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Election 2022: Oklahoma’s Marijuana Legalization Guide

SQ 820, Oklahoma’s cannabis legalization initiative

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The Oklahoma Secretary of State confirmed that State Question 820 (SQ 820), a statewide measure to legalize adult use of marijuana, has sufficient signatures to qualify for the November 8, 2022 ballot.

Whether the procedure will actually appear on the ballot is still an open question. a bureaucratic ado By the state agency responsible for checking citizens’ initiatives the measure was jeopardized, and the bans filed four appeals over SQ 820’s place on the ballot. (Marijuana Moment’s Kyle Jaeger owns a file Explaining follow the threads That makes up that tangled mess, if you want to get into it.)

As of September 19, the state Supreme Court was working to resolve these cases and the final fate of SQ 280 remained uncertain.

Read the full 16-page proposal here: State question 820.

Is this medical use or adult use legalized?

Adult use (recreational). Marijuana is legal for all adults age 21 and older.

What is the current law?

It was medical marijuana legal In Oklahoma since voters approved an earlier measure in June 2018. Cannabis remains illegal for those without a medical card.

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What will the initiative do?

Oklahoma’s proposed statewide initiative would legalize cannabis for all adults age 21 or older. Other benefits include:

  • Adults are legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis.
  • Non-medical marijuana products are subject to a 15% excise tax.
  • Medical marijuana products will not be subject to excise tax.
  • This action will create a judicial process for people to seek redress for certain past judgments and judgments related to marijuana.

How do I vote in Oklahoma?

This is important: check out Recording Status The identity is valid for the time being, while there is still plenty of time to update them.

vote In person, on paper ballots, dated Tuesday 8 November 2022. Polling stations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. statewide. Click this link Find out where to vote in Oklahoma. You must vote in the county in which you are registered.

Remember: you must bring a valid ID in order to vote. Here is a list Valid Oklahoma ID forms.

early voting Available for the November general election. Polling stations will open for early voting on November 2, November 3 and November 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Limited absentee voting is permitted. Absentee ballots for the November 8 elections must be requested no later than 5 p.m. on October 24, 2022. Check with Country website Let’s see how this is done.

What is required to pass certification?

In Oklahoma, a “state question” must collect a majority of the votes cast in a statewide election. In other words, it will pass approval by 50.01%.

Possession will become legal for all adults on or around February 8, 2023. The proposal specifies that the rules in the approved initiative will become effective 90 days after it has been approved by voters.

How much can i have?

At 820, adults age 21 or older may have up to 1 ounce of cannabis flower, up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate, and up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate contained in a filled product (food or drink ).

not clear. SQ 820 states that the state (in the form of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority) will be required to publish the rules and regulations for a legal system for adult use no later than May 8, 2023.

The initiative does not have an absolute deadline for the opening of stores. In theory, legal weed stores could open as soon as late May or June 2023.

Who will operate the stores?

Who will operate the stores?

During the first two years of legal sales for adult use, retail sales licenses will be issued only to operators of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that have been in operation for at least one year as of February 8, 2023.

Who organizes and issues licenses?

existing Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA)MMJ, which currently regulates MMJ dispensaries, will expand to become the state regulator for adult cannabis use as well.

Can I open a weed shop?

Between now and February 6, 2025, the answer is no — unless you already operate a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

The good news is that once the state opens adult cannabis licenses to new businesses, those applications and licenses will be relatively inexpensive. SQ 820 sets the application and license fee at $2,500. It is much lower than the fees of some other states.

What are the penalties for using minors?

SQ 820 contains a provision setting the penalty for possession or use of minors (under 21) as a $100 fine, with the option to attend four hours of drug education or counseling in lieu of a fine.

What is the penalty for possessing more than an ounce?

If you are overweight (possessing more than 1 ounce of cannabis flower), you will be subject to a $200 fine – but only if the possession weighs 2 ounces or less.

It is unclear what the penalties are for holding more than an ounce, but it is assumed that they will be more stringent than the $200 fine.

Can I grow my country?

Growing indoors is permitted under the provisions of SQ 820. Each adult can grow up to six seedlings plus six mature plants in or around a private residence. There will be a total limit of 12 seedlings and 12 mature plants in any private residence, regardless of the adult population.

The plants should be “invisible and recognizable as marijuana by ordinary sight without the aid of a public place.” In other words, you have to protect it from the public eye, whether it’s with curtains or a fence or whatever.

Home growers whose plants are decided to be publicly visible can face a fine of up to $250.

When can I start my own development?

Seeds are in the soil on or around February 6, 2023. The housekeeping rules take effect 90 days after voters have approved SQ 820.

Can I smoke weed in public?

No, smoking or fumigating cannabis in public will result in a fine of up to $25, but not arrest.

What about gun ownership protection?

The SQ 820 contains a clause that protects the rights of gun owners to legally purchase and enjoy cannabis.

Any other protection?

yes. SQ 820 in Oklahoma contains a forward-thinking clause that protects the right of parents to enjoy cannabis responsibly, without the risk of losing their children.

The procedure states: “No person shall be denied custody, visitation, or parental time with a minor child, nor shall there be a presumption of neglect or endangerment of the child, by reason of conduct to which it is addressed and permitted by this Act, unless the conduct constitutes an unreasonable risk to the The safety of the minor child.

The lottery fly has Investigation And the Documented The harm done to parents and children by state child welfare agencies, which punished law-abiding adults and torn families apart for an adult exercising their right to legally consume cannabis.

Legalization Initiative Sponsors

Oklahoma’s Reasonable Marijuana Laws are Oklahoma’s leading advocates, and they lead yes on 820 Campaign.

Opponents of the legalization initiative

Luke Niforatos, president of PAC, led early challenges aimed at keeping SQ 820 out of the November ballot (they failed, it’s on the ballot).

Niforatos has partnered with a handful of locals, some (according to Public Interest Journalism Oklahoma Watchbelow) of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, the state’s powerful agricultural lobbying organization.

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