Two weeks after medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma, two petitions are now being passed around in Lawton to try and get the ball rolling to alter some of the regulations.
One of the petitions highlights the need to take off the restrictions that were placed earlier this week on medical marijuana, such as recommendations like banning smokable cannabis and limiting the number of dispensaries. While the other petition pertains to allowing recreational use.
The medical marijuana petition is for State Question 796 and the recreational use petition is for State Question 797. The petitions were started by the “Green to Vote” organization and could get those questions on the November ballot if they receive enough signatures.
If that happens, and State Question 797 passes it would only allow people 21-years-old and older to use marijuana recreationally.
Jacob Pou works at Seven Leaf Essentials and says marijuana has helped him.
“I’ve had my own personal experience of basically getting my life back. I’m a veteran and they like to put veteran’s on a lot of pills the VA does and the Army does and I kind of got to the point where they were no longer effective. They were doing more harm than good,” said Pou.
Pou believes it should be legal but there should be some restrictions in place.
“I am a responsible individual that chooses to use it responsibly. I do understand the reality that people out there may not choose to use it responsibly so it is necessary unfortunately for the same reason we have stop signs because I guess people don’t have common sense to look both ways at a four-way but it is necessary that we have government regulations,” said Pou.
As of July 4, the petition for State Question 796 had 60,000 signatures and the petition for State Question 797 had 80,000. Each petition needs 125,000 signatures by August 1 to make it on the November ballot.
If you want to know where these petitions are located, click here.
Emergency rules for medical marijuana were signed Wednesday by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Under the new emergency rules, smokeable forms of medical marijuana would be banned from sale in dispensaries.
Licensed medical marijuana users would also still be allowed to use it if it was grown themselves.
Under the new rules, adults who wish to be licensed must be recommended by one board-certified physician.
Minors would need recommendations from two board-certified physicians.