Changes coming to marijuana laws Thursday

Marijuana law changes

TULSA, Okla. — QUICK FACTS:

  • Some of Oklahoma's new medical marijuana possession laws go into effect Thursday.
  • New rules lower misdemeanor drug possession charges to a maximum fine of $400 and no jail time for anyone found with 1 1/2 ounces or less of medical marijuana.
  • Tulsa attorney Jeff Krigel told FOX23 it will be possible to appeal to have old convictions changed to fit the new changes, but it will take time for it to be processed.

Some of Oklahoma's new medical marijuana possession laws go into effect Thursday.

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When voters passed State Question 788, they approved lowering misdemeanor drug possession charges to a maximum fine of $400 and no jail time for anyone found with 1 1/2 ounces or less of medical marijuana.

Tulsa attorney Jeff Krigel told FOX23 the change makes it easier for someone to have medical marijuana on them, even when they don't have their license with them. It also protects people who have medical marijuana recommendations from their doctor, but they live out of state and face different rules for obtaining their pot. Marijuana may not require a license in that state, but does in Oklahoma.

Krigel also said people should still be careful when they are carrying any marijuana because it is a federal offense to have a Schedule 1 drug on you.

When voters passed state questions 780 and 781 in 2016 and lowered certain drug possession crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, the state was already preparing to ease up on possession of marijuana. Now with 788 in place, the consequences of possession will be lighter, and easier to ask for the charges to be expunged from someone's record.

Krigel told FOX23 after the law is passed, it will be possible to appeal to have old convictions changed to fit the new changes, but it will take time for it to be processed.

FOX23 reached out to multiple police departments across the Tulsa area, and most of them said they are still studying the issue and waiting for legal guidance.

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