Organizers of a campaign in Oklahoma to legalize marijuana for adult use have abandoned the effort after concluding there was no time to gather the necessary signatures.
Chief among the challenges facing petitioners was collecting the necessary 178,000 signatures before the November statewide election given the challenges imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to legalizing marijuana for adults over age 21 without a license, the ballot measure would have also established procedures for people in Oklahoma to seek the reversal of past criminal convictions related to marijuana.
Backers of full legalization in Oklahoma now say the issue couldn’t be presented to voters before 2022.
That means that - for now - a doctor’s prescription and state-issued license will continue to be required for the legal possession and consumption of marijuana.
Under current law, you can possess up to an ounce-and-a-half of cannabis without a license if you can articulate an associated medical condition to authorities. Otherwise, marijuana offenses result in a misdemeanor charge and fine of up to $400 with assurances of no prison time.
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