Oklahoma marijuana bill fails in Senate ahead of ballot vote
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would legalize and regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma has failed to pass in the Senate amid concerns over anticipating a vote by residents.
Oklahoma voters will go to the polls June 26 to determine if a state question to legalize medical marijuana should pass.
Democratic state Senate Minority Leader John Sparks says it's bad policy to pre-empt the public's vote on a state question. He says it could create confusion if both the bill and the state question passed.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ervin Yen, has put his measure on a procedural motion to reconsider the vote.
Yen says the ballot question as written would legalize recreational marijuana, whereas his measure would legalize and also regulate medical marijuana.
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The Gayly. March 14, 2018. 2:19 p.m. CST.