Supporters of medical marijuana filed an initiative petition Friday seeking a public vote on whether to make medical marijuana use legal in Oklahoma.
Supporters will need to gather 155,216 signatures over a 90-day period to get the issue on the Oklahoma ballot.
The petition seeks to make it legal for Oklahoma doctors to prescribe marijuana for 37 separate ailments, including AIDS, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, migraines, premenstrual syndrome, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and severe nausea.
The petition was filed by Charles “Chip” Paul on behalf of a Tulsa-based organization called Oklahomans for Health. A telephone call to the number listed for that organization reached an answering machine for Palm Beach Vapors. The voice message identified Paul as Palm Beach Vapors’ chief executive officer, but he could not be reached for comment.
The state Health Department would license and regulate medical marijuana under the proposed state constitutional amendment.
About the proposal
The proposal calls for a 7 percent tax on medical marijuana sales, with proceeds going to fund the regulatory office. Any surplus money would be split, with 75 percent going to the Oklahoma State Education general fund and 25 percent to the state Health Department, earmarked for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Medical marijuana users would be required to obtain a medical card signed by a doctor and a $125 license.
People who obtain a license would be allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and six marijuana plants.
The proposal would make it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $400 for people who don’t have a license, but can state a qualifying medical condition for a license, to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana or six marijuana plants.
The proposal also establishes procedures and a $2,500 application fee for businesses to become licensed as dispensaries, growers and packagers.