Guide to State Question 788

By Kaitlyn Dillard

Staff Writer

 

Chairman of Vote Yes on 788 Frank Grove visited with the Okmulgee County Republican groups to inform and educate residents on the premise of the bill. 

“Ultimately the debate about whether medical marijauna is effective is over,” Grove said to an audience of 20-30 Okmulgee residents. “There is a consensus in the medical community. There is a consensus in our state legislator that medical marijuana and marijuana is effective as a medical treatment.”

The initiative petition began in April of 2016 gathering several signatures along the way. It wasn’t until January of this year that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared that the state question would appear on the ballot during the primary election on June 26. 

According to the proposed ballot title, “A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes.”

State Question 788 would provide doctor’s the ability to prescribe licenses through the Oklahoma Health Department to Oklahoma residents with medical issues.  

“This is about freedom,” Grove said. “The freedom for a doctor to recommend to a patient what he believes will work for that patient, and that’s why we wrote 788 the way we did. That’s why there are no qualifying conditions. Because qualifying conditions will leave people behind."

Under State Question 788, medical marijuana licenses will be issued through the Oklahoma State Health Department with application fees varying from $100, or $20 for those with Medicaid, Medicare or SoonerCare, and can be valid for a period of two years. Applicants must also meet the following conditions to be approved: be an Oklahoma resident, must be 18 or older, and all applications must be signed by an Oklahoma Board certified physician. 

According to State Question 788, those with an approved medical marijuana license can possess: 

• Up to three ounces of marijuana on there person 

• Six mature marijuana plants

• Six seedling plants

• One ounce of concentrated marijuana

• 72 ounces of edible marijuana

• Up to eight ounces of marijuana in their residence. 

The state question also includes stringent stipulations for those applying for a dispensary license in Oklahoma. 

All applications for both license holders will be reviewed and rejected/approved by a regulatory commission within the Oklahoma State Health Department. The regulatory commission will also handle the technicalities of the state question and any discrepancies that may arise. 

Grove also emphasized the difference between the state question and those implemented by the other 29 states that utilize medical marijuana, including Colorado. 

“The problem is everyone references post-2014 Colorado in which anyone 21 or up can go buy marijuana from a dispensary when what we’re talking is closer to Arizona’s program where they have to go to a doctor, they have to get a recommendation, they have to get the card in the mail and then go to the dispensary,” Grove said. “It just doesn’t produce the same results. There’s some pros and cons to both but ultimately you can’t look at anecdotal from Colorado and say oh 788 will cause that.”

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