Legalization Campaign Admits to Lying About Signature Totals in Oklahoma

Oklahoma advocacy group Green The Vote has admitted to lying about the number of signatures they’ve collected to put a cannabis legalization question before voters. The revelation was made via Facebook video early on Tuesday, and confirmed in a follow-up video by Isaac Caviness, long-time president of Green The Vote. The group announced last month […]

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Oklahoma Reverses Restrictive Medical Cannabis Rules

This week, the Oklahoma Board of Health reversed some of the restrictive medical cannabis rules it passed earlier this month without democratic support, according to a Star Tribune report. The reversals included many controversial rules first passed by the Board, such as a ban on smoking cannabis, requiring a pregnancy test before dispensing marijuana to a […]

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Oklahoma Legalization Initiative Not Likely to Make Nov. Ballot

Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson said on Monday that the chances of voters seeing the state’s adult-use legalization question on November’s ballot are very slim, according to a Tulsa World report. In fact, advocates have prepared two separate cannabis initiatives for the ballot. The first, State Question 796, would codify legal medical marijuana into the Oklahoma Constitution […]

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Okla. Attorney General: Board of Health’s MMJ Rules Surpass Its Authority

The Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has advised the state’s Board of Health that emergency rules passed last week regarding medical cannabis, including a complete ban on smokable products, is against the will of voters and outside the Board’s authority, according to KOCO 5 report. The Board’s decision was controversial and resulted in the immediate resignation […]

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Oklahoma Gov. Circumvents Voters, Signs Strict Cannabis Rules Into Effect

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) ratified strict emergency medical cannabis rules on Wednesday, flouting voters’ wishes on the issue, SF Gate reports. The rules were drafted by the governor’s appointees on the state Board of Health at an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The rules ban smokable cannabis and require pharmacists at all dispensaries. Medical cannabis advocates […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Program Forges Ahead; Health Officials Tack On New Restrictions

Since Oklahoma voters decided to legalize medical cannabis last month, state officials have fast-tracked the creation of regulatory guidelines for the new industry which, under the voter-approved law, are required within 60 days of the election. Pushback from concerned health officials, however, now threatens to stunt the program’s effectiveness from the outset, the Associated Press reports. […]

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Oklahoma Officials Release Rules Proposal for State’s Medical Marijuana Authority

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released the final draft of rules outlining the state’s newly established Medical Marijuana Authority program on Sunday, according to a KOCO 5 News report. The move was mandated by voters when they approved a ballot initiative last month legalizing the medical use of cannabis. A rough draft of the rules was first released for […]

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Efforts to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Progress in Oklahoma

Hot on the heels of Oklahoma‘s successful medical cannabis vote, advocates in the state are collecting signatures to put adult-use legalization on the November ballot, Oklahoma’s News 4 reports. The initiative, State Question 797, would allow adults who are 21 or older to possess, use, grow, process, and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. Advocates with ‘Green the […]

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Oklahoma Voters Legalize Medical Cannabis

On Tuesday, voters at the polls in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure to legalize medical cannabis, according to a CNBC report. After nearly a two-year-old signature drive, cannabis activists were finally successful in bringing State Question 788 to the Oklahoma ballot earlier this year. Oklahoma’s medical marijuana rules are some of the most progressive medical cannabis rules adopted to […]

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Oklahoma Voters Consider Medical Cannabis Legalization on Tuesday

Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday whether to pass State Question 778 (SQ778), which would open the door to medical cannabis access across the state, according to a NORML news release. SQ778 — which would let doctors recommend and prescribe medical cannabis for any condition, using their discretion — has been praised by cannabis advocates for allowing doctors, […]

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State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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Oklahoma State University Not Participating in Inaugural Hemp Pilot Program

Oklahoma State University, the state’s largest agricultural college, will not participate in the inaugural hemp pilot program because the law was passed too late in the year for school officials to develop a plan for the program, News9 reports. The bill was signed into law in late April and required 30-day notice in an application […]

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Oklahoma Advocates Approved to Begin Collecting Legalization Petition Signatures

Advocates in Oklahoma have received state approval to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative asking voters whether to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis in November, according to a KOKH. The measure would add legalization to the state constitution, rather than as a law, which would also need to be codified by the state […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Hemp Bill, Moves to Governor

Oklahoma’s Senate has passed a hemp legalization bill by a huge 39-1 margin, according to a KOKO5 report. The bi-partisan measure unanimously passed the House last month. Rep. Mickey Dollens, a Democrat, said hemp has the potential to be the state’s “next $1 billion industry.” Dollens, along with his colleague Republican Rep. Jon Echols, estimate […]

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Oklahoma Advocates Eye Cannabis Legalization Constitutional Amendment Initiative

Advocates in Oklahoma plan to file two petitions this week to begin gathering signatures in an effort to add constitutional amendments for both medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the state, according to a Tulsa World report. Green the Vote President Isaac Caviness said the group is seeking to add the reforms to the state […]

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Oklahoma House Unanimously Approves Bi-Partisan Industrial Hemp Bill; Moves to Senate

Oklahoma’s House has unanimously approved an industrial hemp pilot program bill which would allow the state’s farmers to obtain a license to grow the crop, KOKH reports. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mickey Collens and Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, a Republican. “The potential provided in this bill is limitless. In the long […]

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City Councilman in Norman, Oklahoma Cleared of Paraphernalia Charges Following Canna-Expert’s Testimony

Ending a court case that may seem laughably unnecessary in this age of growing drug reform, jurors in Norman, Oklahoma last week declared City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman and local store owner Robert Cox not guilty of selling glass pipes for illicit drug purposes. Prosecutors had charged the defendants with knowingly profiting from drug activity, which […]

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Oklahoma Changes ‘Marijuana’ Definition to Exclude Fed-Approved CBD

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill removing any federally approved CBD product or drug from the state’s definition of “marijuana,” NewsOK reports. However, the move does little in the way of providing access to CBD therapies as no CBD-based drug or product has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In Oklahoma, […]

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Restores MMJ Ballot Initiative Title

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out a rewrite of the title of a ballot measure to legalize medical cannabis in the state, paving the way for State Question 788 to make its way to voters, according to a NewsOK.com report. The ballot measure has been on hold since September, when then-Attorney General Scott Pruitt […]

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Battle Over Question Title in Oklahoma Could Force MMJ Off Ballot

Advocates in Oklahoma are preparing a legal challenge against Attorney General Scott Pruitt over his rewording of the medical marijuana ballot question title, the Associated Press reports. The legal challenge will likely force the initiative from ballots this election. Chip Paul, spokesperson for Oklahomans for Health, said Pruitt’s changing of the title “probably intended” to […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Campaign Submits Enough Signatures to Qualify for Ballot

Activists behind the Oklahomans for Health medical cannabis legalization campaign have submitted enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot, according to a KOKH Fox 25 report. The development was confirmed by Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of State Chris Benge’s office, which announced on August 23 that it had counted 67,761 petition signatures […]

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Slow Counting Could Cost OK MMJ Plan Spot on Ballot

Slow counting of ballot petitions could hurt the chances of a medical marijuana initiative to be put to voters in Oklahoma, according to the Red Dirt Report. The deadline to include the questions for November ballots is the end of the month. Joe Dorman, a former state representative and supporter of State Question 788, said […]

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Oklahoma MMJ Supporters Say They Are ‘Real Close’ to Ballot Initiative

Supporters in Oklahoma collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot initiative say they are “real close” to securing a spot for the measure on the November ballot, according to a Tulsa World report. The group needs 65,987 signatures for the initiative to appear on the ballot. “I am willing to do whatever it takes to […]

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Nebraska and Oklahoma Seek to Join Court Challenge Against Colorado Cannabis Laws

The attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a motion to be added to two existing lawsuits attempting to shutter Colorado’s legal marijuana program, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit by the states last month. If the motion is approved, Nebraska and Oklahoma would be added to the suit brought […]

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