Oklahoma Legalized Medical Marijuana, to the Likely Dismay of Scott Pruitt – Westword
What a difference four years makes. In 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska were suing Colorado in federal court for this state’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but now the Sooner State is starting to catch up to Colorado’s affinity for the plant — and in some cases, even surpass it.
On Tuesday, June 26, voters approved Question 788, making Oklahoma the thirtieth state in the country to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The measure passed with 57 percent approval, and is being lauded by MMJ advocates for its broad-reaching nature. Unlike the large majority of states with MMJ programs (including Colorado), Oklahoma will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for any condition they see fit.
The victory represents a shifting tide in the traditionally Republican state as legalizing marijuana becomes less of a bipartisan issue. Opponents of the measure reportedly spent around a $500,000 on TV ads to derail the measure, but they were missing the man who’d helped push the infamous 2014 lawsuit against Colorado: Oklahoma’s then-Attorney General, Scott Pruitt.
Back then, Pruitt took issue with the Obama administration for “not enforcing federal drug law.” However, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the lawsuit in 2015, and President Donald Trump elevated Pruitt to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency — and a target for probes into lavish spending habits. Oklahoma is currently waiting to elect a new AG, with only one major candidate (interim AG Mike Hunter) publicly opposing the measure.
Oklahoma passed a measure legalizing medical marijuana on June 26.
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Future Oklahoma MMJ patients will be able to possess three ounces of marijuana in public (two more ounces than Colorado’s limit), and have up to eight ounces at home. Concentrates and edibles will also be allowed, as will