Oklahoma court: Weed question won’t make November ballot

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A proposed state question about legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Oklahoma would not appear in November’s vote, the state’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, a blow to Democrats who had hoped the question would appeal to liberal voters. will activate.

The High Court rejected a request by supporters of State Question 820 to require the State Election Board to print the question on a general election ballot.

Justice Douglas Combs wrote in the majority opinion, “There is no way to include SQ820 on the November 2022 general election ballot. SQ820 will be voted on by the people of Oklahoma, even if in the next general election after November 8, 2022, or in a special election as determined by the Governor or the Legislature.”

The Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Law collected enough signatures to qualify the question for a statewide vote, but because it took longer than usual to count the signatures and for the courts to consider the many legal challenges to the motion, print There wasn’t enough time to do it. Ballots ahead of the November election. Oklahoma Election Board officials said earlier this year the statutory deadline for calling the state question election for November was August 29.

“It is disappointing that some people with their own political interests were able to use the process in November to dissuade voters from voting on it,” campaign director Michelle Tilley said in a statement. “However, we can’t see how far we’ve come. That’s a big deal. Now the petition phase is over, and Oklahomaans will be here to vote to legalize recreational marijuana, and we’re going to have those soon.” Everyone can feel the benefits that our state will bring.”

If approved by voters, the question would legalize the use of marijuana for any adult over the age of 21. Marijuana sales would be subject to a 15% excise tax on top of the standard sales tax, and revenues from it would be used to help fund local municipalities, the court system, public schools, substance abuse treatment, and the state’s general revenue. Do it.

The proposal also outlines a judicial process for people to seek the expulsion or dismissal of marijuana-related former convictions.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said he opposes the proposal and that the country’s patchwork of state laws on marijuana has become problematic.

“Do I wish the Feds would pass legalized marijuana? Yeah. I think a lot of issues from all these different states will address that,” Stitt said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. “But in our state, trying to defend our state right now, I don’t think it will be good for Oklahoma.”

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