Oklahoma voters divided on medical marijuana rules

Posted on: 7/25/18

As state leaders grapple with the best way to implement “medical marijuana,” a new poll shows Oklahoma voters are divided on the SQ 788 rules that included prohibiting the use of smokable marijuana and requiring a pharmacist be on site at dispensaries.   

The Sooner Poll, conducted in mid-July of likely voters, shows that voters are divided on these two issues. On the banning of smokable marijuana products, voters are evenly divided with 47 percent supporting the rule and 47 percent opposing the rule. On the issue of requiring a pharmacist at every dispensary, 51 percent support the rule and 43 percent oppose the rule.

According to pollster Bill Shepard, “They (voters) want marijuana to be treated like any other drug, and when they think of how drugs are dispensed in the state, they’re dispensed through a pharmacist.”

A joint House, Senate working group will begin a series of meetings to address implementation of SQ 788 today and the Board of Health has called a special meeting on Aug. 1 to revisit the recently passed rules. For more information, click here. (Lynne White)

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