Oklahoma voters to consider medical marijuana in June

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Oklahoma’s governor set a June 26 date for voters to weigh in on whether to approve medical marijuana for the state.

The Hill reported that Gov. Mary Fallin announced the date Thursday, just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released his decision to rescind an Obama-era policy that allowed MMJ to thrive in states nationwide.

The June date for a vote comes after a successful 2016 petition drive asking Oklahoma voters to put the matter on the ballot.

Fallin, a Republican, appears cool toward the idea of MMJ. In May, she was asked if medical marijuana could help the state generate revenue.

She told the Oklahoma City Fox TV station: “No … I just don’t think that’s the answer. I think there’s a lot of different solutions we can provide to fix our budget.”

The statewide referendum would create a medical cannabis program that would include licenses for cultivators, processor and dispensaries.

Under the ballot measure:

  • Licenses would cost $2,500 each.
  • Sales would be taxed at 7%.
  • Acquiring a state-issued medical marijuana card would require a doctor’s signature.
  • Municipalities would not be allowed to prevent dispensaries with zoning restrictions, but dispensaries would not be allowed within 1,000 feet of a school.