Petition Filed in Oklahoma for Ballot Measure to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis


A petition for a proposed ballot measure that would legalize adult-use cannabis was filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State last week, and organizers must now collect about 178,000 signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot, according to a KFOR report.

The proposed measure, called State Question 806, is a constitutional amendment that would legalize personal cannabis use for adults 21 and older. The proposal renames the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority as the Oklahoma Marijuana Authority, which would be charged with licensing and regulating an adult-use market in the state, the news outlet reported.

The ballot measure would enact a 15-percent excise tax on cannabis sales, and funds would be divided among the regulatory body, communities that allow sales, schools and drug addiction treatment programs, according to KFOR.

The measure also includes a provision to expunge certain prior drug convictions, The Oklahoman reported.

The Oklahoma Secretary of State must set the start date for signature gathering, and supporters will then have 90 days to collect the required number of signatures and qualify for the ballot, the news outlet reported.

Oklahoma voters passed State Question 788 last year to legalize medical cannabis in the state.