement by the Yes on 820 campaign was intended to build unity among legalization proponents, who have sparred over conflicting views on how marijuana should be regulated. Instead, it appears to have aggravated tensions in Oklahoma’s advocacy community. Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA) Co-Founder @mastermanOKC helped push two other legalization initiatives, but now he says it’s time for the cannabis industry and activists to unite behind SQ 820. Read his full statement here: https://t.co/Mu4sIzEvT1 #Yeson820 pic.twitter.com/GzqmSOT13u — Yes on 820 Campaign (@YesOn820) February 23, 2023 “This post by Yes on 820 is misleading, inaccurate and a testimony to the power money has over the unprincipled,” Jed Green, director of the group Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA), said on social media on Thursday. “While ORCA respects everyone’s right to their opinion, this blatant misrepresentation of our organization to deceive voters into believing we support SQ 820 is totally unacceptable.” The Yes on 820 post in question accurately identifies the advocate, Kris Masterman, as a co-founder of ORCA and a former advocate for State Questions 818 and 819, alternative legalization and medical cannabis reform ballot measures that ORCA began pushing for in 2021. SQ 820, meanwhile, was led by a different group: Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws (OSML), with support from the national New Approach PAC. ORCA and some other legalization advocates have criticized SQ 820 for its out-of-state funding and disagreement over certain provisions. Green told Marijuana Moment a year ago that he felt the New Approach-backed initiative is “just the wrong approach for Oklahoma.” Neither of the…
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