Oklahoma votes to legalize medical marijuana

Voters in Oklahoma have elected to legalize medical marijuana, making it the 30th state to allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Oklahoma State Question 788 allows individuals 18 and older to obtain a medical marijuana license with a board-certified physician’s signature. A new office in the Oklahoma State Department of Health will enforce regulations, including licensing for dispensaries, growers, and processors.

The measure is also relatively unique in that it doesn’t tie medical marijuana to any specific qualifying conditions, which will likely make it easier, compared to other states, to obtain marijuana for medicinal uses.

56 percent of voters supported legalizing medical marijuana, while 43 percent opposed it.

According to recent polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Center the majority of Americans (61%) support legalization of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes. With growing acceptance of medical and recreational cannabis in the United States, employers should expect continued activity regulating employer and employee rights in this area.

Currently, there are only four states left that completely ban all recreational and medical uses for cannabis and cannabinoids.

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