What Would it Mean for Oklahomans if SQ 788 is Passed?
The time has arrived for Oklahomans to either vote “yes” or “no” on State Question 788, or the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Initiative. If passed, this measure would make Oklahoma the 30th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for medical use. This has many Oklahomans wondering, “how exactly would this statute affect me?”
Who Could Obtain Medical Marijuana?
SQ 788 would allow patients 18 years of age or older with a board-certified physician’s approval to apply for a medical marijuana license. A 2-year license from the Department of Health would cost $100 and would allow the patient to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person, and up to 8 ounces in their home. The measure does not list specific conditions permitted to receive medical marijuana, but instead requires that doctors use good judgment. Employers, landlords, and schools could not discriminate against the patient based solely off of their status as a license holder.
The Regulation of Medical Marijuana
The measure would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from being within 1,000 feet of a school. However, cities and municipalities would also not be allowed to change zoning laws for the purpose of preventing licensed medical marijuana retailers. The fee to apply for a medical marijuana retail, commercial grower, or processing license would cost $2,500. A 7 percent excise tax on marijuana sales would be put in place on top of sales tax, with revenue going towards medical marijuana regulation, then education and the Department of Health, in that order.
How do I Vote on SQ 788?
Early voting for the June 26th Primary Election began on Thursday, the 21st, and will continue today until 6 PM, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Now is your chance to vote “yes” in favor of or “no” against Ballot Initiative State Question 788. If you are registered to vote, click HERE to learn more about when and where you can vote early.
Contact Garrett Law Group
With ever-changing drug legislation that you or your family members may not be aware of, it is important to have legal representation that knows Oklahoma marijuana laws and defenses against conviction. If you, your child or a loved one is facing charges for marijuana possession in Oklahoma, the offices at Garrett Law Group can bring awareness to your rights in the case of drug possession. An Oklahoma marijuana lawyer can help you navigate the process of bailing a child or family member out of jail. Here at Garrett Law Group, we know what to do. Contact us HERE.