Cannabis advocate group files petition to legalize recreational marijuana
A new effort by a group of Oklahoma cannabis advocates hopes to put recreational marijuana on the ballot. Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action has filed a citizen initiative petition for an amendment to the state constitution.
ORCA Director Jed Green spearheaded the effort. He says people are already smoking marijuana recreationally, and that all this would do is would allow the state to properly regulate it.
“Recreational marijuana has happened and has been here for a long time,” he said. “It’s here, it’s going to be here, this effort is what the state is needed to effectively enforce and provide for consumer safety.”
The petition has a 10-day window where an individual or entity can challenge the constitutionality of their proposal. After that, they would need 178,000 signatures in 90 days. Green is confident they can hit that mark, telling KFOR they’re going to aim closer to 250,000.
For green, the petition was the best way to enact change because it was too unrealistic to expect it to be addressed by state lawmakers.
“It’s gonna be a real hard lift to expect the legislature to make this jump, especially in an election year,” he said.
Representative Scott Fetgatter agrees, adding he has tried to address marijuana issues in the legislature before but they always die when they get to the Senate.
“It just gets stalled out,” he said. “I think it’s a big enough issue that the governor as well as the Senate has got to stop sticking their heads in the sand in this issue and have a discussion.”