There are currently three ballot initiatives and dozens of marijuana-related bills pending in Oklahoma. Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA), the same group responsible for drafting the successful 2018 medical initiative, is seeking to place two initiatives on the ballot this fall. SQ 818, known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Act, seeks to expand and revise the state’s medical cannabis program. The measure establishes a new state agency, the Oklahoma State Cannabis Commission (OSCC), to replace the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and oversee all responsibilities specific to marijuana and hemp. It replaces existing excise taxes on medical cannabis products with a 7 percent retail tax, with revenue supporting marijuana research, rural impact and urban waste remediation, agriculture development, mental health response programs, substance misuse treatment, and more. SQ 819, known as the Oklahoma Marijuana Regulation and Right to Use Act, legalizes the possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana for those aged 21 and older. Adults may either purchase cannabis from state-licensed retailers or home cultivate up to 12 plants of cannabis. (Those who grow at home may legally possess the total yield of their plants).

NORML, 02/06/2022 19:00:00

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