Sooners Petition for Recreational Marijuana Legalization
Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action — a cannabis advocates group — launched two cannabis-related petitions last Thursday. One for the legalization of recreational marijuana, and another to replace the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Regulatory Agency (OMMA).
If both of these get 178,000 signatures, they will add the cannabis legalization question (number 817) to the statewide ballot.
If all goes well, Oklahoma will potentially be joining 18 other American States — including Connecticut, the latest one to join the club — where the plant is legally produced and sold for recreational use.
In short, this would mean Oklahomans can:
- Legally use cannabis if they are 21 years of age or older
- Lawfully possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana
- Purchase cannabis from legal retailers
- Grow up to 12 cannabis plants
- Get released from cannabis-related sentences
In addition to that, the group is launching a second petition to replace the OMMA with an agency that will function independently from the health department.
Consequently, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Act will allow the creation of a new agency that will serve as a regulatory body for both businesses and cannabis patients.
Moreover, the marijuana advocacy group will have 90 days to get the necessary signatures for the petition. After that, we’ll know whether or not Oklahoma will join the other states that could legalize marijuana by the end of 2021.
All in all, the future looks bright as the team that worked on the petitions is led by the political organizer Jed Green, who worked on State Question 788 that resulted in the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma, back in 2018.