Momentum Gathers In Oklahoma Before Recreational Marijuana Ballot In November

It has been four years since the residents in Oklahoma passed the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative and now voters can soon take a decision on legalizing recreational marijuana.

In Oklahoma City, more than 100 boxes totaling over 164,000 signatures were dropped off at the Secretary of State's office on 5 July. The signatures will be verified before State Question 820 makes it to the November ballot.

Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana is behind the signature collection and push to be on the ballot. The group had 90 days to collect 94,911 signatures before August 1st this year. They collected nearly 50,000 more signatures than required and turned them in a month before the deadline.

Ryan Kiesel, a senior consultant for the State Question 820 Campaign, said about the campaign, "We think Oklahomans are ready for this. We think that the state needs this and putting it off was really not a question for us."

Voters will decide on whether or not to approve legalized recreational marijuana as a state statute in November.

Since the passage of medical marijuana, cardholders have been taxed 7 percent to purchase cannabis. This generated more revenue than was anticipated, and if approved, recreational marijuana use will be taxed at 15 percent, bringing in more money to the state. Marijuana for medical purposes will continue to be taxed at 7%.

Kiesel said, "To be clear, medical marijuana was never really meant to be a revenue generator for the state, it's about medicine. When you move over to recreational, it is a revenue generator. The revenue that we've seen generated with medical marijuana, we anticipate will be even larger with recreational."

If legalized, recreational marijuana can only be purchased by individuals ages 21-and-up. Residents from outside of Oklahoma will also be allowed to purchase marijuana while in the state.

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