Petition filed in effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — UPDATE: The petition was withdrawn from state consideration on December 23.

A new petition filed Thursday looks to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Oklahoma.

The petition calls for State Question 806 which would add an amendment to the state’s Constitution that legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana for people 21 or older throughout Oklahoma.

Voters legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma in 2018, but past attempts to approve its recreational use fell short.

Supporters will need nearly 178,000 signatures to get the amendment onto the ballot in 2020.

The Oklahoma Marijuana Authority would be established to license and regulate marijuana-related conduct. The Authority would be funded by the 15 percent excise tax on sales which would also fund localities, school programs, and drug addiction treatment programs.

READ the full proposal here