Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday on State Question 788 – a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients.
Under the proposed plan, licensed medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six mature plants, and may possess personal use quantities of marijuana flowers, edibles, or infused concentrates.
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, US Sen. James Lankford, and various members of law enforcement and religious organizations have publicly spoken out against the proposal. Opponents are spending nearly $500,000 in the final week of the campaign on advertising encouraging voters to reject the measure. The Governor has also said that she intends to call lawmakers back for a special session if the voter-initiated measure passes.
According to polling data released in May, Oklahoma voters support the passage of State Question 788 by a margin of nearly 2 to 1. NORML endorsed the proposal in January.
Under existing Oklahoma laws, the possession of any amount of cannabis is classified as a criminal offense – punishable by up to a year in prison. Engaging in cannabis cultivation or sales may be punishable by up to life in prison. According to a study released earlier this month, Oklahoma’s incarceration rate is 1,079 per 100,000 people – the highest rate in the United States.