Voters in Oklahoma yesterday rejected a move that would have legalized cannabis for adults in the state.
In most counties across the state, the cannabis reform measure — State Question 820 — was the only proposal on the ballot, a unique scenario in the history of the legalization movement.
Supporters of the reform tried to get her on the November 2022 ballot, but delays in verifying the signatures needed to validate the referendum meant she was unable to qualify for that round of voting. ‘elections. In October, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt called a special election for the cannabis measure, which took place on Tuesday.
Statement on Tonight’s #SQ820 Election Results pic.twitter.com/M2bC40R4zq
— Yes on 820 Campaign (@YesOn820) March 8, 2023
Here is what the Cannabis Legalization Project would have achieved:
The measure would have allowed adults aged 21 and over to buy and possess up to one ounce of cannabis (28 grams), grow up to six adult and six growing plants for personal use. The current Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority would have been responsible for regulating the program and issuing cannabis licenses.
A 15% excise tax would have been imposed on cannabis products for adult use, with the proceeds going to a Oklahoma Marijuana Revenue Trust Fundan Oklahoma Cannabis Trust Fund.
The funds would have first covered the cost of administering the program and the rest would have been distributed among the municipalities where the sales took place (10%), the State Judicial Revolving Fund (10%), the general fund (30%), grants for public education (30%), and grants for programs involved in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse (20%).
Those imprisoned for activities made legal by the measure would have been given the option of “filing a motion for re-sentencing, quashing of the conviction and dismissal, or modification of judgment and sentence. People who had already served their sentence for such a conviction could also have asked the courts to overturn their conviction.