A flurry of potentially paradigm-changing marijuana news broke over the 2019 holidays, while we were busy marbling our midsections and making bad decisions.
On December 12 a group filed a petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma. Amid explosive backlash from medical marijuana OGs, they withdrew the petition on December 23. Four days later, the same group refiled a new-ish petition to legalize recreational marijuana. Suffering Wild West of Weed whiplash, yet?
To help make sense of it all and to give you the inside scoop, Ryan Keisel — co-author of both recreational marijuana petitions and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma — is coming on The Lost Ogle Show next week. In the meantime, let’s take a mile-high look at what promises to be one of the biggest Oklahoma stories in 2020.
SQ 806 Petition is Filed!
Dec. 17, 2019 — via The Oklahoman:
An initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana use for Oklahomans ages 21 and older was quietly filed Thursday with the secretary of state’s office.
The 14-page petition seeks to amend Oklahoma’s constitution to legalize recreational marijuana for most residents and impose a 15% excise tax on recreational cannabis.
The measure also includes a provision to nullify many prior drug convictions, which could make waves in Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.
The State Question 806 petition came as a surprise to leaders of the state’s medical marijuana industry, who may push back against the measure over concerns that it could hinder the state’s existing medical program. – more –
Psyche! SQ 806 Petition is Withdrawn.
December 26, 2019 — via KFOR:
One week after the initiative petition was filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, the measure is dead.
According to online records, the proponents of the measure withdrew State Question 806 on Dec. 23.
At this point, it is unclear if they plan to rework the bill and refile it at a later date. – more –
SQ 806 Petition is Refiled as SQ 807!
December 27, 2019 — via Associated Press:
A group seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Oklahoma refiled their petition on Friday after facing a fierce backlash over what the plan might do to the state’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.
Two Oklahoma City residents — Michelle Tilley and Ryan Kiesel — filed the new paperwork for State Question 807 with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office. Tilley said the petition was redrafted to make sure there were greater protections for the existing medical marijuana industry and its patients.
“While we did not foresee any issues with our original language, we are strong supporters of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana programs and we felt it was worthwhile to eliminate any uncertainty,” Tilley said. – more –
So we know basically what happened and when — but do we know why? Who are the players and positions? How would recreational marijuana impact our state…and what happens to the Oklahoma green rush pioneers (the OGs)?
Those are questions for Ryan Keisel, and you can count on The Happy Ogle to share all the juicy details and insider predictions, as the fate of SQ 807 unfolds. If you have an hour to kill over lunch, pop over to our friends at Herbage Magazine to read the new petition in its entirety.