Recreational Marijuana Resounding No in Oklahoma

Oklahomans on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted against State Question 820, which would have legalized recreational marijuana in the Sooner State. With ninety-five percent of the precincts reporting, 61.7 percent of the state’s residents voted no and 38.3 percent voted yes.
 In Grady County, the no vote was even stronger with 73 percent voting against the measure to 27 percent voting in favor.
 Since the question failed, the supporters would have to mount another campaign to gather sufficient signatures to take the measure to the people for another vote or the state legislature could address the issue.
 Since the medical marijuana measure passed in Oklahoma in 2018, some 382,996 individuals or 9.6 percent of the population has received a medical marijuana card. There are 2,877 dispensaries licensed in Oklahoma including 337 in Grady County. These are 7,078 licensed growers in the state. Some 1,681 processors turn the medical marijuana products in Flower & Buds, Vape Cartridges, Edibles, Extracts (Solvent Based) Pre-Roll (Flower Only).
 According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, the use of nonmedical marijuana and the diversion of medical marijuana continues to increase in Oklahoma. The majority (72.7%) of law enforcement respondents rated the seriousness of the marijuana threat in their jurisdiction as “high” or “extremely high.” The majority (89.6%) of respondents also rated the availability of marijuana in their jurisdiction as “high.” Marijuana continues to remain the most widely available and commonly used drug in Oklahoma.
 According a source at: http://www.drugfree.org/drug/marijuana, the short-term effects of the drug are learning and memory problems, distorted thinking, problem solving difficulty, loss of motor coordination, hallucinations, and anxiety The long-term effects of prolonged use of marijuana may cause depression, paranoia, respiratory problems, impaired learning and memory functions.