Oklahoma Now Collecting Signatures to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Earlier this week organizers of (SQ-820) began collecting all the required signatures on a petition that would place the state question of legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in the Sooner State on the ballot this November. They started gathering signatures of valid Oklahoma voters on Tuesday and hope to reach the required 94,911 signatures by the August 1st deadline. They have 90 days to complete the petition.
They were given the green light by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to move forward with several petitions a while back, you can click here to read more about that. At this time there are 3 different petitions all focused on current state marijuana laws. The one they are collecting signatures for (SQ-820) seeks to change Oklahoma statutes making recreational marijuana legal in the state for persons 21 years of age or older.
(SQ-820) would not only make recreational marijuana legal in the state it also addresses legal modifications to those who may be imprisoned for prior marijuana charges and/or judgments. It would reverse and/or expunge those charges in some, not all sentences. It also covers state taxes on recreational marijuana which would be around 15%. The tax would not apply to those with a medical marijuana card, just recreational.
The tax revenue that would be generated will be used to support and help fund the OMMA (Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority), the state's court systems along with several other agencies and actions including drug treatment, counseling, and rehabilitation services, funding schools, and education. Again according to how it's written the 15% tax won't apply to patients who possess a valid medical marijuana card.
The other state questions (SQ-818) and (SQ-819) are aimed at amending the state Constitution, no word yet as to when they will start collecting signatures for those 2 petitions. You can contact ORCA (Oklahoman's for Responsible Cannabis Action) for more information on these state questions and (SQ-820) by visiting their official website by clicking here or checking them out on Facebook here.