Oklahoma legalizes medical marijuana, making it the 30th US state to do so

Unofficial results show that Oklahomans on Tuesday voted to legalize medical marijuana, making their conservative state the 30th in the United States to do so.

About 56 per cent of Oklahoma’s voters wanted to see medical marijuana legalized while 43 per cent opposed it, according to unofficial results with 99.6 per cent of precincts reporting.

Oklahomans approved the measure, State Question No. 788 asked, which asked voters if they wanted to legalize the use, sale, and growth of medical marijuana in their state.

Oklahoma State Question 788 allows individuals 18 and older to obtain a medical marijuana license with a board-certified physician’s signature. Minors can also get a license but they need the approval of two physicians and their parent or legal guardian.

Following the vote, a new office in the Oklahoma State Department of Health will enforce regulations, including licensing for dispensaries, growers, and processors.

The results in Oklahoma are unofficial, but Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statement Tuesday night, CNN reported

“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state,” she said. “It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens.”

People in Oklahoma are said to be divided. With opponents say a “yes” vote will pave the path to a vote for recreational marijuana.

Those who argue against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes include prominent medical, business, religious, law enforcement and farm and ranch organizations — say the state question is anything but simple, Newsok reported.

However, others, including devout Christians, see it as a must.

Special session

Fallin, meanwhile, had previously said that she planned on calling a special session if voters pass the measure, reported CNN affiliate KOCO.

“As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana,” she said.

“I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.”