US (OK): Voters reject legalization ballot initiative

Oklahoma voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have legalized cannabis for adult use.

For 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.

Advocates tried to put the reform on the November 2022 ballot, but delays in signature verification by officials and the state Supreme Court’s subsequent decision in litigation meant that it missed the window to qualify for that cycle. In October, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) called a special election for the cannabis measure that took place on Tuesday.

The measure would have allowed adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six mature plants and six seedlings for personal use. The current Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority would have been responsible for regulating the program and issuing cannabis business licenses.


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