About State Question 820

Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws

State Question 820 will safely regulate, and tax recreational marijuana for adults 21+ in Oklahoma. It will generate revenue for important priorities for Oklahomans, including schools, health care, and local governments. It will responsibly and comprehensively regulate the industry to protect health and safety.


Why Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

The current law can ruin lives based on one mistake:

If a person makes one minor mistake with marijuana, they can land in jail and be saddled with a life-long criminal record that can make it hard to get a job, an apartment, student loans, or a credit card. This law will prevent unnecessary arrests and allow people to clean their record.

The current approach wastes public resources:

In states that have legalized, arrests for simple marijuana offenses are down 70 to 90 percent — freeing up time and money for the state to focus on more serious issues. Fewer arrests also means our courts aren’t clogged with petty marijuana cases.

Marijuana legalization is working in other states:

Eighteen other states, including Montana and Arizona, have legalized marijuana for adults. In those states, licensed marijuana businesses have to follow regulations and pay taxes. Stores check IDs and products are tested by laboratories to ensure safety. Residents in regulated states overwhelmingly like the new policy, and no state that’s passed legalization has repealed their law and reinstated prohibition.

Legalization will make marijuana easier to access for medical purposes:

For many Oklahomans with health conditions, including veterans with PTSD and cancer patients, marijuana is the only medicine that relieves their pain and suffering without debilitating side effects. But patients have to join a government registry to access the program. This measure will remove barriers and make it easier for patients to alleviate their health conditions with marijuana.

Our measure is a responsible and sensible approach to legalization:

State Question 820 will create a sensible program tailored to Oklahoma, carefully balancing personal freedom with responsible regulation. Products will be tested, labeled, and tracked from seed-to-sale; employers will be able to maintain a drug-free workplace; and it keeps penalties in place for anyone who gives marijuana to someone under 21.

 

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