To date, there have been 29 states that have legalized cannabis for medical use. A number of other states have passed bills that legalize CBD in one form or another, but those states are not part of that 29 state figure. 2018 is an election year, and at least one state will be voting on medical marijuana, but it won’t be in November.
Oklahoma advocates gathered enough signatures to place a medical marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in 2016, but due to delays, the initiative was moved to 2018. Advocates had been waiting to see if the initiative would appear on the primary ballot in June, or the general election ballot in November. Yesterday Oklahoma’s Governor finally decided that it would be June, not November. Below is a press release that was issued by Oklahoma’s Governor yesterday:
Governor Mary Fallin today set a June election date for the medical marijuana ballot measure.
Fallin filed an executive proclamation placing State Question 788 on the June 26 primary election ballot. The governor’s other option was to place the issue on the November general election ballot.
Supporters of an initiative petition asking voters to legalize medical marijuana gathered enough signatures in 2016 to schedule a statewide referendum on the measure.
“Backers of this proposal to legalize medical marijuana followed procedures and gathered the more than 66,000 required signatures to submit the issue to a vote of the people,” said Fallin. “I’m fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year.”
If approved by voters, the measure would permit doctors to recommend a patient, who is at least 18 years old, for a state-issued medical marijuana license. A license holder would be allowed to legally possess up to 3 ounces of the drug, six mature plants and six seedlings. These limits can be increased by individual counties or cities.