Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Fails in
Oklahoma as All 77 Counties Vote Against

(USA TODAY( OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans gave a resounding “No” to legalizing recreational marijuana sales Tuesday, striking a blow against efforts to expand an industry beyond the state’s current medical marijuana framework set up five years ago.
Over 61% of voters rejected State Question 820, which was criticized by some law enforcement, religious leaders and public school administrators in the closing weeks of the campaign as a step too far. At its core, the state question would have legalized recreational sales to anyone 21 and older. Supporters sought to expand the law, which would have effectively decriminalized marijuana use and would have allowed persons to seek expungement of their criminal record for most marijuana-related convictions.
Instead, Oklahoma’s marijuana laws will remain as-is, barring any significant changes considered by lawmakers this year.
All 77 counties voted against the state question. It lost in Oklahoma County, the home of Oklahoma City, by just 36 votes.
“We are obviously pleased with the results,” said Pat McFerron, a campaign advisor for the No 820 campaign. “We think this sends a clear message that Oklahomans oppose the unfettered access to marijuana we have experienced under our so-called medical program. Voters clearly want to protect our children, crack down on organized crime, and improve the mental health of those in our state.”
Yes on 820 Campaign Director Michelle Tilley said, “I challenge our legislature, I challenge our governor, this in your hands now.”
“This wasn’t about legalizing marijuana. This was about keeping Oklahomans out of the criminal justice system,” senior campaign adviser Ryan Kiesel told a crowd of supporters at the Yes on 820 watch party. “The other thing to keep in mind is that this is not the end of the effort to end prohibition in the state of Oklahoma. This is halftime.”
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Gentner Drummond both issued statements praising the outcome of the vote, reiterating their goals of cracking down on the black market and organized crime that sprang out of the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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