Two New Adult-Use Cannabis Petitions Filed in Oklahoma

A previous petition, State Question 806, was pulled after receiving criticism from medical cannabis advocates.

December 30, 2019

Two groups are competing to bring adult-use cannabis legalization initiatives to the November 2020 ballot.

A group of cannabis advocates in Oklahoma filed a new adult-use cannabis petition with the secretary of state’s office Dec. 27 after withdrawing a similar proposal.

The original petition, called State Question 806, was pulled after it received criticism from the medical cannabis community, who said they were not consulted for input and that the petition had not been fully vetted, according to a Tulsa World report.

“The new ballot initiative strengthens the language of the previously filed initiative to ensure that we are crystal clear that this program does not adversely affect the current Oklahoma medical marijuana industry or its patients,” said Michelle Tilley, a spokeswoman for the filers, in a public statement.

The new petition has been designated SQ 807, and was signed by Tilley, an Oklahoma City political consultant, and Ryan Kiesel, a former state representative and the executive director of Oklahoma’s American Civil Liberties Union affiliate, according to Tulsa World.

The proposal would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and allow adults 21 and older to grow up to six mature cannabis plants and six seedlings at home for personal use. It would also impose a 15% sales tax on adult-use cannabis.

Tulsa’s Paul Tay filed a competing adult-use cannabis petition, called SQ 808, the same day.

Tay’s proposal leaves most taxation and regulation decisions to the state, but requires that reparations be paid to individuals incarcerated on cannabis-related charges, Tulsa World reports.

SQ 807 would also allow incarcerated individuals to have their records reduced or expunged.

Both are proposed constitutional amendments.

The petitions are subject to a 10-day challenge period, according to the news outlet, and then supporters can start gathering the 178,000 required signatures to qualify for the ballot.