Cannabis advocates in Oklahoma have filed ballot initiatives for 2022 to legalize adult-use cannabis and replace the current medical cannabis oversight agency, the Tulsa World reports. Jed Green, co-founder for Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, said the petitions are necessary because he doesn’t see the reforms making it through the legislative process “any time soon.”
Green said a new oversight agency for the state’s medical cannabis program would ensure independent supervision of the program which would “increase transparency and create a structure that could be functional.” Currently, the state Health Department oversees medical cannabis in Oklahoma.
“When decisions are being made about how funds are being spent, … you have to go to either the commissioner of health or the governor to understand the decisions that are being made,” You can try to have conversations and be productive with [Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority] directors, but at the end of the day they’re having talks that you’re not in the room for. And they’re making decisions that are not in line with the industry, and it’s tough. We have all the reason to believe the governor is not going to sign off on a new state agency if it makes it through the Senate.” — Green to the World