Side effects: Politicians and marijuana activists look ahead to future changes
Marijuana is handled in this file photo. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
A year after medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma, state lawmakers and marijuana advocates seem to have found a balance in implementing State Question 788 and moving the industry forward into the near future.
Sweeping legislation — the result of a major compromise between legislators and cannabis advocates — to regulate the medical marijuana industry will go into effect later this month.
Meanwhile, there are whispers of an initiative petition to put the question of legalizing recreational marijuana to a statewide vote, which could shake up Oklahoma’s fledgling marijuana industry and the new regulatory framework.
But lawmakers and medical marijuana supporters are largely in agreement that they want to let the state adjust to the changes of SQ 788 and the accompanying legislation before any