Petition to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Filed in Oklahoma

Cannabis policy reform advocates in Oklahoma filed a petition on Thursday for a ballot initiative that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. The group, Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, also submitted a petition for a separate initiative proposal that would modify the state’s current medical marijuana program.

“A lot of this is stuff that has been advocated for by a lot of folks in the community and industry over the last three years, and I don’t see it’s going to make it through the legislative process any time soon,” Jed Green, an organizer of the group, said about the content of two proposed ballot measures.

The recreational petition initiative, known as the Oklahoma Marijuana Regulation and Right to Use Act, would legalize cannabis for all adults 21 and older. The proposal would allow adults to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana purchased from licensed retailers. 

Purchases of adult-use cannabis would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax, with revenue dedicated to regulating the industry. The tax on medical cannabis, currently at seven percent, would be eliminated in stages over the span of one year. Excess taxes collected for either program would be used for cannabis research, water resources, and law enforcement training.

The initiative also allows for the home cultivation of up to 12 cannabis plants, which would not be subject to the eight-ounce limit on possession. The measure also includes provisions for those with past convictions for marijuana offenses to have their records expunged or apply for judicial review.

“Until we pass recreational (marijuana legalization) we will not be able to truly bring stability to our program. Legalization prevents diversion,” Green said. “Folks have been and are going to use marijuana. Have been for decades. It is in the best interest of our state to get ahead of the curve on this issue. We must put this issue to rest.”

Medical Marijuana Reform Petition also Filed

Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action also filed a second petition to reform the state’s current medical marijuana program. The measure, titled the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Act, would amend the state constitution to create the Oklahoma State Cannabis Commission. 

The new agency would serve as the regulatory body for medical cannabis patients and businesses. The State Health Department, at the discretion of the OSCC’s board, would retain oversight of food permit and safety regulations with cannabis products. 

The commission’s board would be made up of representatives of state agencies that have regulatory authority over any aspect of the cannabis industry. The commission would also allocate funding to those agencies to support their regulatory and oversight duties.

Green also campaigned to get State Question 788 to legalize medical marijuana on the 2018 ballot. Since the initiative’s passage, Oklahoma has licensed more than 375,000 cannabis patients, more than 2,300 dispensaries, 8,600 cultivators and about 1,500 cannabis processors. But he says that a lack of enforcement of the cannabis industry has made it difficult for legal businesses to operate effectively while allowing the state to become a hotbed of illicit activity.

“What we’ve seen with that not being done is a big problem,” Green said. “The efforts that the (Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control) is making right now to clean up this variety of, especially illegal grow ops we have; that does not happen overnight. That level of infrastructure does not get built overnight.”

Both petitions include language stating that the presence of THC metabolites in a person’s bodily fluids or hair is not on its own proof of cannabis impairment. Additionally, screening tests showing the presence of such metabolites can not be used to deny a person housing, health care, public assistance or other rights.

If the petitions are not challenged within 10 days, Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action will have 90 days to gather at least 178,000 signatures for each proposal to qualify for the 2022 ballot.

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Activists in Oklahoma Finalize Recreational Cannabis Ballot Proposals

An activist group in Oklahoma said this week that it has put the finishing touches on a pair of ballot proposals that would legalize recreational pot in the state and overhaul its medical marijuana program. 

Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, or “ORCA,” said on Tuesday that it had produced the “final drafts” of the two petitions that could help get the initiatives on next year’s ballot in the state.

Under the proposed Oklahoma Marijuana Regulation and Right to Use Act, it would be lawful for “all persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older to grow, purchase, transport, receive, prepare and consume marijuana and marijuana products,” and to “possess up to: twelve (12) marijuana plants and the marijuana harvested therefrom; one (1) ounce of concentrated marijuana; seventy-two (72) ounces of topical marijuana; seventy-two (72) ounces of edible marijuana; eight (8) ounces of suppository marijuana and eight (8) ounces of commercially sold marijuana.”

The petition explicitly addresses “impairment testing,” saying that if the initiative passed, no “test which identifies the presence of THC metabolites in a person’s blood, urine, hair, hair follicle or other body fluids or tissues shall be used as evidence of impairment or intoxication for the purposes of denying any form of healthcare, housing, employment, public assistance, license or licensed activity, public benefit, parental right, educational opportunity or extracurricular activity.”

The Oklahoma Marijuana Regulation and Right to Use Act would establish an “expungement program,” taking a cue from other states that have included retroactive expungement in their own legalization efforts.

Oklahoma Stepping it Up

Under Oklahoma’s program, a person currently serving time for a pot-related conviction “may file a petition for resentencing, reversal of conviction and dismissal of case or modification of judgment and sentence before the trial court that entered the judgment of conviction in the person’s case to request resentencing, modification or reversal in accordance with this Article.”

It would also open the door for a “person who has completed his or her sentence for a conviction, whether by trial or plea of guilty or nolo contendere, whose conduct would have been lawful had this Article been in effect at the time of the offense, [to] file a petition before the trial court that entered the judgment of conviction in the person’s case to have the conviction dismissed, expunged and vacated as legally invalid in accordance with this Article.”

The law would levy an excise tax rate of 15 percent for “marijuana and marijuana products purchased by persons without a valid Oklahoma medical marijuana patient license or Oklahoma caregiver license.” The tax revenue would be divided up among various agencies anc causes. 

Ten percent of the gross collection of taxes on retail sales would go to “the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for infrastructure financing programs to foster water supply reliability and economic and environmental resiliency,” while five percent would go to “the Department of Human Services to provide for Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Programs for the benefit of persons with physical and developmental disabilities.”

Another five percent is going to “not-for-profit organizations, whether government or community-based, to increase access to evidence-based low-barrier drug addiction treatment and to support job placement, housing, and counseling for those with substance use disorders.” 

Various other agencies would absorb the rest of the tax revenue.

ORCA’s other petition addresses Oklahoma’s new medical cannabis program, which was established after voters in the state passed a measure legalizing the treatment in 2018.

Under the so-called Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Act, a newly created state agency called the Oklahoma State Cannabis Commission would “assume all administrative, regulatory and appropriate adjudicative authority over cannabis, hemp and marijuana plants, the products derived therefrom, and the related services as established in the provisions set forth in this Article.”

The new OSCC would supplant the existing Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, which was established to oversee the state’s medical cannabis program.

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021


The cannabis cup is virtual this year—virtually awesome, that is, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible to judge safely from the comfort of your home. Here are the well-deserved winners of the Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021.

Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Oklahoma! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.

Indica Flower

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First Place: Gas Giant – Wedding Crasher

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Second Place: Stability Cannabis – Terple #17

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Third Place: Texoma Labs – Gelato

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Fourth Place: F5 Farms – Sunset Runtz

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Platinum Gorilla Glue

Sativa Flower

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First Place: F5 Farms – Tropic Runtz

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Second Place: ALTVM – Lilac Diesel

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Third Place: Progressive Grow Labs – Tropicana Scream

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Fourth Place: Counter Culture Cannabis – Rubber City x Lemon Mints

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Mimosa

Hybrid Flower

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First Place: Phresh Harvest – Oreoz

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Second Place: Tradecraft Farms – Georgia Pie

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Third Place: ALTVM – Mafia Funeral

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Fourth Place: Good Luck Provisions – Strawberry Banana

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Designer Runtz

Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Texoma Labs – Dirty 30’s Pre-Roll

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Second Place: Chimney Hill Apothecary – Pineapple Chunk Pre-Roll

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Third Place: Calyx – Black Jack Glue #6 Pre-Roll

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Fourth Place: Extraordinary Everything – Grape Blow Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Stability Cannabis: Perfect Ratio- GMO Pre-Roll

Infused Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Icy Melts Solventless – Carter Creek Remix Hash Rosin Stix

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Second Place: Jungle King – San Fernando Valley Infused Pre-Roll

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Third Place: ALTVM x Cicada Labs – Live Rosin Infused Blunt

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Strawberry Sherbert Giggle Sticks Infused Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Hellagood – Platinum Slurricane Infused Blunt

Sativa Concentrates

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First Place: Releaf Extracts – Amnesia Haze Sativa Diamonds

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Second Place: Alterra Wellness x Apothecary Extracts – Citrus Gummiez Sativa Sugar

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Third Place: ALTRD – AK 49 Sativa Applesauce

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Fourth Place: Xen Xtracts – StrawLemonade Sativa Concentrate

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Sour Diesel #93 Sativa Live Resin

Indica Concentrates

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First Place: Desert Extracts: Slow Burn – Peanut Butter Breath Live Resin Indica Badder

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Second Place: FJC Creations – GDP Indica Diamonds

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Third Place: Oil Tycoon x ALTVM Deathstar Indica Diamonds & Sauce

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – All Gas OG Cake Indica Badder

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Fifth Place: Releaf Extracts – Night Nurse Indica Diamonds

Non-Solvent Concentrates

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First Place: Cicada Labs x Jubel Exotics – DK Smash Live Rosin Batter

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Second Place: 918 OG – Mimosa Live Rosin

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Third Place: Wight Rabbit Extracts x Deepwell – Tropicanna Cookies Cold Cure Batter

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Fourth Place: Leaf Logic X Arbuckle Farms- Terple Live Rosin Batter

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Fifth Place: Nature’s Kiss – Gelato Cake Cold Cure Live Rosin

Sativa Vape Pens

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First Place: Flav – Forbidden Fruit Sativa Vape

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Second Place: DIME Industries – Mango Diesel Sativa Vape

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Third Place: Rove – Waui Sativa Vape

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Fourth Place: Releaf Labs – Maui Wowie Sativa Vape

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Cantalope Haze Blitzed Sativa Vape

Indica Vape Pens

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First Place: Rove – Skywalker Indica Vape

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Second Place: Flav – Tropical Trainwreck Indica Vape

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Third Place: Purple Reign – Key Lime Pie Indica Vape

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Fourth Place: Robot Pharmer- Roach Waffle Cone Live Resin Indica Vape

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Fifth Place: Golden Trends – Snozzberry Indica Vape Pen

Edibles: Gummies

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First Place: Pharmer’s Daughter – Rozin Bitez

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Second Place: Flav – Sour Gummy Rainbow Belts

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Third Place: Swerve – Lights Out Melatonin Gummies

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Fourth Place: White Cliff – Piña Colada 100mg Fruit Chews

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Fifth Place: Smokiez – Watermelon Fruit Chews

Edibles: Non-Gummies

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First Place: 918 OG – Solventless Fruit Crisps

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Second Place: Robot Pharmer – Live Elixir Strawberry Lemonade

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Third Place: Crispy’s – Churro Toffee Dream Bar

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Dark Chocolate Bar

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Fifth Place: Chef Joey’s – Berry Nuts Granola

Topicals, Tinctures and Capsules

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First Place: 918 OG – Rosin Senzu Beans Capsules

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Second Place: Bangi Topicals – Pain Stick

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Third Place: Sweet Stuff – Flawless Anti-Aging Cream

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Fourth Place: Mary’s Medicinals – Salve

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Fifth Place: ElectraLeaf – Pain Relief Roll-On

Hemp-Derived CBD

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First Place: Rove Remedies – Uplift Hemp CBD Vape

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Second Place: Turbo – Runtz Delta-8 Vape

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Third Place: Green Spectrums – Vanilla Coffee Orbz

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