LOS ANGELES CA, December, 27 ( Dr Cyberspace ) — by Robert Bishop — The short-lived Oklahoma petition legalizing recreational marijuana was withdrawn on Dec. 23, 2019. The petition known as State Question 806 filed on Dec. 12, would have added an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution. The Amendment would have legalized recreational marijuana, regulated the cannabis industry and imposed marijuana taxes on users aged 21 and older.
To date, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Chicago is ramping up its resources to begin legal recreational marijuana sales next week on Jan. 1st.
Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana in 2018, but have fallen short of the signatures needed to legalize recreational marijuana. Supporters would have needed 177,958 valid signatures to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot. Had they gathered the required signatures Oklahomans would have voted on this question Nov. 3, 2020.
The following is the ballot title for the measure as per Ballotpedia.org.
This measure adds a new article to the Constitution, which would generally legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for persons aged 21+ under state law. Specifically, it protects the personal use of marijuana for those 21+, while establishing quantity limits, safety standards, and other restrictions.
It maintains prohibitions on impaired driving and distribution to, or use by, those under 21. It would not affect employers’ ability to restrict marijuana use by employees. Property owners generally may restrict marijuana on their property.
The Oklahoma Marijuana Authority would license and regulate marijuana-related conduct and administer the article pursuant to specified requirements. It provides for local zoning of businesses and permits municipalities, upon popular vote, to limit or prohibit retail licenses.
It imposes a 15% excise tax on sales (not applicable to medical marijuana) to fund the Authority, localities where sales occur, schools (for programs to prevent substance abuse and improve student retention and performance), and drug-addiction treatment programs, while ensuring such funds must add to, and not replace, existing funding.
It provides a judicial process for people to seek modification, reversal, redesignation or expungement of certain prior marijuana-related judgments and sentences. Its provisions are severable and would take effect in 90 days.
According to the petition, recreational cannabis users would be allowed to carry up to an ounce of marijuana. Marijuana users would be allowed to have six cannabis plants and six cannabis seedlings. Private residences would be allowed 12 cannabis plants and cannabis seedlings.
Meanwhile, a medical marijuana cardholder in Oklahoma is allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana. An MJ cardholder may also possess up to an ounce of cannabis concentrates and up to 72-ounces of edibles.
At a cardholders residence, they may possess up to eight ounces of marijuana, six mature cannabis plants, and six cannabis seedlings. Marijuana users are expected to adhere to current laws and policies covering where it’s acceptable to smoke in public places.
It remains unclear whether the marijuana legislation will be reworked and refiled at a later date. Visit Dr Cyberspace regularly for the latest in hemp news, cannabis cultivation and rapidly changing cannabis laws. Image by Chris Jay from Pixabay.
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