Oklahoma Cannabis News

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis is illegal. Medical cannabis was legalized in June 2018, and sales began in October 2018.

In The News: Oklahoma recently approved a new law to allow medical marijuana delivery and make medical marijuana available to qualifying out-of-state patients.

Do you know where you state legislators stand on cannabis legalization? Ask them yourself!

  • Oklahoma voters approved a referendum to legalize medical marijuana in June 2018. The measure passed with 57% of the vote. 
  • While many states take years to get their medical marijuana programs operating, Oklahoma’s first dispensaries opened just four months after the law was approved. 
  • The medical marijuana law approved by Oklahoma voters is one of the least restrictive in the country in large part because there are no qualifying conditions. Physicians may recommend medical marijuana at their own discretion. 
  • Oklahoma has more medical marijuana dispensaries than any other state in the country, with 1,700 licensed retailers. For reference, California has just 600 dispensaries despite having a population that is 10x greater than Oklahoma’s
  • As of February 2020, more than 235,000 Oklahomans have a medical marijuana card. That’s over 5% of the state’s population. 
  • In March 2019, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a “Unity Bill” that modified the state’s medical marijuana law. The legislation instituted lab testing regulations and added exceptions to the original law’s ban on firing patients who test positive for marijuana.
  • A bill that would allow medical marijuana deliveries passed was approved by an Oklahoma House committee in February 2020. The bill will eventually go to the House floor for a full vote.
  • Oklahoma City decriminalized simple possession of marijuana in September 2018.

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WHERE DO OKLAHOMA’S SENATORS STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Sen. James Inhofe - R

0 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

Sen. James Lankford - R

0 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. (2016)

WHERE DO OKLAHOMA’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-1) - R

3 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Voted against the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)

 

Oklahoma’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Washington, Tulsa, Wagoner, Creek (partial), Rogers (partial)

 

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) - R

0 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Abstained from voting on the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Oklahoma’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Marshall, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Rogers (partial)

 

Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3) - R

0 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Voted against the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Oklahoma’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods, Woodward, Canadian (partial), Creek (partial)

 

Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) - R

1 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Voted against the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Oklahoma’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Love, McClain, Murray, Pontotoc, Stephens, Tillman (partial), Canadian (partial), Oklahoma (partial)

 

Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-5) R

2 Supports 7 Has Not Supported

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  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions
  • Reinvest In Communities Most Impacted By The War On Drugs
  • Allow States To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • Quote: “The MORE Act was filed more than a year ago and has never received a hearing, so I’m not sure that it will pass,” Bice said in the statement. “I do have some concerns with the bill, but Congress should be more focused on trying to pass the next federal relief package.” (2020)
  • Voted in favor of HB 3228, which would have allowed “some delivery services between dispensaries and patients, granted 90-day licenses that are renewable and would have allowed certain dispensaries to remain open even if they later fell within 1,000 feet of a school. It also addressed residency issues with growers and dispensary owners.” (2020)
  • Voted in favor HB 2612, which created the rules and regulations for Oklahoma’s voter-approved medical marijuana program. (2019)
  • Introduced SB 421, which would have reduced penalties for some drug charges and standardized many drug laws. (2019)

Oklahoma’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Pottawatomie, Seminole, Oklahoma (partial)

 

WHERE DOES OKLAHOMA'S GOVERNOR STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Gov. Kevin Stitt R

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  • Signed a bill to expand the regulatory framework for Oklahoma’s medical cannabis program, saying: “Since day one, I have said I support medical marijuana, when prescribed by a doctor, to help those with a serious health issue. I applaud the Legislature for their hard work and dedication to form the bipartisan, bicameral working group that has been working to address medical marijuana regulations since June.” (2019)
  • Quote: “We’ve gotta make sure that our businesses are protected. You know, the people spoke and they passed medical marijuana last year, so we’ve gotta make sure that we regulate that. We’ve gotta make sure that businesses can also perform, and businesses know how they’re going to drug test, how they’re going to provide a safe working environment for their employees and their manufacturing facilities, the trucks that are driving down our roads.” (2019)
  • Said he opposes recreational marijuana legalization, but would respect the will of the people if Oklahoma citizens voted to legalize it. He added: “Insurance costs have gone up in Colorado, homelessness. It’s not right for Oklahoma, and I will be the first one out there telling people that.” (2018)
  • Said he supports medical marijuana, but recreational marijuana has no place in Oklahoma because it brings unintended consequences like employment issues, conflicts with the banking system, and it could put local businesses at a disadvantage. (2018)
  • Quote: “Well, nobody is against medical marijuana. I’ve traveled across all 77 counties, if it’s going to help a patient, most Oklahomans are for that.”

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