Oklahoma voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in a statewide election yesterday. Votes in favor of State Question 788 (SQ 788) totaled 56 percent of the ballots cast, while 43 percent opposed the measure. SQ 788 legalizes cannabis for medicinal use and establishes a regulatory framework for a legal supply chain.
Unlike medicinal cannabis legislation in many states, SQ 788 does not include a list of specific qualifying conditions. Instead, the initiative allows doctors to decide if their patients might benefit from cannabis.
Chip Paul is the chairman of Oklahomans for Health, a cannabis advocacy group responsible for SQ 788. He told High Times that the measure is a victory for patients.
“With the passage of SQ788, Oklahomans have passed perhaps the most unique medical marijuana law in the nation. With no qualifying conditions, the law will put accountability squarely in the hands of physicians and under the same state regulatory controls as prescription medications. We are pleased that Oklahomans have seen our vision and have adopted the state question into law.”
Is SQ 788 Recreational Pot in Disguise?
But that provision mobilized the opposition, who believe that the initiative is really a guise for recreational marijuana. The group SQ 788 Is Not