Marijuana activists in Oklahoma on Tuesday presented another initiative to legalize marijuana they hope to put before voters in the 2022 ballot.
The campaign is supported by the National New Approach PAC, which has been behind a number of successful reform initiatives nationwide. A separate group of local activists too Made initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana The state’s current medical cannabis program was reworked in October — and members of that campaign are already criticizing the new batch.
This latest measure will allow adults age 21 and older to purchase and own up to one ounce of cannabis, and grow up to six mature plants and six seeds for personal use. The current medical marijuana authority in Oklahoma will be responsible for regulating the program and issuing commercial cannabis licenses.
A 15 percent excise tax will be levied on marijuana products for adult use, with revenue directed to the Oklahoma Marijuana Revenue Trust.
The funds will first cover the cost of administering the program and the rest will be divided between the municipalities where the sales occurred (10 percent), the state’s Judicial Revolving Fund (10 percent), the General Fund (30 percent), public education grants (30 percent) and grants for programs involved in substance abuse treatment Drugs and their prevention (20%).
“The goal of SQ 820 is to regulate the production, testing and sale of cannabis products to adults, ages 21 and older in Oklahoma through a responsible system that ensures the highest standards of safety and health,” advocate Michele Tilley told Marijuana Moment. “It is time for Oklahoma to stop criminalizing people for petty marijuana offenses and bring in more money for education and health care. That is what this initiative will do.”
Persons who are serving in prison for an activity made lawful under this procedure can “petition for reinstatement, revocation of conviction and dismissal of case, or modification of sentence and sentence.” Those who have already served their sentence on such a conviction can petition the courts to have the sentence rescinded.
There are several consumer protection measures included in the proposal. Parents cannot be “deprived of custody, visitation, or parenting time with a minor child” simply for acting in accordance with the law, for example.
Persons who are “on parole, probation or other state supervision, or released pending trial or other hearing” cannot have their status revoked or punished for activities that have become lawful under this measure.
And the text of the initiative stated: “No behavior that is dealt with and permitted by this law may constitute a basis for detention, search or arrest.” Furthermore, unless law enforcement investigates impaired driving, the smell, possession, or suspected possession of marijuana “must not individually or in combination with each other constitute a reasonable suspicion of a crime.”
Public assistance cannot be refused to persons acting in accordance with the law, unless required by federal policy.
The measure also states that state or local government cannot deny people the right to own or purchase firearms and ammunition based solely on legal marijuana activities.
In addition, the initiative sets penalties for violating certain provisions related to displaying marijuana plants, public smoking or vaping, and possession and possession of minors beyond the permissible limit.
Within 90 days of the effective date, regulators will need to develop rules for licensing, quality control, testing, labeling, packaging, security, advertising and more.
“The Authority shall, to the extent practicable, maintain its regulations for licensees of adult use consistent with its regulations for licensees of medical marijuana businesses, except as is necessary to distinguish differences in the law between medical marijuana and adult use,” Initiative Says.
Local governments can “regulate when, where, and how licensees operate adult business use … as long as these regulations are not unnecessarily onerous.” They were unable to limit the number of marijuana businesses, or ban them entirely, within their borders.
“SQ 820 Proposes Legal Change Not Proposed Constitutional Amendment. Marijuana policy is still developing and the Oklahoma legislature has shown a willingness to deal with issues as they arise,” Tilly said. “Whether it’s a change in federal law or some unexpected development in Oklahoma, lawmakers won’t have to amend the Constitution to respond.”
Since the motion is legal rather than constitutional, there is a minimum signature to qualify for the ballot. They will need to collect 94,911 valid signatures from registered voters within 90 days to hold the 2022 ballot.
While both this proposal and one of the separate constitutional amendments backed by the Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action (ORCA) seek to legalize marijuana for adults, there are some differences.
ORCA argued Wednesday that the New Approach initiative includes excessive licensing requirements and regulations and lacks funding to facilitate write-offs of previous cannabis convictions.
Under the ORCA proposal, adults age 21 and older would be able to own up to eight ounces of marijuana they buy from retailers, plus any cannabis they produce from growing up to 12 plants for personal use.
Marijuana sales are also subject to a 15 percent excise tax. The tax money will first cover implementation costs, then it will be split to support water-related infrastructure, people with disabilities, substance abuse treatment, law enforcement training, cannabis research and more.
The action also sets out paths for resentment and sacks those with marijuana convictions.
Oklahoma voters Medical cannabis certification approved on poll in 2018. Unlike many state medical marijuana programs, it does not require patients to have any specific qualifying requirements; Doctors can recommend cannabis for any condition they see fit.
OCRA’s separate medical cannabis measure would create the Oklahoma State Cannabis Commission (OSCC) to oversee all areas of the medical marijuana system. It temporarily maintains a 7 percent excise tax on medical cannabis sales, with revenue supporting marijuana research, rural impact and urban waste treatment, agricultural development, mental health response programs, substance abuse treatment and more.
At the same time, the group’s Adult Use Initiative is calling for a gradual reduction of the medical marijuana tax, which will reach zero percent within one year of its enactment. Also, within 60 days of the legislation, medical cannabis dispensaries located in the state will be allowed to sell on the recreational market.
Oklahoma activists previously attempted to qualify a legalization procedure for the 2020 ballot. They Petition to legalize cannabis use for adults In December 2019, signature collection failed in part due to procedural delays and the coronavirus pandemic.
Activists will need to collect at least 177,958 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify these two ballot initiatives.