OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- AG Scott Pruitt submitted the ballot title for State Question 788
- If added to the ballot and approved by voters, it would legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma
Attorney General Scott Pruitt submitted the ballot title for State Question 788 Thursday.
The question addresses the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.
“I commend the attorneys in my office for their diligent work to complete this ballot title in an efficient manner. While my office has done its part by preparing the ballot title well before the September 1 deadline, there are still steps remaining in order for the question to be placed on a ballot,” Pruitt said.
Pruitt said the state is facing close deadlines imposed by the ballot process.
"It’s important for the people of Oklahoma to know, regardless of the substance of the state question, the signatures were not submitted with enough time to allow this process to be played out completely,” Pruitt said.
Read the full submitted ballot title HERE.
State Question 788
This measure legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma. There are no qualifying medical conditions identified. Possession and use of marijuana is authorized through a medical marijuana license that is valid for two years, rather than by prescription. An Oklahoma board certified physician must recommend the license using the same accepted standards for recommending other medications, and must sign the application for the license. The State Department of Health must issue a license to an applicant who:
- submits a valid application,
- is eighteen years or older, and
- is an Oklahoma resident.
Applications for individuals under eighteen must be signed by two physicians and by a parent or legal guardian. The Department also issues seller, grower, packaging, transportation, research, and caregiver licenses to those who meet certain minimal requirements. A 7 percent state tax is imposed on retail sales of marijuana. Unlicensed possession by an individual who claims to have a medical condition is punishable by a fine not exceeding $400.
Local government cannot use zoning laws to prevent the opening of a retail marijuana store. This measure does not change federal law, which makes use, sale and growth of marijuana illegal.
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